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Re: World On Fire
« Reply #80 on: September 03, 2019, 06:27:43 AM »
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In #London? Why not catch a preview TONIGHT @BFI as well as a Q&A with Writer Peter Bowker plus cast members Sean Bean, Zofia Wichłacz, Julia Brown & Jonah Hauer-King.

Tickets: http://bit.ly/WOF-BFI
https://twitter.com/FilmLiverpool/status/1168846411494055936


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Tonight, Peter Bowker (writer of The A Word) and Sean Bean will be attending a preview of World on Fire, a major new BBC drama set in 1939. Join them at #BFISouthbank https://theb.fi/30Rsy2U
https://twitter.com/BFI/status/1168912290365751306


"World On Fire" BFI Premiere

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Sean Bean, playing a new heroic character, plus Zofia Wichlacz and Julia Brown ( @___juliab )at first screening of World on Fire @BFI @mammothscreen 

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Terrific evening at the premiere of @bbcone’s stunning new drama World on Fire. Loved episode one and can’t wait to watch the rest of it. Brilliant cast too, including @jonahhauerking, Lesley Manville, Helen Hunt, @juliabrown, @zofiawichlacz and @sean_bean_official.

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Watched a compelling first episode of #WorldOnFire set at the outbreak of #WW2 followed by a Q&A with the cast. Intriguing how the multi nation characters link up across a soon to be war torn Europe. Great cast includes #SeanBean and #LesleyManville @mammothscreen @BBCOne

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Just seen ep 1 of @WorldOnFireTV and it is utterly brilliant. So so happy. A truly international cast that all bring the best of their magic to the screen. On @BBCOne this autumn. @sethmason and I could not be prouder of this bunch. #greattelly

https://twitter.com/verbalictor/status/1169004500037840897

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Preview of @mammothscreen & @BBCOne's #WorldOnFire at #BFISouthbank tonight, 80 years to the day since start of WWII. Ambitious. Authentic. Polish scenes often unbearably tense. Julia Brown (@___juliab) & #GameofThrones' Sean Bean were highlights for me. Q&A with @RhiannaDhillon.

https://twitter.com/dazzaross/status/1169026015722725377

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#WorldonFire was really very good! Gorgeous writing from Peter Bowker. Characters were engaging and you felt for their circumstances. Lovely Q&A after! Thank you @mammothscreen! I’ll be tuning into second episode!

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One does not simply interview Sean Bean.

Unless you’re me. Today. That’s me. Interviewing Sean Bean.

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At BFI screening of @pbowker7’s stunning WWII drama #WorldOnFire, which offers fresh view on a conflict we think we know. Coming soon to BBC1. Beautiful storytelling, characters to care about linking Manchester, Warsaw, Berlin, Paris... & pacifist Sean Bean will break our hearts.
https://twitter.com/adey70/status/1168967874863648768

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Re: World On Fire
« Reply #81 on: September 04, 2019, 03:11:50 AM »
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Keep an eye out for updates for @mammothscreen's gripping new #WW2 drama #WorldOnFire this autumn, folks. Filmed across the North West in #Manchester & #Liverpool. It's gonna be epic 🎬
 
https://twitter.com/Production_CE/status/1169159842747027459


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We honour the lives lived and lives lost during World War II.   

Love. Freedom. Family. What would you fight for? #WorldOnFire 
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TVNOW shows the epic BBC drama series "World on Fire" with Helen Hunt and Sean Bean in a German premiere on 29 September
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TVNOW will present the starred drama series with Helen Hunt and Sean Bean starting on September 29, 2019, just a few days after the BBC One world premiere. Every week, a new episode of the seven-part fiction series will be on TVNOW in a German premiere. The first season of "World on Fire" includes the first year of World War II, beginning with the German invasion of Poland in September 1939 and ending with the events of fall 1940.
https://www.presseportal.de/pm/133584/4366068

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Re: World On Fire
« Reply #82 on: September 05, 2019, 12:05:12 AM »
BBC drama World on Fire to rely upon subtitles
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From The Great Escape to ’Allo ’Allo, actors playing foreigners in wartime productions have long delivered their lines in hammy accents.

The “Ve haf vays off making you talk” days could be over, however, after the writer of a new BBC war series insisted that all characters speak in their own language. World on Fire, which begins on BBC One this autumn, is thought to be the first mainstream British drama in recent years to heavily rely on subtitles.

