World on Fire: Series 1 (2019)


Series 1
World on Fire

Critics Consensus

Though at times more style than substance, World on Fire's layered storytelling never steps on itself, leaving room for its excellent ensemble and gorgeous set-pieces to fill in any narrative gaps.

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Critic Ratings: 29

52%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 33

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Episodes

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Air date: Sep 29, 2019
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Air date: Oct 6, 2019
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Cast

Jonah Hauer-King
as Harry Chase
Julia Brown
as Lois Bennett
Zofia Wichlacz
as Kasia Tomaszeski
Yrsa Daley-Ward
as Connie
Parker Sawyers
as Albert
Brian J. Smith
as Webster
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Critic Reviews for World on Fire Series 1

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (14)

If what you want is to be engaged -- to be sucked into a story completely, enveloped by another time and place -- then [World on Fire] might be just the ticket.

Apr 8, 2020 | Full Review…

"World on Fire" offers a more intimate exploration of wartime life than is typically portrayed in World War II dramas.

Apr 6, 2020 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Top Critic

The world is spinning out of control in "World on Fire," and, at moments, so are the many story lines.

Apr 2, 2020 | Full Review…

If not a light escape, it makes for a beautifully made, extremely soapy "Masterpiece" series.

Apr 6, 2020 | Full Review…
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If "World on Fire" is rarely surprising, it's not full of bad surprises, either, and there is something comforting in the deft way it satisfies dramatic expectations: Expect the expected.

Apr 6, 2020 | Full Review…

World on Fire is desperate to connect the then and the now, portraying every woman as a strident protofeminist and endowing every character with the wisdom of a 21st century therapist who has specialized training in trauma and oppression.

Apr 6, 2020 | Full Review…

World on Fire is, at times, unbelievably cheesy - but the characters' broad strokes make for high-drama entry points into the true horrors of the historical narrative.

May 6, 2020 | Full Review…

A shame, really, because the build-up to World War II and the war itself are usually fertile grounds for excellent drama. This one doesn't hold up, sorry to say.

Apr 30, 2020 | Full Review…

Sean Bean has made a career out of playing noble leaders like Boromir in Lord of the Rings. But he's wonderful here as a working-class pacifist whose mind World War I shattered.

Apr 8, 2020 | Full Review…

Certainly a character-driven drama, but those characters, and the fine performances that shape them, are more than enough to work through the disjointed first episode and see where their lives go as World War II grows in scope and danger.

Apr 7, 2020 | Full Review…

It's kind of cool to have this sort of story back on TV, an old-school format that follows disparate characters in desperate times.

Apr 6, 2020 | Full Review…

The ambitious seven-part Masterpiece series World on Fire covers a lot of ground in its first season, but it still can't help feeling like every World War II drama you've ever seen.

Apr 3, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for World on Fire: Series 1

  • May 21, 2020
    Given the topic (life as it entered WWII) there was so much potential but they ended up with half-baked story lines. Really? A Polish young man could walk from Warsaw through German lines, across Germany, through German lines, through British lines to then walk onto the beach of Dunkirk. This and other stray story lines made up this high budget romp.
  • May 19, 2020
    I hate Nazis! How did the world let them get so far?
  • May 14, 2020
    Great action filled soap opera set to ww2
  • May 11, 2020
    It seems like it's purpose is to impose present day sensibilities on the real world of the 1940's, rather than tell an interesting story about World War II from a different perspective.
  • May 04, 2020
    Moves much too slowly. Many, though not all, of the main characters (Harry Chase, Tom Bennett, Lois Bennett, Douglas Bennett, Stan Raddings), sound inaudible as if they are mumbling, and I have never experienced this in decades of watching British television, having heard every class accent...Not enough movement in the story line either.
  • May 04, 2020
    Love watching it every Sunday!
  • Apr 29, 2020
    I could not continue watching after the 2nd episode. Just terrible.
  • Apr 20, 2020
    I realize this sounds trite, but I cannot get passed Helen Hunts "mask" face. Otherwise, it is an horrific story of war, but just doesn't seem to draw me in.
  • Apr 14, 2020
    I don't like any of these characters except Kasia.They are all short on insight, and this makes it hard to identify with any of them. In addition, the homosexual relationship has yet make a coherent reason for its being part of the plot.
  • Apr 13, 2020
    Great acting. Story line is very engaging.

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