Filming has begun on the return of the MASTERPIECE and hit BBC drama world on fire. Telling the story of World War II through the eyes of ordinary people whose lives have been thrown into chaos, the six new episodes are written by series creator Peter Bowker, Rachel Bennette and Matt Jones, and directed by Mammoth Screen for the BBC and MASTERPIECE.
October 1940. Lone pilots are dispatched to destroy German bombers prowling the skies over Manchester as the Northern Blitz begins. The real reality of war has come to Britain.
world on fire Season 2 will take viewers from the streets of Britain to occupied France, Nazi Germany and the sands of the North African desert, where British troops struggle alongside Indian sappers and Australian diggers to adapt to a very different type of combat.
Returning cast members include Lesley Manville as Robina, Jonah Hauer-King as Harry, Julia Brown as Lois, and Zofia Wichlacz as Kasia, with Blake Harrison as Stan, Eugénie Derouand as Henriette, Eryk Biedunkiewicz as Jan, and Cel Spellman as Joe.
Join the world on fire the cast of season 2 are Mark Bonnar (Guilt, line of duty) as Sir James Danemere, Ahad Raza Mir (Resident Evil, Hum Tum) like Rajib, and Gregg Sulkin (Runaways, pretty smart) like David. Other castings will be announced in due course.
Lesley Manville says, “It’s wonderful to bring Peter Bowker’s epic storylines to life. Rich characters telling great human stories against the backdrop of World War II. It’s a feast!
world on fire creator and writer Peter Bowker says, “The second season of world on fire has been a long wait due to a certain pandemic and that makes the start of filming particularly exciting. It has been a real joy to pick up the story with our inspiring cast, both our established regulars and exciting new talent who have embraced the scale and ambition of the series. How the conflict unfolded in North Africa is a fascinating and little explored story and we aim to restore that balance with stories of struggle and friendship. Our diverse cast will continue to reflect the global nature of the conflict. »
Helen Ziegler, Director of Television at Mammoth Screen, says, “Peter Bowker gives us extraordinary insight into the second year of World War II with his unique humanity, humor and pathos. It’s a drama that begs the question: how do you survive when everything around you has changed in unimaginable ways? We are absolutely thrilled to be back for this epic and adrenaline-pumping Season 2 of world on firewith our wonderful returning cast joined by a host of new characters!
Ben Irving, Acting Director of BBC Drama, said: “With a range of intriguing, never-before-seen stories that put ordinary people at the center of the story, and a top-notch cast of new and returning characters, this is a real pleasure to see the filming on world on fire Season 2, now underway.
Susanne Simpson, Executive Producer of MASTERPIECE, says:world on fire captivated our MASTERPIECE audience and we are thrilled to bring them another season of this ambitious WWII drama. With Peter Bowker’s captivating scripts, a talented returning cast, and intriguing new characters, Season 2 will definitely be worth the wait. MASTERPIECE is presented on PBS by GBH Boston.
Commissioned by the BBC, world on fire is produced by Mammoth Screen and co-produced with MASTERPIECE for the BBC, in association with ITV Studios. It is created and written by Peter Bowker, written by Rachel Bennette and Matt Jones, produced by Amanda Black and Angie Daniell and directed by Drew Casson, Barney Cokeliss and Meenu Gaur. Executive producers are Peter Bowker, Sheena Bucktowonsing, Damien Timmer and Helen Ziegler for Mammoth Screen, Lucy Richer for the BBC, and Susanne Simpson and Rebecca Eaton for MASTERPIECE. Mammoth Screen is an ITV Studios company.
Filming for Season 2 is currently underway in Northern Ireland. world on fire Season 1 aired on MASTERPIECE in Spring 2020.