Pemberley (Lyme Park, Cheshire)

Pemberley (Lyme Park, Cheshire)
Oh, to be in England...

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Home Fires on ITV and PBS

Home Fires on ITV and PBS

If you haven't yet been taken under the spell of the WWII drama Home Fires, then here is my whole hearted recommendation to check it out.

Opening in the late summer of 1939 as England prepared itself for the second time in a generation for war, the WI (Women's Institute) considers shutting down for the duration of the war. After all, what use is jam making and tea parties during wartime?

Actually, as the women of the WI in the rural Cheshire community of Great Paxford dig in and get to work (picking blackberries for fundraising jam here) the WI gives the ladies purpose and support and gives us a ton of enjoyment watching them. And the female battle between two local spitfires Joyce Cameron (Francesca Annis) and Frances Barden (Samantha Bond) starts the series off with some fireworks.

Although the stories of women at the home front may sound rather dull, Home Fires is anything but! Young love with dashing fighter pilots, a handsome doctor whose wife thinks she can practice medicine too and a conscientious objector who gets ostracized for his beliefs are among the many absorbing story lines.

Just don't get too attached to the male characters because during war you never know who is coming home and who isn't. And it is that dark cloud over Great Paxford which keeps you on the edge of your seat.

You will see lots of familiar faces such as Francesca Annis (Cranford), Samantha Bond (Downton Abbey) and Ruth Gemmell (Fever Pitch) in this series as well as some very talented new ones. I am thrilled that ITV have picked it up for another season so we get catapulted into the Battle of Britain next year.

Running currently on Sunday nights at 8pm on PBS, you can catch up on episodes on the PBS website here.

Off I go to watch it all again!!!



  1. I watched the first episode of Home Fires, finally, last night, and love it. The acting is really good, and the variety of stories promising.

  2. We went to the Imperial War Museum when we visited London in May 2015 and saw the Make Do and Mend exhibit which ties in with the WI. It was great. I had watched Home Fires and found women's contribution to the war effort so interesting. I sent for an authentic from England hard back of Jambusters with the original cover not with the TV cover and have just starting it. The memories of Home Fires is enriching my reading and I see the care with which the series was made. I'm not sure if the book was altered after the series or for the US so that's why I wanted an original British edition. I don't like it when they Americanize the editions. Thanks for the post!




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