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Home Fires, Season One (2015)


 
 
As any period drama lover knows, a little entity called Masterpiece Theatre (ITV/PBS) airs most of the dramas when they cross the pond to the USA. Currently, they're airing a little WWII series called Home Fires. I saw it back when it released to region 2 DVD and then reviewed it over on my favorite, Silver Petticoat. Much to my surprise, I wound up really liking this little series - a lot. It started about with a so-so reaction, but each episode grew and became better. It's the kind of series that isn't afraid of being "tragic," yet still finds ways to be uplifting. The ending is dim with its grim image, but since it aired it has indeed had another series episode order which means we get more time with this little village.

Review snippet with direct link is down below.


Home Fires TV Review – The WWII Battles of Women on the Home Front

On a whim, I bought a copy of this recent ITV series and in spite of the sluggish establishment of facts, I’m glad I did. Based on a novel by the name of Jambusters, the story follows the five principal women who make up the local Women’s Institute bordering in the shadows of a second world war in a small rural Cheshire village. Frances Barden (Samantha Bond) is making it her mission to oppose current president Joyce Cameron (Francesca Annis). Mrs. Cameron believes closing the Institute during war benefits everyone. Unexpectedly, Frances manages to sway the vote (by one) in favor of her. This doesn’t come without consequences. Joyce walks out the door of the institute and steps down as president with her loyal board members leaving with her. This lessens the group’s numbers and forces Frances, along with her sister, Sarah (Ruth Gemmall) to rebuild their numbers. Continue Reading →

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  1. Ooh, I hadn't heard of this one --WWII is a historical era I've always liked, but haven't really delved into fiction/film-wise. I think this summer, I want to just go through a ton of BBC period dramas. =) Great review as always!

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    1. That sounds like an amazing plan - going through BBC period dramas. I've been revisiting old "classic" period dramas (i.e., Austen adaptations, etc.) in pursuit of helping Silver Petticoat sure up their archives and it's been such fun. Thank YOU for reading, as always. :)

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  2. Oh, oh! I saw this book...now I must read it AND watch it. Sounds like it would be right up my alley. :D

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