Renewed: World on Fire

UK wartime drama wins a second season.

UK period drama World on Fire has been renewed for a second season.

The series, which features Helen Hunt, Sean Bean, Arthur Darvill, Blake Harrison, Jonah Hauer-King, Zofia Wichłacz, Ewan Mitchell and Lesley Manville, tracks the progression of war from the early invasion of Poland by the Nazis through to the first months of fighting, and has been a hit with viewers.

It’s expected that future series will continue to show the hidden lives of people living in France, Germany, Poland and Britain.

Writer Peter Bowker told Radio Times, “I know what happens over six series for the main characters.

“If you pitch a show, people will often ask ‘What happens in series four, episode three? What happens to this character?’ You’ve got to know and not be English about it.”

Damien Timmer, Managing Director of Mammoth Screen added: “There’s more war and there are more years and it’s possible.”

No official airdate has been suggested, but the first series reportedly took two years to make.

World on Fire airs in Australia on BBC First.

6 Responses

  1. I’m also enjoying this show – it has definitely captured my attention – and I’m happy to learn that it will extend into another season. If it were to run 6 seasons with a year’s break between each season, the series will last longer than did WW2. Not that that’ll be new – the 11 seasons of MASH ran for almost 4 times longer than did the Korean War.

  2. Fascinating concept to have short run series and then have a hiatus. If production time is over a year until episode 8 then viewers may not easily start where they left off, the only solution would be to begin the next season in late 1941 when the regular characters lives have changed, it would move things along a bit introducing the Blitz and Pearl Harbor bring America into the war, this does skip a lot of significant events but should keep timelines more focused and not a soap opera which World on Fire occasionally threatened to become. Top marks for production though the RAF hanger scene was terrible.

      1. Indeed they are Eyespy, but I found the lack of attention to period detail disappointing, especially after the production effort put into the Dunkirk scenes, the producers were obviously economising with the hanger scenes which seemed only included for a convenient romantic interlude for pregnant Louis Bennett.

  3. Completely agree – it’s been one of my favourites series of the year and so glad it’s returning, but the thought of it lasting 6 series actually puts me off. It’s certainly got another series in it and maybe a third, but beyond that really would be too much.

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