The series, starring Helen Hunt, Sean Bean and Lesley Manville, tells the story of the first year of the Second World War through the fates of ordinary people. The plot follows a British translator, played by Jonah Hauer-King, who falls in love with a Polish waitress…
 
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/bbc-drama-world-on-fire-to-rely-upon-subtitles-hj5f7ld3w

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Re: World On Fire
« Reply #83 on: September 06, 2019, 11:40:49 AM »
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UK    29 September 2019   
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8001092/releaseinfo?ref_=tt_dt_dt




The Crown to His Dark Materials, the best TV dramas this autumn
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World on Fire
BBC One, Sept
Move over The Winds of War, Peter Bowker’s seven-part Second World War opus is full of everyday sacrifice and romance, jeopardy and tragedy, as it relates the intertwining fates of ordinary people during the first year of the war. Characters include a young English translator in Poland, a female American war correspondent and a worried family in Berlin. The backdrop? The siege of Warsaw, Dunkirk, the fall of Paris and the Battle of Britain. So a full-blown sweeping epic. Sean Bean, Helen Hunt and Lesley Manville are recognisable faces among a cast of rising stars.
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/the-crown-to-his-dark-materials-the-best-tv-dramas-this-autumn-ljbdf3fd6

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Re: World On Fire
« Reply #84 on: September 09, 2019, 04:03:32 AM »
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Speaking of previews, forgot to mention I saw the first ep of the new TV series  #WorldonFire at the #BFI last week and it’s fantastic. A multi-character WWII drama with human stories at its heart. Looking forward to seeing the rest of it
https://twitter.com/Beviathan/status/1170981464189657088




World on Fire: From Helen Hunt and Sean Bean to Jonah Hauer-King and Julia Brown - Meet the cast and characters of BBC One’s World War II drama
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With the show set across Europe and the United States, the cast of BBC One’s epic new World War II drama World on Fire is truly international.

Big names including Helen Hunt, Lesley Manville and Sean Bean appear alongside British stars Blake Harrison, Jonah Hauer-King and Julia Brown, and award-winning Polish actors including Zofia Wichłacz.

Created by multi-award winning writer Peter Bowker (The A Word, Eric and Ernie), World on Fire is an emotionally gripping drama that tells the story of World War II through the lives of ordinary people caught up in the conflict.

Ahead of the show's release on BBC One in autumn 2019, we reveal everything we know so far about the cast and characters of World on Fire.

BT TV customers can watch World on Fire when it starts on BBC One this autumn. Never miss an episode with the BBC iPlayer app - under Players & Apps on BT TV.

Sean Bean as Douglas Bennett

Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones actor Sean Bean is also part of the cast. He plays Mancunian Douglas Bennett, who from the trailer we know is the father of Lois Bennett (played by Julia Brown).

Of joining the cast, Bean said: “I am thrilled to be part of this ambitious drama. Peter Bowker’s study of the human stories that thread through this huge global conflict is fascinating and something I look forward to being part of on screen.”
 

https://tv.bt.com/tv/tv-from-bt/world-on-fire-bbc-one-cast-characters-helen-hunt-lesley-manville-sean-bean-11364391065731

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Re: World On Fire
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« Reply #86 on: September 13, 2019, 02:25:25 PM »
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Get obsessed with BBC drama this autumn and winter.
✨ His Dark Materials
✨ Peaky Blinders
✨ The Capture
✨ Noughts + Crosses
✨ World on Fire
✨ Dublin Murders
✨ The Trial of Christine Keeler
✨ Gold Digger
✨ A Christmas Carol
✨ Giri/Haji
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« Reply #87 on: September 15, 2019, 12:01:20 AM »
BBC's Blackshirt blooper: Fascist uniform mistake in new drama World On Fire 'plays fast and loose' with history
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A major BBC drama about the Second World War will depict British Fascists wearing their notorious Blackshirt uniforms almost three years after the outfits were banned by law.

World On Fire, starring Sean Bean, Helen Hunt and Lesley Manville, opens with Oswald Mosley addressing a Fascist rally in Manchester in March 1939.

Mosley, played by Jonathan McGuiness, and his extremist cronies can be clearly seen wearing the uniform as his supporters repeatedly shout ‘Blackshirts!’ over and over again while delivering Nazi salutes.

