Home Fires is a British period drama television miniseries following a group of inspirational women in a rural Cheshire community with the shadow of World War II casting a dark cloud over their lives.
Francesca Annis and Samantha Bond lead an ensemble cast which also includes Ruth Gemmell (Utopia), Mark Bonnar (Line of Duty), Claire Rushbrook (Collision), Mark Bazeley (The Suspicions of Mr Whicher), Frances Grey (The Widower) and Ed Stoppard (Cilla).
The isolated village couldn't feel further away from the impending bloodshed and battlefields and yet it is not immune from the effects of war. As the conflict takes hold, and separates the women from their husbands, fathers, sons and brothers, the characters find themselves under increasing and extraordinary pressures in a rapidly fragmenting world.
By banding together as the Great Paxford Women's Institute, they help maintain the nation's fabric in its darkest hour, and discover inner resources that will change their lives forever.
Created and written by Simon Block (The Eichmann Show, The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall, A.D.) with episodes co -written by Mark Burt (Coronation Street, The Dumping Ground), and Tina Pepler (Downton Abbey, Princes in the Tower), Home Fires is produced by the ITV Studios department overseen by Francis Hopkinson (Wallander, Lucan, Chasing Shadows).
The drama was developed by Catherine Oldfield (Collision, Fingersmith, Foyle's War) who executive produces alongside Francis. Sue de Beauvoir (Shetland, Strike Back) has produced episodes 1-3 and Jeremy Gwilt (Foyle's War, Undeniable) episodes 4-6.
Home Fires is inspired by the non-fiction book Jambusters written by Julie Summers, who is delighted she has secured an Alfred Hitchcock style role in the drama.
The drama also features Rachel Hurd-Wood (Return of Sherlock Holmes), Leila Mimmack (Law & Order: UK), Claire Price (Doctors), Daniel Ryan (Mount Pleasant), Will Attenborough (Utopia), Clare Calbraith (Vera), Chris Coghill (The Driver), Brian Fletcher (The Passing Bells), Fenella Woolgar (Case Histories), Leanne Best (Lucan), Mike Noble (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time), Jacqueline Pilton (The Royal), Mark Umbers (Eternal Law), Jodie Hamblet (My Mad Fat Diary 2), Adam Long (Happy Valley), Paul Barnhill (Foyle's War), Anthony Calf (Upstairs Downstairs), Nicola Sloane (Dancing on the Edge), Jim Whelan and Daisy Badger.
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