WAR & PEACE SBS ON DE­MAND, minis­eries

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Epic in its retelling, the mini-se­ries adap­ta­tion of Leo Tol­stoy’s epic saga crams a lot into its six parts. In the Rus­sian Em­pire, circa 1805, Pierre ( Paul Dano) is the il­le­git­i­mate son of Rus­sia’s rich­est man and wants to change the world – for the bet­ter. Mean­while, Natasha ( Lily James) is search­ing for true love, and the hand­some and gal­lant An­drei ( James Nor­ton) seeks a higher pur­pose to ease his frus­tra­tions over the su­per cial­ity of so­ci­ety. In the de­but episode, war clouds loom over Rus­sia as Napoleon’s French army in­vades Austria, while univer­sity grad­u­ate Pierre in­her­its his fa­ther’s wealth and count­less es­tates. Napoleon’s ad­vances also act as a call to arms to Pierre’s close friend An­drei, who seeks glory and ad­vance­ment in the Tsar’s army to de­feat the French­man. Amid the tur­moil, Natasha, a mi­nor noble’s daugh­ter, searches for her ex­act place in so­ci­ety.

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