But historians say the depiction is inaccurate because the wearing of political uniforms, including the Blackshirt outfit, had been banned years earlier by the Public Order Act 1936.

The law was introduced to curtail the activities of Mosley and the British Union of Fascists following the so-called Battle of Cable Street which took place on October 4, 1936.
 
Second World War historian Guy Walters said it sounded like the BBC was playing ‘fast and loose’ with the facts when it came to the wearing of the uniforms, even though ‘Blackshirt’ continued to be used as a term of abuse after the introduction of the Act.

The BBC has high hopes for the seven-part drama, written by acclaimed dramatist Peter Bowker, which follows the fortunes of families in four different countries – Britain, Poland, France and Germany – during the first year of the conflict.

A spokesman for the show said: ‘We find in research that those wearing the Blackshirt uniform at such a rally would have had the option to cover them with overcoats and jackets once they left the building.

‘They were then at a lower risk of being reported/arrested.’

World On Fire starts on BBC One later this month.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7464463/Fascist-uniform-mistake-new-drama-World-Fire-plays-fast-loose-history.html

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Re: World On Fire
« Reply #88 on: September 17, 2019, 02:24:37 AM »
Sean Bean reveals which of his character deaths he thinks is the best ever

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Decapitated by his own sword in Game of Thrones, splattered on a satellite in GoldenEye and impaled by an anchor during Patriot Games: Sean Bean doesn’t exactly have the best on-screen health and safety record.

Through his four decades of fatalities in TV and film, the Broken actor has built up a reputation for playing killable characters, portraying men that have been shot, stabbed and, in 1990’s The Field, trampled off a cliff by a herd of rampaging cows.

But which on his many on-screen deaths is his best? You’ve probably got a personal favourite, but now the actor himself has revealed to RadioTimes.com which of his deaths he thinks is definitively the best. And turns out there’s one on-screen fatality that rules them all: that of Boromir from Lord of Rings.

 “I thought his death was very heroic and triumphant and poignant. It had pathos. And the [frame rate] slowed down and it had great music playing really loud. And it was great to try and fight back – he went on forever,” Bean told us, while miming Boromir’s dying sword strokes. “I was very happy with that! Better than a quick death!”

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It’s worth noting that this is obviously only Bean’s favourite death so far – the actor could be killed off even more spectacularly in the coming years. But it’s not likely. As Bean admitted, he’s well aware of the trope and has actually asked writers of his recent projects whether his character dies before signing on (miming turning through scripts to check if they contain a death, he said “I just start at the end!”)

In fact, that’s exactly what Bean did before joining the cast of his new seven-part series, World On Fire. A BBC1 drama delving into the first year of the Second World War, the show will see Bean take the role of Douglas Bennett, a widowed veteran of the First World War and an ardent pacifist by 1939, World on Fire’s start point.

“He’s a firm believer that war isn’t a solution to the world’s problems. That’s basically because he’s been coloured by his past experiences, horrors and bloodshed in the trenches,” explains Bean. “He’s ostracised and abused in his own community for it.”

However, while Bean says he can understand his character’s viewpoint, he doesn’t necessarily agree with Douglas about the war. “Douglas doesn’t know about the horror and the [Nazi] brutality… he’s thinking of the First World War and how futile that was. You can’t blame him for that. It was one of the few wars that was a justifiable war…there’s not been many since, but that was a good ‘un.”
In other words, don’t expect a Boromir-style fight to the death from him in World on Fire. Unless the show rectifies history just to accommodate an obligatory Sean Bean death, he might, just might, get out of this one alive.

World on Fire is on BBC1 this Autumn
 
https://www.radiotimes.com/news/tv/2019-09-17/sean-bean-best-death/




World on Fire: From filming locations to full cast list, release date and trailer - Everything you need to know about BBC One’s epic World War II drama
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Actor Sean Bean (Game of Thrones, Broken) agreed: “It’s not so much a war story as a montage of how it affected ordinary people in so many different countries.

“It’s not a retelling of history, it’s a reflection of the effects of the brutality of war, and also the courage, friendship, and aspirations, of all these people from different countries, fighting against a common enemy.”



And like Manville, Sean Bean was also ‘pretty much always’ the actor that Bowker had in mind for the role.

