Production Company: ITV Studios
Directed by Robert Quinn, John Hayes
Produced by Louise Sutton
Starring Samantha Bond, Francesca Annis, Ruth Gemmell, Mike Noble, Daniel Ryan
Six further episodes of ITV Studios World War II drama, Home Fires were commissioned for Season 2 of this popular series.
Following on from the success of series one, acclaimed British actresses Samantha Bond (Downton Abbey, Outnumbered) and Francesca Annis (The Little House, Cranford) reunited with an impressive ensemble cast including Ruth Gemmell (Penny Dreadful), Claire Rushbrook (Whitechapel), Ed Stoppard (Cilla), Chris Coghill (EastEnders), Clare Calbraith (Vera), Fenella Woolgar (Spies of Warsaw), Mike Noble (Mr Selfridge), and Daniel Ryan (Mount Pleasant).
The series takes place during the summer of 1940 with the village of Great Paxford being caught up in the nightmare of the Battle of Britain. It is two weeks after the defeat at Dunkirk, the German army is advancing through France and Britain is bracing itself for invasion.
Throughout the series the residents at the heart of this rural Cheshire community face their own personal challenges and conflicts as reputations are tarnished, loved ones lost, and shocking secrets are discovered. However it’s the war years and the women, under the auspices of the Great Paxford Women’s Institute, unite and discover inner resources that will change their lives forever whilst helping maintain the nation’s fabric in its darkest hour.
New characters and friendships also emerged as exhausted and battle-hardened Czech soldiers arrive to set up camp just outside the village.