The entire production was broadcast on New Year’s Day on BBC Radio 4 starting at 9AM.
Paterson Joseph heads an all star as Pierre Bezukhov with Stephen Campbell Moore as Andrei Bolkonsky John Hurt as Prince Bolkonsky, Simon Russell Beale as Napoleon and Roger Allam as Kutuzov. Music was specially composed by Stephen Warbeck and the Director is Celia De Wolff.
…John Hurt talks about the experience of working on the production in the film above.
The story moves between their past and present as Pierre, Natasha, Marya and Nikolai talk to their children about the events that shaped their lives and the lives of every Russian who lived through these troubled times.
War and Peace reflects the panorama of life at every level of Russian society in this period. The longest of 19th Century novels, War and Peace is an epic story in which historical, social, ethical and religious issues are explored on a scale never before attempted in fiction. From this, Timberlake Wertenbaker has created a riveting radio dramatisation in 10 episodes.
War and Peace was dramatised by Timberlake Wertenbaker from the translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky.
War and Peace was recorded entirely on location at Borde Hill House and Garden and other Sussex locations. The Sound effects for the battle scenes were recorded at the 2013 re-enactment of battle of Austerlitz in Tvarožná, Czech Republic.