Home Fires

2015 • PBS
131 reviews
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Season 1 episodes (7)

1 Episode 1
With World War II imminent, the local Women’s Institute dissolves after Joyce resigns as president. Frances tries to revive the group with a jam-making project.
2 Episode 2
The Women’s Institute is back, and the RAF arrives in town. Pat endures abuse. Alison’s dog has a close call. The local doctor faces up to his fate.
3 Episode 3
Alison takes desperate steps to pay a bill. Claire asks Spencer out. Pat makes a speech but pays the consequences. The farmer and vicar do their duty.
4 Episode 4
Frances plans an air raid shelter. Alison breaks the law; so does Miriam. Steph hides a secret that threatens the farm. Kate gets shattering news.
5 Episode 5
Erica’s friendship with Pat is tested, and a new evacuee in the village isn’t quite what Frances bargained for.
6 Episode 6
As war draws closer to home, the women have their own battles to fight: Frances tries to help Pat before it’s too late.
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Get a first look at this riveting new drama that chronicles the lives of the members of Great Paxford’s Women’s Institute during their time serving in the Second World War.

About this show

Home Fires follows a group of inspirational women in a rural English community where the shadow of World War II is casting a dark cloud over their lives. The isolated village couldn’t feel further away from the impending bloodshed and battlefields and yet it is not immune from the effects of war. As the conflict takes hold, and separates the women from their husbands, fathers, sons and brothers, the women find themselves under increasing and extraordinary pressures in a rapidly fragmenting world. Inspired by the book Jambusters, Julie Summers’ enthralling history of the Women’s Institute in WWII, the six-part series stars acclaimed actresses Samantha Bond (Downton Abbey) and Francesca Annis (Reckless) as bitter rivals, as well as Clare Calbraith (Downton Abbey), Ruth Gemmell (Fever Pitch), Claire Rushbrook (Whitechapel), and Ed Stoppard (Upstairs, Downstairs).

Ratings and reviews

131 reviews
Robin Wilbanks
August 20, 2016
This series has beautiful cinematography. The actors are superb. The stories are absorbing. These are women working for the war effort and overcoming obstacles of their time, while holding down the home front while their men at off to serve Britain in World War II. I enjoyed every minute of this amazing series.
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Victoria Madrid
July 12, 2016
It takes you back in time but also shows how some problems in our lives and traditional roles have not changed. Regardless of the country in times of war responding as women in our differences we are all the same.
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Jill Puckett
July 9, 2016
This was a great series, to my surprise, even my husband watched every episode till the last one. I think men, just as well as women would enjoy watching this series. Took place in London, during WWII, where the women worked the fields as well as the German prisoners. I DO NOT LIKE MINISERIES, but this one had me hooked, right from the start!!
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