Of casting Bean in the role of the troubled former soldier Douglas Bennett, Bowker said: “I knew I wanted to write somebody who had PTSD, or shell shock as it was known at the time.

“I was interested in a character who you’re asking big questions of. I wanted somebody who we felt had immense power, and partly because Sean has that, and because of seeing him in Broken… his main concern when I rang him was that he didn’t die.”




 At the launch of the show, creator Peter Bowker confirmed that there are plans to do more seasons of World on Fire.

He explained: “The plan is to do a series for each year of the war. We’ve mapped out six seasons, for six years of the year, and what happens with these characters. Although there may be some fatalities with it being a war, but I’m not at liberty to say [who].”

Executive producer Helen Zielger added: “[By continuing with one series for one year of the war], we’re trying to connect those events in history, and really see the cause and effect of them, rather than thinking of these separate, huge moments. It tells the story of what it was like to live at the time.”
https://tv.bt.com/tv/tv-from-bt/world-on-fire-bbc-one-release-date-true-story-filming-locations-trailer-cast-11364391065388



World on Fire—a war drama about people, not patriotism
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The Second World War figures large in popular culture. But rarely do we see a war story that focuses on ordinary people rather than the event as a whole.

World on Fire—the BBC’s offering for the eightieth anniversary of the outbreak of war—aims to do just that.

This series tells the story of the first year of the war—from the Nazi invasion of Poland to the Battle of Britain. It features an all star cast.

Oscar winner Helen Hunt plays a US war correspondent desperately trying to spread the news of Poland’s invasion, while Sean Bean plays an anti-war shell-shocked veteran.

The first episode opens with two young activists disrupting an Oswald Mosley fascist rally before being thrown in jail by police.

In Poland, we see soldiers defending Danzig in scenes that don’t shy away from depicting the horror that took place.

In Warsaw a young waiter—Kasha—has to choose between escaping Poland or sending her little brother to safety.

World on Fire promises to be an unflinching look at what the war was like for the people who fought it, and those caught in the crossfire. The variety of actors from different backgrounds makes it all the more authentic and interesting.

It doesn’t suffer from the pitfalls of a heroic British narrative. Instead it allows us to think about how Britain benefits from the conflicts it has a hand in.

World on Fire focuses on real human stories—and does it in a way that avoids a gung-ho viewpoint well.

When one character insists that this war is different Bean replies, “All wars are different, until they aren’t.”

On BBC1 from 29 September and on BBC iPlayer bbc.co.uk/iplayer
https://socialistworker.co.uk/art/48952/World+on+Fire+a+war+drama+about+people%2C+not+patriotism



Meet the cast of World on Fire
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Sean Bean plays Douglas Bennett

“Douglas is just an ordinary man except the fact that he serves as a soldier in the First World War,” Bean told RadioTimes.com. “He was shell-shocked – the victim of a mustard gas attack.

He added: “He’s a pacifist and conscientious objector, he’s very clear about that and he takes it upon himself to become an activist. He’s ostracised in his own community for his pacifism but those are the lengths he’s prepared to go to.”
 
https://www.radiotimes.com/news/tv/2019-09-17/world-on-fire-cast-bbc-one/


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« Reply #89 on: September 18, 2019, 05:54:05 AM »
World On Fire     Ep 1/7  Sunday 29 September  9.00pm-10.00pm   BBC ONE

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Summer 1939. Translator Harry (Jonah Hauer-King) is working at the British Embassy in Warsaw, falling in love with Polish waitress Kasia (Zofia Wichłacz). When German tanks roll into Poland and Britain declares war on Germany, Harry and Kasia are faced with terrible choices.

With her life in grave danger, the only way for Kasia to be safe is to escape. Can Harry help her - and if he does, how will he ever explain himself to factory worker and singer Lois Bennett (Julia Brown), the girl he left behind in Manchester?

As the Nazi threat spreads across Europe, Kasia must choose between love and fighting for her country, Harry must find his place in the world, and Lois seizes new opportunities the war throws up. The conflict overturns everything for Harry's snobbish mother Robina (Lesley Manville) and for Douglas (Sean Bean), Lois' pacifist father, and her firecracker younger brother Tom (Ewan Mitchell), who joins the navy and finds himself under fire in one of the first major battles of the war.

