Occasionally the BBC does a good deed. Their latest was to recommend that I re-read War and Peace. They could have simply made a brief public service announcement, but no, they laid on a lavish six-part costume-drama production, and a cast of top-notch stars turned up to help them out. Yes, that is Paul Dano as Pierre, and, could it be? -- yes it is! -- Adrian Edmonson as old Rostov. How nice of them to go to all that trouble for me.