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WORLD ON FIRE On MASTERPIECE

Shown: Zofia Wichlaz as Kasia Tomaszeski
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Shown: Zofia Wichlaz as Kasia Tomaszeski

Stream now or tune in Sundays, April 4 - May 16, 2021 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV

All episodes are available to stream on demand with KPBS Passport!

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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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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EPISODE GUIDE:

Episode 1 repeats Sunday, April 4 at 10 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?

Episode 2 repeats Sunday, April 11 at 10 p.m. - A month into war and with Warsaw destroyed, Harry is desperate for news, while Kasia joins the Polish resistance.

Jonah Hauer-King (as Harry Chase)
Courtesy of Ben Blackall / © Mammoth Screen 2019
Jonah Hauer-King (as Harry Chase)

Episode 3 repeats Sunday, April 18 at 10 p.m. - Tom faces the fight of his life aboard HMS Exeter, while Harry and Lois have a more personal battle to fight.

Ewan Mitchell (as Tom Bennett)
Courtesy of Ross Ferguson / © Mammoth Screen 2019
Ewan Mitchell (as Tom Bennett)

Episode 4 repeats Sunday, April 25 at 10 p.m. - Harry’s courage is tested at Louvain, while Kasia’s resistance activity in Warsaw intensifies.

Shown from left to right: Blake Harrison (Stan Raddings) and Jonah Hauer-King (as Harry Chase)
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 repeats Sunday, May 2 at 10 p.m. - Harry and his unit reach Dunkirk, with the odds stacked against them.

Shown from left to right: Matthew Romain (as Geoff) and Jonah Hauer-King (as Harry Chase)
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 repeats Sunday, May 9 at 10 p.m. - Paris falls to the Nazis, and Webster and Albert’s lives are turned upside down.

Shown from left to right: Brian J. Smith (as Webster O’Connor) and Parker Sawyer (as Albert)
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 repeats Sunday, May 16 at 10 p.m. - Harry has a second chance at saving Kasia from Warsaw. In Manchester, could Lois be set for happiness at last?

WATCH ON YOUR SCHEDULE:

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

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LISTEN TO OUR SEASON 1 SPOTIFY PLAYLIST:

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.

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CREDITS:

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.