In Berlin, outspoken American journalist Nancy (Helen Hunt) risks her life trying to help her neighbours the Rosslers from the attentions of the ruling Nazi regime‎, while in Paris Nancy's nephew, medic Webster (Brian J. Smith) refuses to leave the city and the man he loves.

This is a series that takes us across the first year of the war, from ordinary life in Manchester to the beaches of Dunkirk, getting right under the skin and into the hearts and minds of those living their lives during this extraordinary time as they grapple with the unthinkable: a world in flames.
 
https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/proginfo/2019/40/world-on-fire



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Love. Freedom. Friendship. What would you fight for?

#WorldOnFire starts Sunday 29th September at 9pm on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.
https://twitter.com/BBCOne/status/1174319076627353608




Exclusive preview screening of new BBC drama World on Fire to take place in Manchester

The new World War II drama was partly filmed in Manchester - and local audiences can see it first at a special screening with the stars
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An exclusive preview screening of BBC One’s new landmark World War II drama World on Fire will be held in Manchester next week.

The new series, by award-winning Manchester writer Peter Bowker (The A Word, Marvellous), follows the first year of World War II through the intertwining fates of ordinary people drawn from Britain, Poland, France, Germany and the United States as they grapple with the effect of the war on their everyday lives.

 The series was partly filmed in Manchester. And now local people are being given the chance to see the first episode at Manchester Cathedral before it airs on BBC One.

Two Manchester families are at the heart of the series. Sean Bean (Game of Thrones) plays Douglas Bennett, father of daughter Lois, a factory-worker, and son Tom who is always in trouble with the law – until he joins the Navy at the outbreak of the war.
When Lois, a talented singer, joins ENSA (Entertainments National Service Association), pacifist Doug finds himself with both children in uniform.

Lesley Manville plays Robina, the smart mother of Harry, a high-flying translator played by Manchester actor Jonah Hauer-King. When Harry is posted to Warsaw, Robina is delighted to get him away from girlfriend Lois… until bombs start falling in Warsaw and Harry find himself under fire but torn between Lois at home and Kasia (Zofia Wichlacz), a young Polish waitress.

With Kasia’s life in grave danger, the only way to get her to safety may be to marry her and bring her home to Manchester.

As well as Sean Bean and Lesley Manville, the stellar cast includes Academy Award-winner Helen Hunt (As Good As It Gets), Blake Harrison (The Inbetweeners) and Yrsa Daley-Ward (White Colour Black), plus rising British stars Jonah Hauer-King (Little Women) and Julia Brown (The Last Kingdom).

Jonah Hauer-King, Julia Brown, Blake Harrison and Yrsa Daley-Ward will be in attendance at the Manchester Cathedral preview and, along with writer Peter Bowker, will take part in a Q&A hosted by BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty after the screening.

“World on Fire tells the hidden human stories within the big historical events we think we know,” says writer Peter Bowker.
“These are the stories of the ordinary people who shaped our world. Stories of loyalty and brutality, courage and fear, hopes, stories of love and loss, hopes and dreams forged in extraordinary times.”

The exclusive preview screening of World on Fire takes place on Manchester Cathedral on Wednesday 25th September at 6.45pm.

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Sean Bean reveals he's started turning down roles in which his characters die after being killed onscreen a staggering 21 times
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Sean Bean has revealed that he's so exasperated with his characters dying onscreen, he's now turning down roles which would see him meeting a grisly end.

The 60-year-old actor's character Ned Stark was brutally beheaded in the first season of hit fantasy drama Game Of Thrones, while Boromir perished under a shower of arrows in Lord Of The Rings — marking just two of his 21 screen deaths.

And Sean has now decided that he'd like for his next character to make it out of a TV show or movie alive, telling The Sun: 'I’ve turned down stuff. I’ve said, "They know my character’s going to die because I’m in it!"

'I just had to cut that out and start surviving, otherwise it was all a bit predictable. I did do one job and they said, "We’re going to kill you," and I was like, "Oh no!" and then they said, "Well, can we injure you badly?" and I was like, "OK, so long as I stay alive this time."

He added of his many screen roles: 'I’ve played a lot of baddies, they were great but they weren’t very fulfilling — and I always died.'


Fans of the star need not be concerned when they sit down to watch his upcoming BBC World War II drama World On Fire, as his character Douglas Bennett survives.
 
