BUT THEN came the Ball Scene with Natasha and Andrei. Suddenly things didn't just look up, they took off. And I have to also say that the scene at Otradnoe between Sonia and Natasha with Andrei listening while the girls looked up at the moon was absolutely magical. Full marks.
NOW the production has finally got going. Strong performances from Lily James and James Norton and also, eventually, Paul Dano, who by the end of the episode was no longer just sleepwalking through his part. Having to yell and throw things at Helene's character obviously "woke him up", although she is, I'm afraid, irretrievable (the character, not the actress - Tuppence is doing a great job in portraying a very difficult and unsympathetic role).
I hope the good momentum keeps up! Roll on Episode 4! (many thanks once again to the BBC for the great picture of the Waltz Scene!)