Home Fires TV Series Overview (2015-2016)


Introduction

Home Fires is a British period television drama about the life of Women’s Institute members on the Home Front during the Second World War.

Set in a rural Cheshire community called Great Paxford, the series is produced by ITV, and launched its first series in May 2015. The first series is set between September 1939 and early 1940.

Not to be confused with Homes Fires (1980-1983), a Canadian TV Series.

Outline

A drama following a group of inspirational women in a rural Cheshire community during World War II.

The series was inspired by the book Jambusters by Julie Summers. With the first series having an average viewing ratings of 6.2 million ITV commissioned a second six-part series, aired in April 2016. The show focuses on a largely female cast, including notable actresses Francesca Annis, Samantha Bond, Claire Rushbrook, Fenella Woolgar and Leanne Best.

Series 02 of Home Fires premiered on 02 April 2016 and gained 5.2 million views with a 23.7% share. In May 2016 ITV announced it would not be renewing the show.

Cast

  • Francesca Annis as Joyce Cameron.
  • Daisy Badger as Claire Wilson (née Hillman).
  • Mark Bazeley as Bob Simms.
  • Leanne Best as Teresa Fenchurch.
  • Samantha Bond as Frances Barden.
  • Clare Calbraith as Steph Farrow.
  • Chris Coghill as Stanley Farrow.
  • Ruth Gemmell as Sarah Collingborne.
  • Frances Grey as Erica Campbell.
  • Rachel Hurd-Wood as Kate Campbell.
  • Leila Mimmack as Laura Campbell.
  • Mike Noble as Spencer Wilson.
  • Claire Price as Miriam Brindsley.
  • Claire Rushbrook as Pat Simms.
  • Daniel Ryan as Bryn Brindsley.
  • Ed Stoppard as Will Campbell.
  • Fenella Woolgar as Alison Scotlock.
  • Jodie Hamblet as Jenny Marshall.
  • Eileen Davies as Anne.
  • Anthony Calf as Peter Barden.
  • Mark Rowley as Stephen Banks.

Novelisation

After the series’ cancellation, the writer continued the story as a novelisation. Published initially in July 2017 as an ebook (in 4 parts) from Amazon, the complete novel in book-format (originally planned for release in October 2017) was published in May 2018.

Broadcast

Home Fires first aired on 03 May 2015 on ITV. Internationally, the series premiered in Australia on 10 October 2015 on BBC First. The series premiered in the United States on 04 October 2015 on PBS.

Home Fires Series

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s):
    • Robert Quinn … (6 episodes, 2015-2016).
    • Bruce Goodison … (3 episodes, 2015).
    • John Hayes … (3 episodes, 2016).
  • Producer(s):
    • Rebecca Eaton … executive producer: Masterpiece (12 episodes, 2015-2016).
    • Francis Hopkinson … executive producer (12 episodes, 2015-2016).
    • Catherine Oldfield … executive producer (12 episodes, 2015-2016).
    • Rachel Salter … line producer (6 episodes, 2015).
    • Simon Block … executive producer (6 episodes, 2016).
    • Alison Loose … line producer (6 episodes, 2016).
    • Louise Sutton … producer (6 episodes, 2016).
    • Sue de Beauvoir … producer (3 episodes, 2015).
    • Jeremy Gwilt … producer (3 episodes, 2015).
  • Writer(s):
    • Simon Block … (written by) (12 episodes, 2015-2016).
    • Julie Summers … (inspired by book “Jambusters”) (12 episodes, 2015-2016).
    • Mark Burt … (written by) (1 episode, 2015).
    • Tina Pepler … (written by) (1 episode, 2015).
    • Glen Laker … (written by) (1 episode, 2016).
  • Music:
    • Samuel Sim … (8 episodes, 2015-2016).
  • Cinematography:
    • Joel Devlin … (12 episodes, 2015-2016).
  • Editor(s):
    • Mark Thornton … (6 episodes, 2015-2016).
    • James Taylor … (3 episodes, 2016).
    • Peter Oliver … (2 episodes, 2015).
    • Laura Morrod … (1 episode, 2015).
  • Production:
    • ITV Studios.
  • Distributor(s):
    • ITV 1 (2015) (UK) (TV).
    • ITV Studios Global Entertainment (2015) (World-wide) (all media).
    • Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) (2015) (USA) (TV).
    • Yleisradio (YLE) (2016) (Finland) (TV).
  • Release Date:
    • Series 01: 03 May 2015 to 14 June 2016.
    • Series 02: 03 April 2016 to 08 May 2016.
  • Running Time: 44-46 minutes.
  • Rating: 12.
  • Country: UK.
  • Language: English.

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