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« Reply #80 on: September 03, 2019, 06:27:43 AM »
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.


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

"World On Fire" BFI Premiere

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

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.

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

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

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.

#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!

One does not simply interview Sean Bean.

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

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.

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« Reply #81 on: September 04, 2019, 03:11:50 AM »

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 🎬

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

Love. Freedom. Family. What would you fight for? #WorldOnFire

TVNOW shows the epic BBC drama series "World on Fire" with Helen Hunt and Sean Bean in a German premiere on 29 September
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.

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« Reply #82 on: September 05, 2019, 12:05:12 AM »
BBC drama World on Fire to rely upon subtitles
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…

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« Reply #83 on: September 06, 2019, 11:40:49 AM »
Release Dates
UK    29 September 2019

The Crown to His Dark Materials, the best TV dramas this autumn
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.

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« Reply #84 on: September 09, 2019, 04:03:32 AM »
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

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
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.”

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« Reply #86 on: September 13, 2019, 02:25:25 PM »

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
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.

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

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 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

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
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.”

World on Fire—a war drama about people, not patriotism
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

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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 “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.”

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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

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.

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

#WorldOnFire starts Sunday 29th September at 9pm on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

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
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.


See new @BBCOne drama #WorldonFire before anyone else at an exclusive screening @ManCathedral next week, on Weds 25 Sep.
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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
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.

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

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!”

Sean Bean demanded that he didn’t die in WWII drama World On Fire
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.

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.

#WorldOnFire comes to @BBCOne on 29th September at 9pm. What would you fight for

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.

Sean Bean blasts Tony Blair ahead of starring in epic new war drama on BBC1
The actor is critical of the former Prime Minister's role in the Middle East
When talking about his character in his epic new drama about the Second World War, Sean Bean praises the people who fought that battle – but the veteran actor is anti the more recent conflict in the Middle East .

‘We all got behind our countries to fight Hitler ,’ he says.
‘But there haven’t been many wars that have been worth fighting for, including the Middle East.

‘It was all based on lies. Tony Blair , in my opinion, should be held to account.’

But whatever your own view, World on Fire is a powerful portrayal of the human cost of conflict.

To describe this sweeping new drama as ‘epic’ is something of an understatement.

World on Fire is set in the Second World War , but the cinematic scale of the production belies the intimacy of the very human stories about people across Europe – from Manchester to Warsaw, Paris to Berlin.

These are the intimate, interlinked tales of their everyday lives, loves and losses.

And Sean is more than impressed with the result.

‘It’s not focussed on history and the leaders, the likes of Mussolini , Hitler and Churchill ,’ he explains.

‘It’s more the effects on normal people who are caught up in the war.

'How the writer, Peter Bowker, has done that is brilliant.’

Sean plays Douglas, a Manchester bus conductor.

He’s a pacifist and conscientious objector, having suffered terrible shellshock in the First World War .

‘He’s one of those strong men who went off to war and came back mentally disturbed because of what they witnessed – like their mate next to them getting their head blasted off,’ says Sean.

‘Of course that would traumatise you. So Douglas’s attitude is, “Don’t let’s do this again” because there will be more horror and brutality to come.

‘My Grandad served in the Navy in the Second World War and was up in Murmansk at the top of Russia, in Arctic conditions.

Apparently when he came back he was shaky and on edge, drinking a lot.

'It took him time to find his confidence again.’

Douglas is a widower with two children – ne’er do well Tom and gutsy Lois, who is a factory worker with singing aspirations.

It’s through Lois and her boyfriend Harry that the drama opens up across Europe, as he goes to Warsaw as a dipl

World on Fire, the new Second World War TV drama that doesn’t take sides
Screenwriter Peter Bowker tells Andrew Billen why the drama looks at the war through British, German, French, Polish and American eyes

All together now. “I have to tell you now that no such undertaking has been received . . .” Do nine out of ten British dramas about the Second World War feature a family listening to Neville Chamberlain’s announcement of war on September 3, 1939 — or is it rather more than that?

I have to tell you now, there is just such a scene in World on Fire, the Sunday-night wartime drama beginning this month on BBC One. The difference is that in this show there is a heated family discussion about boyfriends raging in the kitchen at the same time.

“That was absolutely deliberate,” says Peter Bowker, the writer of Eric and Ernie, Marvellous, The A Word and this seven-parter, designed eventually…
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Airdate: World on Fire 
Big budget drama World on Fire is coming to BBC First in October.

 Sunday, October 13 at 8.30pm on BBC First.

Game of Thrones' Sean Bean has turned down other roles where his character died

Sean is back on telly playing an army veteran with PTSD in the BBC's World on Fire where his character presumably lives – since he told Digital Spy and others that he's "turned stuff down" where he'd be killed off.
"I found it rather more interesting to play someone who is fractured and slightly broken by his experiences and trying to put on a front for his children and try and hold the family together," Bean explained.