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-7479843/Sean-Bean-turning-roles-characters-die-killed-onscreen-21-times.html



Sean Bean on becoming a war heroturned conscientious objector in BBC drama

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The actor, 60, leads a glittering cast including Lesley Manville, Helen Hunt and Blake Harrison in the BBC’s new Sunday night wartime epic, World On Fire. Sean plays Douglas Bennett whose beautiful factory worker and jazz singer daughter Lois (Julia Brown) joins the Entertainments National Service Association and finds herself embroiled in a messy love triangle with a translator-turned-spy. Douglas has survived the horror of the First World War, but carries the scars of a mustard gas attack and battles PTSD, known then as shell shock.
After so many roles as a swashbuckling hero, Sean enjoyed the change of pace.

But he had one major caveat before he would sign up to do the show – he wanted writer Peter Bowker to guarantee his character would not die in series one.

During his long career, Sean has filmed some fantastic death scenes.

In GoldenEye he was splattered on a satellite dish, he was shot through the neck with a grappling hook in The Island, peppered with arrows in The Lord Of The Rings, and decapitated by his own sword in Game Of Thrones. Even in The Field he was trampled off a cliff by a herd of rampaging cows.

Sean laughs: “I had to check. I just said, what’s his story? Is he still around at the end? It is a bit of a joke but all those deaths were not in vain! They all meant something!

“But I did fall into that a little bit because the parts were interesting… they were all meaty, juicy roles and everybody likes to play a baddie and a villain, but I realised I was dying in everything and I just wanted to break out and survive!”

 He continues: “I quite like that. Douglas is a strong man and he came back from war in pieces.

“He’s fractured, disturbed, damaged and it was interesting to portray a man who suffered so much psychological damage and physically too.”

Playing such a disturbed character did not come easily and Sean had to dredge up his own devastating experiences for the saddest scenes.

He says: “I try to find things in my life that were traumatic experiences. Without doing that you can’t really imagine how it must feel. It’s a personal pride thing, you have to dredge that up and it’s not always a pleasant experience
but it’s necessary to portray someone like Douglas truthfully.”

Sean based Douglas on his grandfather Harold who served in the Royal Navy during the Second World War and came home a pacifist communist. Sean reveals: “My character is a conscientious objector and he doesn’t feel it’s a justifiable war in any sense. He thinks there should be diplomacy and dialogue, he doesn’t have the benefit of hindsight, he doesn’t know what is to come but he does know what happened to his life after the First World War. Why did they die in their hundreds and thousands? What were they fighting for? They were cannon fodder. Young men died or were killed and many came back broken and it was horrific and unnecessary. Douglas remembers men having their brains blown out and bloodshed. He’s suffering and he’s suffering greatly.”

Sean remembers his own grandfather Harold going through similar torment.

He continues: “My grandad was like that. He was a pacifist after his experiences in the war. My grandfather served in the Royal Navy and was sent up to Murmansk in north Russia near the Arctic for many years.

“I’ve got pictures of him and photographs and it affected him and he came back a shaken man. He got his mojo back in the years after but you could see it had an impact. It’s a long legacy.” The Second World War might have ended 15 years before Sean was born but it still loomed large in his childhood. He explained: “My mum and dad were kids up in Sheffield and they lived very close to the steel works. The steel industry was a target on occasions and they tell stories about gas masks and sirens and having to run and rationing.

“As kids we used to play in bomb craters, old buildings with walls missing. They’d be standing but one side would be missing and you could see all the different wallpapers in different houses in the rubble.”

Sean also drew on his experience of meeting real serving soldiers in the past during his time filming 19th century Peninsular War drama Sharpe in the Nineties.

He said: “When we did Sharpe there was a scene when there was an award for damaged soldiers in the Peninsular War. They had missing limbs and legs and they were men who had fought in the Falklands war and they were gracious enough to be involved in our series.

“Talking to them it wasn’t so much the physical side, as the mental side that affected them after the Falkland Islands. I think there have now been more who committed suicide than actually killed in battle themselves.”

World On Fire appealed to Sean partly because of its huge scale and great cast – but most importantly he was drawn by the quality of The A Word writer Peter Bowker’s storytelling.

