Fans may be disappointed to wave goodbye to the women of Great Paxford but they’ll meet again when Home Fires returns for a second series.
The ITV Drama was such a hit with viewers (an average 6.2 million tuned in) that ITV has recommissioned it, ordering another batch of episodes.
Based on Jambusters: The Story of the Women’s Institute in the Second World War by Julie Summers, Home Fires follows the exploits of a group of inspirational women in a rural Cheshire community. They may be far from the front and the fighting, but the shadow of the Second World War has cast a dark cloud over their lives.
With their husbands, fathers, sons and brothers experiencing bloodshed on the battlefields, the women band together to prevent their world falling apart.
Created and written by The Eichmann Show scribe Simon Block, the series boasts an impressive ensemble cast lead by Samatha Bond and screen veteran Francesca Annis.
Ruth Gemmell (Utopia), Mark Bonnar (Line of Duty), Claire Rushbrook (Collision), Mark Bazeley (The Suspicions of Mr Whicher), Frances Grey (The Widower) and Ed Stoppard (Cilla) also star.
Castings for the second series have yet to be confirmed but Executive Producer Francis Hopkinson said she was “thrilled the incredible ensemble cast of Home Fires will be returning for a second series”.
The Battle of Britain will provide the backdrop, with the women attempting to hold things together at home in the face of the terrifying prospect of German invasion.
“We’ve been really pleased with how viewers have taken Home Fires to their heart,” said Steve November, ITV’s Director of Drama. “Through Simon’s wonderfully observed scripts, and the characters he’s created, we’ve come to know real women who kept the home fires burning throughout the Second World War.”
“Their war effort is an intriguing aspect of our national social history and we’re delighted the women will be reunited for a second series,” he added.
The second series of the drama will begin filming in Cheshire during the summer of 2015.