“World on Fire” Review by Suzanne 4/20/20
This is a great wartime series, which I started watching on PBS. I love Helen Hunt, and she’s outstanding in this. I love Sean Bean and Arthur Darvill from their previous work, too. All of the actors do a great job. One of the young actors looks like a young John Cusack, only more handsome.
It’s got everything you’d want in a wartime drama, plus a little romance and fun. This is what they used to do as miniseries, back in the 70’s and 80’s, with “Winds of War” and things like that. This is more realistic than those were, though. The war still rages by the end of the season, though, so I can’t wait for season 2 to see what happens to the characters.
Make sure that you watch this with the closed-captioning on, especially if you’re American or older because it’s hard to understand, otherwise, with the thick accents.
ACADEMY AWARD®-WINNER HELEN HUNT AND SEAN BEAN STAR IN “WORLD ON FIRE” PLUS A FULL SLATE OF NEW SERIES AVAILABLE NOW
Arlington, VA – April 27, 2020 – PBS Distribution released eight new programs on DVD and Blu-ray last month. This slate of releases included an extraordinary performance from Helen Hunt and Sean Bean in “World on Fire,” new additions to the critically renowned Frontline series, as well as a Ken Burns presentation and two new Nature programs. Learn more about global landmarks, American wildlife, public housing, and the diabetes epidemic, among other topics. Information about each program listed below. Every purchase supports public television for all.
Masterpiece: World On Fire
Summer 1939. Harry, a translator at the British Embassy in Warsaw, is falling in love with Polish waitress Kasia. When German tanks roll into Poland, and Britain declares war on Germany, Harry and Kasia face terrible choices. With her life in grave danger, can Harry help her–and if he can, how will he ever explain himself to Lois Bennett, the girl he left behind in Manchester? As the Nazi threat spreads across Europe, Kasia must choose between love and fighting for her country, Harry must find his place in the world, and Lois must seize new opportunities the war presents.
The conflict overturns everything for Harry’s snobbish mother Robina; for Douglas, Lois’ pacifist father; and for her younger brother Tom, who joins the Navy and finds himself under fire in one of the first major battles of the war. In Berlin, outspoken American journalist Nancy risks her life trying to help her neighbors; while in Paris, Nancy’s nephew, medic Webster refuses to leave the city and the man he loves.
World on Fire traverses the first year of WWII, from ordinary life in England to the beaches of Dunkirk, diving deep into the hearts and minds of those living their lives during this extraordinary time as they grapple with the unthinkable: a world in flames.
Street Date: Available now
Run Time: 420 min.
Format: DVD/Blu-ray, Digital
Genre: Arts: British Drama
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