Sean says: “It’s the Second World War which I think is always interesting and the fact that Peter is involved, and the BBC – but especially the writing. I spoke to Peter on a few occasions and he filled me in on how this wasn’t really a retelling of the war and the machines, the artillery, the infantry.

“It was a personal story of people coming together in the most extraordinary of circumstances, a very intimate portrayal of men and women whose lives changed dramatically – not just a few lives, everyone in the world. That is quite an extraordinary occurrence. This has left a big impression on me because I remember the characters and how difficult it was for people.”

One of the most compelling relationships in the show is between Sean’s character Douglas and Lesley’s character Robina Chase, whose son Harry is dating Douglas’s daughter. In fact, the pair have such chemistry that writer Peter penned extra scenes for them, realising they were stealing the show.
Sean smiles: “I hadn’t worked with Lesley before but I’d always been a big fan of hers. I watched her in Grown Ups with Mike Leigh many years ago which was fantastic and in every scene she always gives a good account of herself.

“She’s a brilliant actress and it’s been really very nice to work with Lesley. It’s an interesting throwing together of two characters who are basically very, very different.

“Douglas is a working-class, Left-wing pacifist, Robina is a gentrified lady of the manor who is very stuck in her ways and politics and has Right-wing views. But as the war unfolds, we soften our stances because we have to. At first we don’t get on, but my daughter is going out with her son and, in that funny way, they do have something in common because they’re so forthright in their beliefs. You don’t find many people like that. By the end they have quite a lot in common.”

As well as World On Fire, Sean has just wrapped several other projects. So what’s next? He groans: “I’m having a bit of time off! I’ve been working non-stop back to back for a few years so I’m enjoying my garden!”
https://newslanes.com/2019/09/18/sean-bean-on-becoming-a-war-hero-turned-conscientious-objector-in-bbc-drama/

https://www.express.co.uk/showbiz/tv-radio/1179714/sean-bean-film-bbc-world-on-fire



Sean Bean demanded that he didn’t die in WWII drama World On Fire
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Sean Bean made sure that his character survived before joining World Of Fire. The actor is known for a weird quirk in his roles where the character he is playing ends up biting the dust. Ned Stark in Game Of Thrones, Boromir in Lord Of The Rings, Alec Trevelyan in Goldeneye and Ulric in Black Death are just some of the ways Sean has bitten the dust on screen. It’s something the 60-year-old is well aware of, so before deciding to play Douglas Bennett he only had one question for the show’s creator Peter Bowker. He told press at the show’s launch: ‘It was a telephone conversation and I said, “I don’t die in this one, do I?” and he said, “No, no you’ll be fine. You’re alright.”‘ So now he knows Douglas makes it out alright (this series anyway!), he’s well up for coming back for more episodes if they get the green light.
Sean said: ‘It’s something that’s just unfolding at the moment and all doors are left open.
 There’s a lot more story to tell. I’m certainly interested because I want to know what happens to me children. There’s a lot of good potential to come.’ Bowker backed up the star’s comments, revealing: ‘I’d seen him in Broken and I thought, I bet we can get Sean to do this role, because you can see where actors are moving.
 
https://metro.co.uk/2019/09/19/sean-bean-demanded-that-he-didnt-die-in-wwii-drama-world-on-fire-10767425/



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World On Fire stars Blake Harrison and Parker Sawyers are avoiding social media reaction to their new drama. The actors are going to try and avoid reading the hashtag when World On Fire airs later this month. Harrison, likely speaking from experience when fans reacted badly to the Inbetweeners 10th anniversary event Fwends Reunited, said negative feedback online can take you to ‘bad mental places’. Speaking to press at the World On Fire launch, he said: ‘ think this will be one of those things that trends or something like that. It’s a terrible idea to click on it and just swipe through.
 
https://metro.co.uk/2019/09/19/world-on-fire-cast-blake-harrison-and-parker-sawyers-on-social-medias-dark-side-it-takes-you-to-bad-mental-places-10766736/


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#WorldOnFire comes to @BBCOne on 29th September at 9pm. What would you fight for
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Will #SeanBean finally survive a series without being killed off? The #GameOfThrone stars appears in @BBCOne's blockbusting new Sunday night drama #worldonfire and it sounds like a corker, real acting departure too. Must-read interview by @Jen_Pharo in @Daily_Express today.

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