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2016.02.11 09:10

Lithuanian rescue dog steals show in final War and Peace episode

DELFI.lt2016.02.11 09:10

A two year-old Lithuanian rescue dog became the star of the show in the last episode of the BBC’s epic War and Peace, much of which was filmed in Lithuania.

A two year-old Lithuanian rescue dog became the star of the show in the last episode of the BBC’s epic War and Peace, much of which was filmed in Lithuania.

The mongrel, called Samba, was seen coming to the aid of its owner Platon, a soldier left injured in the Russian snow, in highly poignant scenes.

“It has featured incest, a gory amputation and even male nudity but War and Peace reached an emotional conclusion – thanks to a dog,” wrote the British Daily Express.

The writer who adapted Tolstoy’s novel admitted that he had given the Lithuanian dog a bigger role than perhaps the Russian writer had intended.

Andrew Davies, who adapted the novel, named Samba’s part Sashenka, after a ballad sung by Russian troops, as Tolstoy had left the dog nameless.

“I think perhaps I made a little bit more of the dog than there is in the book because I am a great dog-lover myself,” he told the newspaper.

He accepted that some viewers may have cared more for the dog’s fate than that of the human characters, adding: “I have no problem with that. I just want viewers to be swept up in the emotion of it all.”

Chris Brown, the series’ animal welfare consultant, told the Daily Express that rescue dogs often bond quickly with strangers, making it easy for Samba to work with her co-stars.

Although viewers had been warned to be ready for some upset in the series finale, there was a happy ending for Samba, who has been adopted.