LOS ANGELES, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- The small-screen adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's 1869 novel War & Peace will be simulcast in the United States on Jan. 18 on Lifetime, A&E and History.
The four-week, television event stars Paul Dano, Lily James, James Norton, Jim Broadbent and Gillian Anderson. The collaboration from BBC Cymru Wales Drama, The Weinstein Co., BBC Worldwide/Lookout Point and Lifetime was penned by Andrew Davies and directed by Tom Harper.
"A thrilling tale of love, war, and family, War & Peace is widely considered the greatest novel ever written," a synopsis said.
"Set against the backdrop of Napoleon's invasion of Russia, War & Peace is the ultimate story of passion and romance, scandal and deceit, following the rise and fall of fortunes of five aristocratic families -- the Bezukhovs, Bolkonskys, Rostovs, Kuragins, and Drubetskoys -- all jockeying for top position in the waning days of imperial Russia."