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: 12

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Air date: Sep 29, 2019
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Air date: Oct 6, 2019
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Critic Reviews for World on Fire Series 1

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (5)

It is a beautifully turned ensemble piece, with everyone getting their time in the spotlight as we move between locations without anybody's characters or storylines feeling underbake.

Nov 18, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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It's unwise to judge on one episode, but World On Fire wears its ambition confidently. It looks expensive and beautiful, with its overcoats and hats and steam trains.

Nov 18, 2019 | Full Review…

In a week where streaming services will make the headlines, World on Fire is a reminder that the Beeb does this kind of thing better than anyone else.

Nov 18, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

It's not especially clever, but it is big, exciting, and packed with watchable actors.

Nov 18, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

There is much to savour in Peter Bowker's ambitious, multistranded seven-parter - not least Lesley Manville's acid-tongued snob Robina Chase.

Oct 3, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This, for the moment, seems wholly generic, with its smoky jazz clubs and Nazis and dimly lit rooms and newspaper headlines saying Germany has invaded Poland or whatever. I couldn't see why it might be fresh at all.

Oct 7, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

From the start Peter Bowker's scripts resolved to peel away calcified layers of myth.

Nov 12, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Brilliant series, with that typical patriot touch of 70 years ago. [Full Review in Spanish]

Nov 25, 2019 | Full Review…

It has been a semi-triumph. Writer Peter Bowker bravely stranded all of Europe in his task: some strands worked.

Oct 7, 2019 | Full Review…

These roles were happily in the hands of actors equal to the task.

Oct 2, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The somewhat soapy plot lines were expertly juggled and the shoot-out in Danzig was an arresting set piece, and it all looks set to be a winning addition to the BBC Sunday night schedules.

Oct 7, 2019 | Full Review…

World On Fire has so far failed to evoke such effortless panache, but the opener in this sweeping seven-part tale was solid and engaging.

Oct 2, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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