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Postby annebronterocks » Thu Jun 18, 2015 2:19 am

Just saw a lineup of the upcoming PBS Masterpiece dramas. Among them was something set in Britain during WWII called "Home Fires." Unusually, the show has no Wikipedia entry. :noidea:

Have any of you UK members seen it? Non-spoiler information and opinions?
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Re: Home Fires?

Postby kitchenwonder » Thu Jun 18, 2015 2:27 am

Just read about this last night elsewhere on QE.

Check out the topic Guest Villains and Guest Stars / Frances Grey - All Clear/Home Fires.

(There is probably some way to make this a link, but I don't know how :noidea: ... being technologically-challenged as I am!)
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Re: Home Fires?

Postby amiga » Thu Jun 18, 2015 3:10 am

I'm watching Home Fires and really like it. Women trying to do their part at the start of the war. Definitely worth watching. You will see Francesca Anis playing a very different role than she did as Richard's wife in Reckless.

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Re: Home Fires?

Postby Wolesley » Thu Jun 18, 2015 3:41 am

Oh, wait - Home Fires is the title of the series based on the book Jambusters?

Now I get it. D'oh!

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Re: Home Fires?

Postby annebronterocks » Thu Jun 18, 2015 1:01 pm

Thanks everyone -- very helpful info! :thumbsup:
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Re: Home Fires?

Postby kitchenwonder » Sat Oct 03, 2015 9:44 am

Finally! Home Fires will be shown on my PBS channel, KCTS 9 (Seattle) on Sunday night (October 4). Anyone else out there watching? :rose:
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Re: Home Fires?

Postby amiga » Sat Oct 03, 2015 12:46 pm

kitchenwonder wrote:Finally! Home Fires will be shown on my PBS channel, KCTS 9 (Seattle) on Sunday night (October 4). Anyone else out there watching? :rose:


I watched when it aired in the UK and will watch it again on Sun. I really liked it.

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Re: Home Fires?

Postby Wolesley » Sun Oct 04, 2015 3:42 pm

I'll be watching tonight! :biggrin:

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Re: Home Fires?

Postby NikkiB » Sun Oct 04, 2015 7:34 pm

amiga wrote:I watched when it aired in the UK and will watch it again on Sun. I really liked it.

Amiga

Amiga, gotta ask if you were in the UK when you watched it.
Plan to watch tonight. Or at least record it. Sounds good.
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Re: Home Fires?

Postby amiga » Sun Oct 04, 2015 7:44 pm

NikkiB wrote:
amiga wrote:I watched when it aired in the UK and will watch it again on Sun. I really liked it.

Amiga

Amiga, gotta ask if you were in the UK when you watched it.
Plan to watch tonight. Or at least record it. Sounds good.


No, I only wish. I'll send you a PM.

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Re: Home Fires?

Postby Rhonllor » Mon Oct 05, 2015 3:59 am

Just watched the first episode and I thought it was really good. Francesca Annis' character is such a glorious snob! I love the story too. I'm not familiar with the book it's based on. I'll have to read it now.
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Re: Home Fires?

Postby Wolesley » Mon Oct 05, 2015 6:32 am

Quite enjoyable with lots of character threads to be woven through the episodes. Samantha Bond is delightful, and so is her hubby. FA delightful in her portrayal of snobbery. I do hope the abusive 'writer' husband gets a more powerful dose of food poisoning soon. Looking forward to the next episode!

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Re: Home Fires?

Postby kitchenwonder » Mon Oct 05, 2015 11:54 am

I enjoyed the first episode, and will definitely be watching next week. I liked the characterization of different backgrounds/situations for the women...all coming together for the WI.

I was inspired to order the book. It's coming from the UK, and won't arrive for at least a month. :rose:
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Re: Home Fires?

Postby Lynette » Mon Oct 05, 2015 1:29 pm

I had to drive my daughter back to university so I missed it, but hubby recorded it. Hope to watch tonight.
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Re: Home Fires?

Postby kitchenwonder » Thu Oct 15, 2015 3:41 am

kitchenwonder wrote:I was inspired to order the book. It's coming from the UK, and won't arrive for at least a month. :rose:

Hooray, the book arrived today! Very fast service from "wordery". :thumbsup:

Wolesley wrote: I do hope the abusive 'writer' husband gets a more powerful dose of food poisoning soon.

I'm enjoying the development of the characters...each is so distinct that it is easy to follow the different storylines. And I definitely agree with Wolesley about the abusive husband! :whistling:
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Re: Home Fires?

Postby kitchentease » Fri Oct 16, 2015 9:47 pm

Agreed on all counts - and the casting couldn't be better. Samantha Bond and Francesca Annis are fabulous. What really has me hooked though is the music from the soundtrack by Samuel Sim https://soundcloud.com/samuel77/home-fires-main-theme and https://soundcloud.com/samuel77/home-fires-blackberry.
But, what does the brain matter....compared to the heart?
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Re: Home Fires?

Postby Lynette » Mon Oct 19, 2015 10:58 pm

Seen three episodes now and am thoroughly engaged.

One Foyle's War connection that I don't think anyone else has mentioned: the actor who played Rex in Among the Few, Mark Umbers, is in this too, again playing an RAF pilot (or pilot-in-training, I think, at this early point in the war). Anyway, he looks a decade older than he did in FW, unsurprisingly, but still handsome and dashing.

I had to laugh at Kitchentease's remark about the soundtrack: when my husband and I watched the first episode, he shot me a sidelong glance and remarked that the theme music sounded very much like the theme to Coraline, a super-creepy movie that I loathed.
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Re: Home Fires?

Postby kitchentease » Mon Oct 19, 2015 11:35 pm

I had to laugh at Kitchentease's remark about the soundtrack: when my husband and I watched the first episode, he shot me a sidelong glance and remarked that the theme music sounded very much like the theme to Coraline, a super-creepy movie that I loathed.

And there I was thinking the theme is very similar to Mad World from the soundtrack to Donnie Darko, which I loved. :rofl:
But, what does the brain matter....compared to the heart?
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Re: Home Fires?

Postby annebronterocks » Wed Oct 21, 2015 1:42 am

On the subject of alumnae of FW who are swelling the cast of "Home Fires," I'm sure everyone recognized Frances Grey (Janice Hylton). After 10+ years and a moustache I didn't recognize Mark Bazeley (Martin Longmate) as Pat's abusive husband. He's doing a great job in plumbing new levels of vomit-inducing evil, however. :sad:
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Re: Home Fires?

Postby NikkiB » Sun Nov 01, 2015 4:45 pm

Up to date (ep. 4 thus far) on this show and really enjoying it. However, at any moment, I expect a 1940 or so Wolesley motor car driven by a young blonde female drive into the village, with a very handsome, hatted gentleman exiting the car and approaching a member of the town and saying "My name's Foyle. I'm a police officer. I'm investigating a murder here."
Now. Would that not be cool. A little overlap. :wink: :wink: :wink:
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