Period drama World On Fire tackles a massive subject, World War II, but A Family At War style, seen through the eyes of ordinary people from various sides of the conflict.
Season one, which will be seven hour long episodes, will focus on the first year of the war from when Germany invades Poland in September 1939 through to the Battle of Britain.
Series creator Peter Bowker says: “World On Fire tells the hidden human stories within the big historical events we think we know. From Harry, a young English translator in Warsaw caught up in negotiations with the Nazis and trying to smuggle his Polish lover Kasia out of the country, to Lois, the girl who is waiting for him at home, a young Mancunian factory worker who will come to take all the opportunities the war can offer to live a different kind of life. To Nancy, a female US war correspondent who can’t find peace unless her life is at risk, to the Rossler family in Berlin, worried for their soldier son and willing to do anything to protect their disabled daughter from the attentions of the ruling Nazi regime.”
Filming will begin next year in locations in the UK and across Europe.
Writer: Peter Bowker
Creators: Peter Bowker, Rebecca Keane
Executive Producers: Peter Bowker, Damien Timmer, Marcus Wilson, Helen Ziegler, Lucy Richer
Network and Production Companies: BBC One – Mammoth Screen
Duration: 7×60 minute episodes
Aired From: In production