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Downton Abbey and Line of Duty stars for ITV's new series Home Fires

5 September 2014 3:03 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

ITV has announced the cast for its new six-part drama series Home Fires.

Previously known as Jambusters, the period piece follows a group of inspirational women in Cheshire at the height of World War II.

Banding together as the Great Paxford Women's Institute, they help maintain the nation's fabric in its darkest hour.

Downton Abbey's Samantha Bond and Cranford's Francesca Annis will lead the cast, which also includes Mark Bonnar (Line of Duty), Ruth Gemmell (Utopia), and Claire Rushbrook (My Mad Fat Diary).

Mark Bazeley (The Suspicions of Mr Whicher), Frances Grey (The Widower) and Ed Stoppard (Cilla) will also feature in Simon Block's adaptation of Julie Summers's non-fiction book Jambusters.

"We're really delighted to have commissioned Home Fires," said ITV's Director of Drama Steve November. "Great writing from Simon has given Julie Summers's wonderful book a fictional life.

"The women are real and engaging »

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Football films: the good, the bad and the ugly adventures on the big screen

27 February 2014 3:14 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Even the best football movies struggle to capture the sport's drama on film. The worst (and there are many) are truly abysmal

Why has cinema found football to be such a tricky customer? Football scenes in film and television are traditionally very awkward affairs, with the "defenders" tip-toeing nervously around the "attackers" as they advance, the goal finally coming via the sort of impractical flying volley you just never see on a real pitch. It's clearly very difficult to let someone score a script-dictated goal while pretending to try to stop them but, at the same time, trying not to look like you're pretending to try to stop them. Perhaps they teach it at Rada, who knows?

Furthermore, filmmakers have the challenge of adding a fictional big-screen gloss to what is already an overwhelmingly camera-friendly and consistently dramatic spectacle in its own right. Real-life football already has its own "script »

- Adam Hurrey

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