ITV has announced the commission of Home Fires, a new World War II drama inspired by Julie Summers’ book, Jambusters.
The six-part series is created and written by Simon Block (Lewis).
The official synopsis reads: “With the shadow of World War II casting a dark cloud, [Home Fires] follows a group of inspirational women in a rural Cheshire community. 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 husbands, fathers, sons and brothers, the characters find themselves under increasing and extraordinary pressures in a rapidly fragmenting world. By banding together, the women will help maintain the nation’s fabric in its darkest hour, and they will discover inner resources that will forever change their lives.”
ITV’s Director of Drama Steve November commented: “We’re really delighted to have commissioned [Home Fires]. Great writing from Simon has given Julie Summers’ wonderful book a fictional life. The women are real and engaging and have fantastic spirit and attitude. With World War II on the horizon, multiple strands of plot interweave to create a period drama full of jeopardy and intrigue, but also great humanity and modernity.”
Executive producer Francis Hopkinson added: “Thanks to Simon Block’s brilliant script, inspired by Julie Summers’s book, this series will take a fresh look at life on the Home Front, showing both the tragedies and the triumphs, and offering some wonderful roles for Britain’s top actresses. We are delighted that ITV share our enthusiasm for the project.”
Home Fires begins filming in Cheshire in September and will air on ITV in 2015.
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