Airdate: World on Fire

Period UK drama with Helen Hunt, Sean Bean and Lesley Manville comes to SBS.

Big budget drama World on Fire will screen on SBS in January.

Written by Peter Bowker it depicts the horror of the outbreak of the war during its first year. It traces the intertwining fates of relatable, vividly drawn characters from Britain, Poland, France, Germany and the United States as they grapple with the effect of the war on their everyday lives.

The 7 part series stars Helen Hunt, Sean Bean and Lesley Manville. This screened on Pay TV in October 2019.

Set in 1939, World on Fire is a gripping drama series that takes viewers across the first year of World War II, The story follows Harry (Jonah Hauer-King) a translator working in the British Embassy in Warsaw, as he falls in love with Polish waitress Kasia (Zofia Wichlacz). As the Nazi threat spreads across Europe, Kasia must choose between love and fighting for her country, Harry must find his place in the world, and Lois seizes new opportunities the war throws up.

Thursday, 7 January at 8.30pm on SBS.

6 Responses

  1. For me season 1 looked like an updated version of the 1970 British WWII series A Family at War.
    Those who enjoyed A World on Fire are still waiting for season 2, due for release later this year.
    A World on Fire must have at least four seasons to cover the six years of WWII, the series should also feature some coverage of the conflict with Japan to be complete, but I suspect that is unlikely.
    I believe British Commonwealth involvement in the Pacific war also deserves an updated TV series of its own.

      1. There was a similar British series a few years back set on the homefront that was obviously intended for multi seasons but cancelled after only 1 season-something that’s big budget needs to be a big hit to justify the expense of a ‘period’ recreation, even allowing for much CGI to do it.

    1. Why would it be on Britbox? It’s designed to monetise the archives of ITV and the BBC and compete with Acorn. While there are hundreds of shows on Britbox, most of them are decades old. They have got exclusive first run rights to the new All Creatures Great And Small here though, after the BBC and ITV having missed out and it ending up on Channel 5 in the UK).

      BBC Worldwide bought the first run rights here for BBC First, now SBS has bought some second run FTA rights. There’s plenty of time for it end up on Britbox, after it has been sold elsewhere.

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