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Period Drama 'Home Fires' Will Live on in Novel Form

Some of the ladies of "Home Fires"  (Photo: Courtesy of © ITV Studios for MASTERPIECE)

The second season of period drama Home Fires is currently airing on PBS’ Masterpiece. Unfortunately, the series’ second season is also its last, as it was canceled back in 2016 by UK network ITV just after Season 2 aired. As a result of this surprise move, the drama ends on something of a cliffhanger, apparently, and fans in the UK (and likely soon to be the US) were devastated.

But now the story of Home Fires will finally be continued - in a series of novels that will pick up where the show left off. 

'Home Fires'' Final Season Comes to Masterpiece This April

The women of "Home Fires" Season 2 (Photo: Courtesy of ITV Studios and MASTERPIECE)

The second season of female-led drama Home Fires will finally screen in America this spring! Season 2 will air on PBS’ Masterpiece beginning Sunday, April 2 at 9pm. It’ll be paired with the new season of period drama Call the Midwife.

The series stars Samantha Bond and Francesa Annis as the leaders of a group of Women’s Institute members in a rural Cheshire community during World War II. Season 2 is set during the summer of 1940 and the village of Great Paxton is caught up in the Battle of Britain. Two weeks after the defeat at Dunkirk, with the German army advancing though France, Britain braces itself for invasion. The women must all rely on each other and their friendships forged in their community to survive what is to come.

Period Drama ‘Home Fires’ Canceled by British Network ITV; Fans Rally to Try and Save Show

The ladies of "Home Fires". (Photo: ITV for Masterpiece)

Sad news for fans of the female-led period drama Home Fires – the show was recently canceled by British network ITV after just two seasons.

The series starred Samantha Bond and Francesca Annis as the leaders of a group of Women’s Institute members in a rural Cheshire community during World War II. The second season is set during the summer of 1940, and the village of Great Paxton is caught up in the Battle of Britain. Two weeks after the defeat at Dunkirk, with the German army advancing though France, Britain braces itself for invasion.

American fans will still be able to watch Home Fires’ six-episode second season when it screens on PBS stations later this year. But, since Season 2 reportedly ends on a fairly major cliffhanger, perhaps it’s best if we all start preparing ourselves to live with the fact that the show is not going to get what we’d probably call a satisfying ending. In the wake of the series' cancellation, however, a group of fans has rallied in an attempt to save the show. 

World War II Drama ‘Home Fires’ to Get a Second Season

As you might have seen earlier this year, ITV has recommisisioned World War II drama Home Fires for a second season. (The show originally aired in the UK in the Spring of 2015, so you might be forgiven for missing that announcement back then.)

Home Fires follows the story of a group of inspirational women in a rural Cheshire community. Led by the forthright and fiery Frances Barden (Downton Abbey’s Samantha Bond) and the authoritative Joyce Cameron (Francesa Annis), the ladies under the auspices of the Great Paxford Women’s Institute discover inner resources that chance their lives forever.

Through their own strength and resourcefulness, the eclectic band of local women – Frances’s sister Sarah, (Ruth Gemmill), downtrodden neighbour Pat Simms (Claire Rushbrook), pharmacist Erica (Frances Grey), local farmer Steph (Clare Calbraith) bookkeeper Alison (Fenella Woolgar), school teacher Teresa (Leanne Best) and butcher’s wife Miriam (Claire Price) – discover ways of improving the lives of their fellow villagers and offer a support network at a time of impending danger and crisis.

World War II Drama ‘Home Fires’ to Air on PBS This Fall

Good news for those who like period drama - PBS has announced that World War II-set series Home Fires will be part of the Fall Masterpiece lineup this year!

Acclaimed British actresses Francesca Annis (Cranford, Jane Eyre, Wives and Daughers) and Samantha Bond (Downton Abbey, the Pierce Brosnan era of Bond films) lead an impressive ensemble cast that includes Ruth Gemmell, Mark Bonnar, Claire Rushbrook, Mark Bazeley, Frances Grey and Ed Stoppard.

The six-part series follows a group of inspirational women in a rural Cheshire community with the shadow of World War II 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 characters find themselves under increasing and extraordinary pressures in a rapidly fragmenting world.