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Adapt­ing Leo Tol­stoy’s epic novel into just six episodes might seem daunt­ing, but for screen­writer An­drew Davies it was “dead easy”.

The BBC se­ries, star­ring James Nor­ton, fol­lows five fam­i­lies dur­ing Napoleon’s 1812 in­va­sion of Rus­sia.

Davies ad­mit­ted he sexed up the 2016 BBC se­ries, spic­ing the love sto­ries with as­pects he claims Tol­stoy “for­got to write”. This meant an added incest sto­ry­line which shows sib­lings Ana­tole Kura­gin and He­lene in a se­duc­tive scene.

In the book Natasha Ros­tova is lonely and fraught with jeal­ousy over her hus­band’s ab­sences. The se­ries ends with them en­joy­ing a pic­nic with their chil­dren.

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