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World on fire. Season one

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UK edition.


English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.


Julia Brown, Yrsa Daley-Ward, Arthur Darvill, Blake Harrison, Jonah Hauer-King, Patrick Kennedy, Tomasz Kot, Agata Kulesza, Victoria Mayer, Ewan Mitchell, Max Riemelt, Parker Sawyers, Brian J. Smith, Zofia Wichłacz, Mateusz Wichławek, Johannes Zeiler, Sean Bean, Lesley Manville, Helen Hunt.

Publication Information

[Boston, MA] : WGBH Educational Foundation, [2020]

Physical Description

3 videodiscs (approximately 420 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.


Not rated.


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 fire 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.


Originally broadcast as individual episodes in the UK on BBC One in 2019 and in the US on PBS as part of the television series Masterpiece in 2020.

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