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WORLD ON FIRE On MASTERPIECE (Season Finale This Week)

Airs Sundays, April 5 - May 17, 2020 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV + PBS Video App

Shown: Zofia Wichlaz as Kasia Tomaszeski

Credit: Courtesy of Mammoth Screen

Above: Shown: Zofia Wichlaz as Kasia Tomaszeski

All episodes available to stream on demand with KPBS Passport beginning Sunday, April 5

WORLD ON FIRE On MASTERPIECE is an adrenalized, emotionally gripping and resonant World War II drama that follows the intertwining fates of ordinary people in five countries as they grapple with the effects of the war on their everyday lives.

Set in Britain, Poland, France, Germany and the United States, the events of the seven-hour series take place during the first year of the war.

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Don't miss it! World on Fire, starring Helen Hunt, Sean Bean, Jonah Hauer-King, and more premieres Sunday, April 5, 2020.

The stellar cast includes Academy Award®-winner Helen Hunt ("As Good As it Gets," MAD ABOUT YOU), Sean Bean (GAME OF THRONES), Academy Award®-nominee Lesley Manville ("Phantom Thread"), Jonah Hauer-King (LITTLE WOMEN On MASTERPIECE, HOWARD'S END) and Blake Harrison (A VERY ENGLISH SCANDAL).

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Jonah Hauer-King, Helen Hunt, Sean Bean and more introduce the epic, all-new World War II drama.


Episode 1 airs Sunday, April 5 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV - When war breaks out, young translator Harry vows to help his Polish lover Kasia flee Warsaw, but how will he explain this to his sweetheart Lois, waiting for him at home in Manchester?

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American journalist Nancy Campbell stumbles upon a troubling discovery in Poland.

Episode 2 airs Sunday, April 12 at 9 p.m. - A month into war and with Warsaw destroyed, Harry is desperate for news, while Kasia joins the Polish resistance.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Ben Blackall / © Mammoth Screen 2019

Jonah Hauer-King (as Harry Chase)

Episode 3 airs Sunday, April 19 at 9 p.m. - Tom faces the fight of his life aboard HMS Exeter, while Harry and Lois have a more personal battle to fight.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Ross Ferguson / © Mammoth Screen 2019

Ewan Mitchell (as Tom Bennett)

Episode 4 airs Sunday, April 26 at 9 p.m. - Harry’s courage is tested at Louvain, while Kasia’s resistance activity in Warsaw intensifies.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Dusan Martincek / © Mammoth Screen 2019

Shown from left to right: Blake Harrison (Stan Raddings) and Jonah Hauer-King (as Harry Chase)

Episode 5 airs Sunday, May 3 at 9 p.m. - Harry and his unit reach Dunkirk, with the odds stacked against them.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Ben Blackall / © Mammoth Screen 2019

Shown from left to right: Matthew Romain (as Geoff) and Jonah Hauer-King (as Harry Chase)

Episode 6 airs Sunday, May 10 at 9 p.m. - Paris falls to the Nazis, and Webster and Albert’s lives are turned upside down.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Dusan Martincek / © Mammoth Screen 2019

Shown from left to right: Brian J. Smith (as Webster O’Connor) and Parker Sawyer (as Albert)

Episode 7 airs Sunday, May 17 at 9 p.m. - Harry has a second chance at saving Kasia from Warsaw. In Manchester, could Lois be set for happiness at last?

WORLD ON FIRE: Inside Look

WORLD ON FIRE stars Julia Brown, Zofia Wichlacz, and Executive Producer of MASTERPIECE Susanne Simpson tell us all about the new series premiering on Sunday, April 5, 2020!


Binge Opportunity! Stream all episodes on demand with KPBS Passport beginning Sunday, April 5, 2020.

With the PBS Video App, you can stream your favorite and local station shows. Download it for free on your favorite device. The app allows you to catch up on recent episodes and discover award-winning shows.

This series will be available to stream on demand for a limited time after each broadcast. Extend your viewing window with KPBS Passport, video streaming for members supporting KPBS at $60 or more yearly, using your computer, smartphone, tablet, Roku, AppleTV, Amazon Fire or Chromecast. Learn more and activate your benefit now.


Transport yourself back to the 1930s with our all new WORLD ON FIRE Season 1 playlist on the MASTERPIECE on PBS Spotify account. Share the playlist with friends and follow the MASTERPIECE on PBS Spotify account.


MASTERPIECE is on Facebook, Pinterest, and you can follow @masterpiecepbs on Twitter. #MasterpiecePBS #WorldOnFirePBS


A Mammoth Screen (part of ITV Studios) production for the BBC and MASTERPIECE. It is written by Peter Bowker, developed by Mammoth’s Creative Director Rebecca Keane and executive produced by Peter Bowker, Damien Timmer, and Helen Ziegler for Mammoth Screen, Lucy Richer for the BBC, and Rebecca Eaton for MASTERPIECE. The Series Producer is Chris Clough. Adam Smith ("Trespass Against Us") is directing episodes one and two, Thomas Napper ("Jawbone") is directing episode three, Chanya Button ("Burn Burn Burn") is is directing episodes five and six, and Andy Wilson (UNFORGOTTEN) is directing episodes four and seven. ITV Studios Global Entertainment handles global distribution.


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