'World on Fire': Release date, plot, cast, trailer and all you need to know about the World War II drama

'World on Fire': Release date, plot, cast, trailer and all you need to know about the World War II drama
Zofia Wichlacz and Jonah Hauer-King in World on Fire (IMDb)

PBS's 'World on Fire' takes us through the emotional struggle of five people in five countries as they deal with the effects of World War II in their everyday lives. The seven-part series that first aired in the UK in the fall of 2019, will come to PBS MASTERPIECE this April.

Release date

'World on Fire' will premiere on Sunday, April 5, 2020. The series has already been renewed for Season 2.



The series is set in Britain, Poland, France, Germany and the United States and the events that take place in the seven-part series will be during the first year of the war. The plots of each of the seven episodes can be found here. Each episode clocks an hour and will air weekly.

The lives of ordinary people are showcased as they endure the greatest war in history — on the frontlines and at home. PBS's synopsis reads, "'World on Fire' traces the interweaved fates of several families in 1939 and 1940, from the Nazi invasion of Poland to the near debacle at Dunkirk, to the fall of Paris and beyond."



Jonah Hauer-King in 'World on Fire' (IMDb)

The cast of 'World on Fire' includes Jonah Hauer-King ('Howards End', 'Little Women', 'The Little Mermaid'), Academy Award-winner Helen Hunt ('Mad About You', 'Twister'), Sean Bean ('Game of Thrones', 'The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring'), Academy Award nominee Lesley Manville ('Phantom Thread', 'Harlots'), Brian J. Smith ('Sense8'), Blake Harrison ('The Inbetweeners', 'A Very English Scandal'), Zofia Wichlacz ('The Romanoffs'), and Julia Brown ('Shetland').


Sean Bean in 'World on Fire' (IMDb)


The series is written by Peter Bowker, developed by Mammoth’s Creative Director Rebecca Keane, and executive produced by Bowker, Damien Timmer and Helen Ziegler for Mammoth Screen, Lucy Richer for the BBC, and Rebecca Eaton for Masterpiece. 




Where to watch

'Catch World on Fire' will premiere on Sunday, April 5, 2020, on MASTERPIECE on PBS. The series can we watched on-air, online, or with the PBS Video app, which is available for free download.


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