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Home Fires on Masterpiece: Season 1 (2015)

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The historical ensemble drama about life in rural England just prior to and during World War II focuses primarily on the women left behind. With most able-bodied men joining the war effort, the distaff side of the equation attempt to do their part -- though, as Joyce Cameron (Francesca Annis), president of the social club-like Women's Institute discovers when she tries to shut it down, not everyone agrees with what that part should be. Forward-thinking Frances Barden (Samantha Bond), for instance, takes it upon herself to relaunch the group, which she believes still has a reason for being. Intra-group intrigue results, including the possibility that Joyce and treasurer Alison (Fenella Woolgar) have dipped into the organization's coffers for their own needs. The town is also upended when RAF personnel are billeted there, and a romance results between Kate (Rachel Hurd-Wood), the daughter of the town doctor (Ed Stoppard), and one of the airmen (Adam Long). Other storylines concern that town doctor, whose attempt to volunteer is met with a rejection on medical grounds, and another of the Women's Institute members, Pat (Claire Rushbrook), who is trapped in an abusive marriage.

Cast

Samantha Bond
as Frances Barden
Clare Calbraith
as Steph Farrow
Francesca Annis
as Joyce Cameron
Brian Fletcher
as Little Stan Farrow
Ruth Gemmell
as Sarah Collingborne
Daniel Ryan
as Bryn Brindsley
Daisy Badger
as Claire Hillman
Frances Grey
as Erica Campbell
Claire Price
as Miriam Brindsley
Rachel Hurd-Wood
as Kate Campbell
Leila Mimmack
as Laura Campbell
Fenella Woolgar
as Alison Scotlock
Mark Bazeley
as Bob Simms
Leanne Best
as Teresa Fenchurch
Mike Noble
as Spencer Wilson
Ed Stoppard
as Dr. Will Campbell
Mike Noble
as Spencer Wilson
Mark Bonnar
as Rev. Adam Collingborne
Mark Umbers
as Nick Lucas
Nicola Sloane
as Hazel Flintham
Chris Coghill
as Stanley Farrow
Jim Whelan
as Thumbs
Jodie Hamblet
as Jenny Marshall
Will Attenborough
as David Brindsley
Philip McGinley
as Richard Bowers
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Critic Reviews for Home Fires on Masterpiece: Season 1

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (4)

It's more uplifting and affirming than challenging or surprising, and it is handsomely made with convincing period detail and a fine cast delivering top notch performances.

April 22, 2016 | Full Review…

The series is largely character-driven, with the struggles and problems of the women of the home front and their relationships taking center stage. The male characters ... are, for once, seen only to the extent they affect their girlfriends and wives.

November 29, 2015 | Full Review…

Home Fires offers British drama that's as satisfying as a warm cup of tea.

October 1, 2015 | Full Review…

If you stick with it... the sheer weight of the plot machinery and the performances will probably pull you in, beginning about midway through the third episode.

October 2, 2015 | Full Review…

For all its grim underpinnings Home Fires is a buoyant work, one whose most terrible character is the war itself, the Nazi enemy that could invade at any time.

October 2, 2015 | Full Review…

Unlike the Brits who stood on the front lines and behind them during this period, Home Fires might not be Masterpiece's finest hour. But all things being equal, it's still pretty damn good.

October 1, 2015 | Full Review…
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