It explores the effects of WWII on the daily lives of people in five countries.

By Southern Living
World on Fire
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A new seven-part series set during WWII will premiere on PBS this spring. It’s World on Fire, a drama from the BBC and Masterpiece on PBS, which PBS describes as “an adrenalized, emotionally gripping and resonant World War II drama that follows the intertwining fates of ordinary people in five countries as they grapple with the effects of the war on their everyday lives.”

According to PBS, World on Fire is a period drama set in Britain, Poland, France, Germany and the United States, and “the events of the seven-hour series take place during the first year of the war.” Masterpiece Executive Producer Rebecca Eaton says, “At the very heart of any war are the families affected by it. World on Fire follows the fates of five characters–from England, France, Germany, Poland, and America–as their stories weave in and out of each other’s. Love, death, heroism, and forgiveness bind them together as the world changes around them.” See a trailer for the upcoming series below.

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The cast includes Helen Hunt (As Good As it Gets, Mad About You), Sean Bean (Game of Thrones, The Lord of the Rings), Lesley Manville (Phantom Thread, Mr. Turner), Jonah Hauer-King (Little Women, Howards End), Julia Brown (Shetland, The Last Kingdom), Zofia Wichlacz (DNA, 1983), Yrsa Daley-Ward (A Moving Image), and Blake Harrison (A Very English Scandal).

The multi-part series will premiere this spring. The first episode of World on Fire is set to air on Masterpiece on PBS on Sunday, April 5, 2020, at 9/8c. (Check local listings to confirm.) You can keep up to date with the scheduling and find more information about the upcoming series at

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Will you tune into World on Fire this spring? What other PBS shows have you been watching lately?