A drama following a group of inspirational women in a rural Cheshire community during World War II.


Simon Block
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Series cast summary:
Clare Calbraith ...  Steph Farrow 12 episodes, 2015-2016
Brian Fletcher Brian Fletcher ...  Little Stan Farrow 12 episodes, 2015-2016
Samantha Bond ...  Frances Barden 12 episodes, 2015-2016
Ruth Gemmell ...  Sarah Collingborne 12 episodes, 2015-2016
Claire Price Claire Price ...  Miriam Brindsley 12 episodes, 2015-2016
Daniel Ryan ...  Bryn Brindsley 12 episodes, 2015-2016
Claire Rushbrook ...  Pat Simms 12 episodes, 2015-2016
Daisy Badger Daisy Badger ...  Claire Hillman 12 episodes, 2015-2016
Frances Grey ...  Erica Campbell 12 episodes, 2015-2016
Fenella Woolgar ...  Alison Scotlock 12 episodes, 2015-2016
Leanne Best ...  Teresa Fenchurch 12 episodes, 2015-2016
Mark Bazeley ...  Bob Simms 12 episodes, 2015-2016
Leila Mimmack ...  Laura Campbell 12 episodes, 2015-2016
Ed Stoppard ...  Dr. Will Campbell / ... 12 episodes, 2015-2016
Mark Umbers ...  Nick Lucas 11 episodes, 2015-2016
Francesca Annis ...  Joyce Cameron 11 episodes, 2015-2016
Jodie Hamblet Jodie Hamblet ...  Jenny Marshall 11 episodes, 2015-2016
Mike Noble Mike Noble ...  Spencer Wilson 10 episodes, 2015-2016
Jacqueline Pilton Jacqueline Pilton ...  Cookie 9 episodes, 2015-2016
Jim Whelan ...  Thumbs 9 episodes, 2015-2016
Will Attenborough ...  David Brindsley 8 episodes, 2015-2016
Gillian Dean Gillian Dean ...  Isobel Reilly 8 episodes, 2015-2016
Rachel Hurd-Wood ...  Kate Campbell / ... 7 episodes, 2015-2016
Alexandre Willaume ...  Marek Novotny 6 episodes, 2016
Rob Heaps ...  AC Tom Halliwell 6 episodes, 2016
Chris Coghill ...  Stanley Farrow / ... 5 episodes, 2015-2016
Nicola Sloane ...  Hazel Flintham 5 episodes, 2015
Philip McGinley ...  Richard Bowers 5 episodes, 2015-2016


The drama follows a group of inspirational women in a rural Cheshire community where the shadow of World War II is casting a dark cloud over their lives. The isolated village couldn't feel further away from the impending bloodshed and battlefields and yet it is not immune from the effects of war. As the conflict takes hold, and separates the women from their husbands, fathers, sons and brothers, the women find themselves under increasing and extraordinary pressures in a rapidly fragmenting world.

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Nobody understands the true cost of war better than women


Drama | War


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Did You Know?


The small cardboard box on a string carried by everyone after late 1939 contains a version of a military-style gas mask for use against mustard gas or any other noxious fumes such as from chemical fires or explosions. Everyone in a potential invasion area or bombing target, if old enough to use one, was issued one. The British were very worried about civilians during wartime both to avoid catastrophe in the event of invasion and because the British people were absolutely the lifeblood of the military effectiveness. See more »


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Wonderful! Authentic & Brilliantly acted - and yet another superb show canceled... why if you please?
17 June 2017 | by fourwinds4See all my reviews

This kept popping up for me to view and at first I did not watch as I wasn't sure I would enjoy the setting... war time. But the appeal of watching two extraordinary actresses : Francesca Annis and Samantha Bond.. drew me in in the end. So glad I watched. I felt the first episode had to take time to set the stage and the characters and from there it just got better and better.

I can remember my Mother talking about the second world war and what the women did in particular during that time. I feel as though this series really captured the essence of the strength of the women and the strength of people, women and men, when outside threats bring a community together. I loved how the small arguments between the WI members at the beginning fall away into respect and friendship as the months continued.

Of course Francesca Annis and Samantha Bond are outstanding but so are the rest of the cast, women and men alike. Claire Rushbrook, with whom I am not familiar as I have lived in the US for many years, is absolutely outstanding in the role of Pat Simms. As for Mark Bazeley as Bob, her cruel & vindictive husband, he's terrific, I just wanted to punch him!

The authenticity of the locations, sets, clothing, make up etc is first class and it must be quite hard to achieve that.. we are talking about a time which is now 80 years ago.

Like other reviewers, I am dismayed that ITV canceled it. I recall the same reaction when BBC canceled 'Merlin" ... even though Merlin had more viewers than Home Fires. It seems that viewing figures of 5 - 6 million is not enough to constitute keeping a show going. I wonder what the other long running dramas get ? I simply refuse to believe that more than 50% of the general public want to watch the boring, CGI, violent, blood spattering, badly acted rubbish that is in most shows nowadays. That stuff is being marketed consistently and yet it is these shows, portraying a time when communication between men and women and people in general was gentler, more respectful and shows humanity that many people want to see.

Thank you to the producers, director, cast and production crew for making such an authentic and engaging show.

I hope that some other production company will have the courage to take this up and continue the story. Amazon, Netflix, Hulu... are you listening?

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3 October 2015 (USA) See more »

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Cheshire, England, UK See more »

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