Airdate: Home Fires

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UK period drama Home Fires begins next week on ABC.

This is the first season of the drama about the life of Women’s Institute members on the Home Front during the Second World War.

It is created by Simon Block, inspired by the book Jambusters by Julie Summers.

This premiered in the UK in May 2015 and ran for two seasons.

It’s August 1939, and Britain is on the brink of war, and the inhabitants of Great Paxford are preparing to fight Germany yet again.

Butcher’s son David Brindsley (Will Attenborough) gets the all clear from Dr Will Campbell (Ed Stoppard), and announces his intention to enlist as soon as he’s 17. His mother Miriam (Claire Price) is devastated, and tries to persuade Will to declare David medically unfit. But Will himself plans to rejoin the army, and his wife Erica (Frances Grey) is less that thrilled, as he served in WW1, and they now have two daughters, Kate (19) and Laura (18). Luckily for her Will fails the medical because of an irregularity in his breathing.

President of the WI, Joyce Cameron’s (Francesca Annis) deciding vote closes its doors, and Frances Barden (Samantha Bond) is furious and is determined to resurrect it – the blackberries on the hedgerows around the village can provide jam production – a way of raising money for the war effort and recruiting new members. Whilst picking, postman Spencer Wilson (Mike Noble) brings Claire Hillman’s (Daisy Badger) bike, which he has fixed, back to her and there is an obvious attraction.

8:20pm Saturday October 15 on ABC.

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