War and Peace adapted for six-part BBC drama

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Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace is being adapted into a six-part series for the BBC.

Andrew Davies is writing the BBC1 drama, which is being made through BBC Wales.

BBC1 controller Danny Cohen said: “War and Peace is truly epic in scale and builds on BBC1’s commitment to bringing audiences drama of the highest quality and impact. Told over six episodes, Andrew Davies will bring his exceptional powers of adaptation to this literary masterpiece.”

Davies described War and Peace as a “thrilling, funny and heartbreaking story of love, war and family life”.

War and Peace was commissioned by Cohen and Ben Stephenson, BBC controller of drama commissioning.

It will be shown in 2015.