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Across this seven-part series, a brilliant international cast (including Sean Bean, Blake Harrison, Helen Hunt and Lesley Manville) grapples with love triangles, forbidden romance, class divides and dangerous jobs. Why? Because people’s concerns back then were the same as today, says writer Peter Bowker (Blackpool): “falling in love, falling pregnant, somebody dying, somebody disgracing themselves, somebody getting drunk… life goes on”.

World On Fire marks 80 years since the end of the Second World War by homing in on human stories that sweep across Britain, Poland, France, Germany and the United States.