"He's playing a character upon a character with many underlying conflicting moods and feelings about how he should be as a father and how he views the world. He's a quieter man.

"He's broken and he's just trying to hold on. It's very poignant and very fulfilling to play someone that's not a hero, big and strong, but a man who's hanging on and is afraid. Playing someone who's not necessarily a hero or a villain, but someone who has been affected by war, which is a story in itself.
"And finding out the physical and psychological damage that caused and how that manifests itself in his body language and habits."

This experience of finding deeper layers in World on Fire is something Bean admits he missed with leaving Game of Thrones after just one season.

The hidden casualties of war: Sean Bean's epic new drama World On Fire follows the first year of the Second World War through the intertwining loves, losses, sacrifices and traumas of ordinary people

The Nazi invasion of Poland, the fall of Paris, Dunkirk, the Battle of Britain – all cataclysmic events at the start of the Second World War that affected millions of people and would shape the next five brutal years of bloodshed.

Now BBC1's explosive new series World On Fire – the most ambitious war drama ever made for TV, chronicling that tumultuous first year of the conflict – covers them all, and more, on the grandest of scales.

Writer and creator Peter Bowker's seven-part series not only boasts some of the most stunning set-piece scenes ever attempted on the small screen, it features more than 100 speaking parts, involves thousands of extras for scenes filmed in four countries and required a staggering 80 make-up artists to convey the horror of that year.

'It's one of the biggest television projects ever made anywhere in the world,' says series producer Chris Clough. 

'It's so global that when I first read the scripts I thought it was madness.'

The Dunkirk evacuation of 1940, for example, when more than 330,000 Allied troops escaped from France, required 600 cast and crew plus dozens of period trucks, tractors, ambulances and cars.

Acres of sand on the beach at Lytham St Annes in Lancashire were covered in discarded boots, helmets, ration tins, boxes of ammunition, mortar bombs and tattered uniforms

At the centre of the choreographed chaos was a full-sized replica of an RAF Spitfire, partly buried and with its propeller bent and twisted.

But World On Fire also gives a very personal take on the war, with the tale unfolding through the intertwining fates of a few ordinary people from Britain, Poland, France, Germany and the US.
There's the Rossler family in Germany who risk losing both of their children, their epileptic daughter Hilda to Nazi ethnic cleansing and their soldier son Klaus to an Allied bullet.

In Poland there's the Tomaszeskis, waitress Kasia and her brother Grzegorz, who goes with his father to defend the town of Danzig as the Germans approach.

American journalist Nancy Campbell is in Berlin, trying to broadcast stories the Nazis want to suppress, while at the American Hospital in Paris her nephew Webster, a surgeon, and French nurse Henriette are hatching a plan to smuggle patients out as the city falls.

But the action starts in England in March 1939, when Harry Chase (Howards End's Jonah Hauer-King) and his girlfriend Lois (Shetland's Julia Brown) attend a fascist rally in Manchester, which they disrupt by singing, 'Bye-bye blackshirts!' at full volume.

A fight ensues and they both end up in the police station, though there are far bigger battles to come.

The action moves on to August 1939, with Harry installed as a translator in Warsaw. 'Harry goes from working at the British Embassy in Warsaw just before the Nazi invasion of Poland, to a soldier fighting the Germans as they advance across Europe,' says Jonah.

'He also has a complicated private life. He has his first love Lois back in Manchester, but he's also smitten with Kasia, a waitress he meets in Warsaw.'

There's another woman in Harry's life too, his mother Robina, played by Oscar-nominated Mum star Lesley Manville.

'There's something quite frozen about her at the beginning of the series,' says Lesley. 'She's emotionally repressed.' Gradually, however, she changes.

'She melts a bit and comes to a level of understanding about herself and how she's conducted her life.'

That's partly due to the arrival from Warsaw of Jan, Kasia's younger brother. 'Kasia smuggles Jan aboard a train out of Poland, and Robina looks after the boy when he arrives in England,' explains Lesley.

'Initially she's aghast – why would her son Harry think she could look after a strange child who doesn't speak her language? But Jan becomes a sort of challenge for her, and she goes on a journey of discovery in which she learns how to be a mother.

Robina's transformation is helped by her friendship with Douglas Bennett (played by Sean Bean), Lois's father. A bus conductor, Douglas was the victim of a mustard gas attack in the trenches of the First World War.

As a result, he's become a conscientious objector. 'He suffers from shell shock and is appalled by Britain going to war again,' explains Sean.

'He doesn't believe in conflict, he thinks there should be negotiation.'

