An epic new British war drama series will air on DStv from 24 September. World on Fire is a series of interwoven stories from World War II that stretch across Europe (think Love Actually, Pulp Fiction or Short Cuts in a series form). All set during the first year of the war, the stories range from the impact of the war on ordinary life in Manchester, England, to the beaches of Dunkirk in France.
About World on Fire
At the centre of the series is a love triangle between Harry Chase (Jonah Hauer-King), a British translator in love with a working-class girl, Lois (Julia Brown). When Harry is dispatched to Poland, he begins a relationship with Kasia (Zofia Wichlacz), a waitress whose family is torn apart by the German assault. This is one of the many sensitively told stories in the tapestry woven into World on Fire.
The seven-part PBS series was written by Peter Bowker, and the cast includes Helen Hunt, Yrsa Daley-Ward and Sean Bean, among a host of others. Released last year to coincide with the 80th anniversary of when the war was declared, World on Fire has recently been renewed for a second season.
An ‘intimate exploration’
It is said that World on Fire offers a more intimate exploration of wartime life than is typically portrayed in World War II dramas.
Others mean it is quite “cheesy”…but in a good way.
“World on Fire is, at times, unbelievably cheesy – but the characters’ broad strokes make for high-drama entry points into the true horrors of the historical narrative,” on review reads on Rotten Tomatoes. “It’s kind of cool to have this sort of story back on TV, an old-school format that follows disparate characters in desperate times.”
World on Fire starts on Thursday, 24 September at 22:30. The show will be available on DStv Premium’s flagship channel, M-Net (DStv Channel 101), or on M-Net City (DStv Channel 115), which is also available to DStv Compact Plus and Compact viewers.
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