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Thank you Patch for sharing all this info on SEAN'S NEW TV SHOW. It sounds REALLY INTERESTING, and it should be a GREAT ROLE for SEAN !!! He's

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Dan Jones Scoring BBC’s ‘World on Fire’
Dan Jones (On Chesil Beach, Shadow of the Empire, Any Human Heart, Lady Macbeth, The Miniaturist) has composed the original music for the new BBC One drama World on Fire.

Peter Bowker on World on Fire, The Emmys, Amina Atiq, New poetry releases

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Sean Bean plays a traumatised war veteran in major new BBC drama World on Fire - we talk to the Sheffield-born star
Sean Bean has an unlucky track record when it comes to the fate of his characters on screen. From Ned Stark in Game Of Thrones to Boromir in Lord Of The Rings and Alec Trevelyan in GoldenEye, the Sheffield-born actor is famed for roles which end in an untimely death.

So, it’s understandable that for his latest show, World On Fire, he was keen to check with the writer – Bafta-winning Peter Bowker – that he would survive the first series.
“I think I did have a telephone conversation; ‘I don’t die, do I?’,” the 60-year-old recalls with a light chuckle.
“And they said, ‘No, no, no, you’re all right!’”
In the seven-part BBC One war drama, Bean plays Born in the Handsworth area of Sheffield, few actors have stayed as true to their roots as he has and his distinctive accent has starred in some of the most popular movies and television shows of the last 25 years.

Bean joined his father’s firm as a welder before starting a drama course, getting a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1981 from where he graduated two years later. The ardent Sheffield United fan rose to prominence with parts such as Mellors in the 1993 TV mini-series Lady Chatterley’s Lover and the eponymous hero Richard Sharpe in the TV adaptation of Bernard Cornwell’s bestselling books set during the Napoleonic Wars – with the latter show making him a household name.
 He says his latest role in the seven-part BBC One war drama as working-class man Douglas Bennett is unlike any character he’s played in the past. Now a bus conductor living in Manchester with his two grown-up kids, Douglas witnessed a lot of horror and bloodshed during the First World War. As a result, when the Second World War begins, he is “a conscientious objector, a pacifist”.
He is also, Bean suggests, “a man who was suffering really psychologically from the past, trying to keep a hold on his life”.
“These flashbacks come upon him, these memories, these horrible nightmares that he just can’t get out of his head, and he’s trying to deal with it himself, on his own really, as many men did after the First World War,” he elaborates.

They didn’t get help from hospitals or societies or the government; they were very much seen as weaklings or men who were shirking or trying to dodge things. But they were actually men who were so shocked and so damaged that they weren’t pretending.”
His voice soft and quiet, the gentle star adds: “Today it would be mental illness; it’s well documented and it’s addressed. But then, they just thought you were weak, you weren’t strong, you weren’t a man. He is a man, and he was a strong man, until he went through this and he’s kind of broken.”
The emotive series, which was partly filmed in Yorkshire at the Braime Pressings factory in Leeds, looks at
 how the first year of the war affected several different ordinary people in various countries – Britain, Poland, France, Germany and the United States.
 Other intertwining stories we follow include that of Douglas’ children, Lois (played by Julia Brown) and Tom (Ewan Mitchell).
“He was a loving father, loving husband,” notes Bean, who married his fifth wife in 2017, and has three children from his previous marriages.
“The war threw that everywhere; his wife died soon after and he was kind of living it with it on his own. He wasn’t getting any help and he’s going through these emotions, trying to get these horrific experiences.
“He has to live with them for the rest of his life.
 What research did he do for the part?
“Well, I read up about it and I watched documentaries. But I suppose I’ve always had an interest in it, the First and Second World War.

“I’ve played a lot of soldiers over the years and I’ve talked to a lot of people involved especially in the Falklands.
“In the series Sharpe, I remember we had men from the Falklands who had lost legs and we used them for a scene we shot in the hospital in Greenwich, in the Peninsular War.
“That was over a period of time, and we were chatting.
“There were experiences that had been told to me by those guys and so it was a matter of just dredging those stories back up again, a bit of talking to the directors and writers and a bit of research.

“It’s a very personal thing, because it’s how you portray it and how you try to show the damage that has been done.
“So it’s a matter of choice of how far you go and how your body reacts and how your body follows your brain to demonstrate in your acting.”
Bean, whose other recent TV roles include Broken, Medici and Curfew, admits the filming process for World On Fire was particularly intense.
“It wasn’t where you went to work and said, ‘Hi’ with other characters,” he says, imitating a cheerful voice. “It was a man who was kind of trapped in his house, in his kitchen with his family, and he’s claustrophobic and it was intense, and he was putting on this front. He was trying to be all right for his kids – he was really falling apart inside.
“That was very interesting to play. Not necessarily enjoyable, but fascinating to explore.”
As well as Bean, other big names on the cast list include Hollywood star Helen Hunt and Oscar-nominee Lesley Manville.
“Douglas and Robina [Lesley’s character] struck up quite a friendship. [They’re] from totally different backgrounds and walks of life – he’s a working class bus conductor who’s served in the First World War, she’s a rather posh, gentrified lady of the manner. Because of the relationship between my daughter and her son, we’re thrown together and that’s quite a fascinating relationship.”
Discussing the appeal of the project, Bean affirms he was really pleased with how the story deals with people from different countries, walks of life and classes.
“It just gives it a bigger feel, in Warsaw, in Berlin in the snow, in Paris... All these people come together in the unlikeliest of circumstances.
“I suppose it’s the first time that all the European people have become so close,
because of this common enemy, and had to be thrown together, and how well we all seem to like each other. Now, we don’t!”
The BBC are promising viewers “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”.
When it comes to reprising the role of Douglas in the future, (the plan is to do a different series for each year of the war), it’s definitely something that Bean would be up for.
“It’s such a good series,” he gushes. “It’s something that’s just unfolding at the moment, and all doors are left open. There’s a lot more story to tell.”

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An interview with Sean Bean


Sean Bean plays Douglas Bennett in World On Fire.

Describe the character of Douglas - what it was about him that drew you to the script?
Douglas was involved in the First World War and was so mentally damaged by shell shock that it has an influence on how he viewed everything to do with the Second World War. He doesn’t believe in war as a means of achieving objectives. He thinks there should be negotiation and people should be trying to communicate.

At this point, no one is aware of the impact that this second war is going to make on the world but from his experience of the First World War he always wondered what it was all for. The people who fought were cannon fodder with no real understanding of why they were fighting. For Douglas it was a futile war, that left him mentally scarred and suffering from flashbacks, anxiety, insecurity and a slight leaning towards madness.

Where does Douglas fit into the Bennett family set-up?
The Bennett family consists of Douglas, son Tom and daughter Lois. Lois is the backbone of the family and is a strong-willed woman. She runs the everyday life of the family, leaving Tom and Douglas to just sit about the kitchen and wait for her to make cups of tea and feed them.

They’re working-class men and are very down to earth. Douglas’ wife died years ago so he’s brought the children up somewhat on his own. He’s been trying to keep it together but he’s weak and he’s depressed from the First World War and he’s nervous and unsure about the future. It’s difficult for him to relate to his children at times and it’s difficult for them to know how to treat him without robbing him of his dignity or his independence.

Tell us about the relationship that develops between Douglas and Robina.
Douglas and Robina meet purely because of Harry and Lois’ relationship. It’s a very unlikely relationship, a working-class bus driver and a very gentrified lady of the manor as it were. They’re thrown together because of their children’s relationship. It's quite an interesting friendship that emerges between them. Some people are thrown together who would never otherwise meet, but Robina recognises that Douglas is an intelligent man and has a warmth of personality that she finds both alien and interesting to her.

Explain how Douglas and Jan are thrown together, and how that friendship develops?
A big element in the relationship between the Chase family members and the Bennett family is the young Polish refugee Jan, whom Harry brings home from war. Jan is being brought up by Robina, and Douglas gets to know Jan well and becomes really fond of him. He befriends Jan and plays football with him; he shows him some fatherly love. Douglas sees him as another son and I think Jan sees Douglas as a surrogate father figure. They form a really interesting and quite touching relationship.

How does he feel when his son and daughter both head off to service the war in their different ways?
As a pacifist, Douglas has to watch his daughter Lois go off to join the entertainment corps ENSA, and then sees Tom join the navy and go to war on the HMS Exeter. This terrifies Douglas, yet when Tom returns on leave he wants Douglas to sanction him becoming an objector and essentially going AWOL - but no matter what he is, Douglas is not a coward and doesn’t give his blessing to Tom.

He’s a man of morals and he knows what this would mean for the pacifist organization that he belongs to, but more importantly what it could mean for his son if he is caught. He could be court marshalled and disgraced and he doesn’t want that for Tom. Tom is many things, and headstrong, but to live his life as a cowardly criminal or be executed is not what Douglas’ wants for Tom, so the only way out of that situation is to encourage him to go back to war and possibly certain death. It weighs heavy on Douglas.

Describe the scale of this show.
It’s an amazing production that I became engrossed in as soon as I read it the scripts. In some ways it’s like a completely captivating novel and every individual seemed to be portrayed as unique. They all have their particular ambitions, dreams and jobs before the war starts and then their fears and dread as events unfold are the same across all the countries we show. They are all coming to terms with the changes that are happening in their lives and realise that, for some of them, ridicule, intimidation and persecution are coming down the line because of their beliefs and simply for being who they are.

Do you have any personal memories of family members who were alive during the war?
My mother and father were born just before the war started in the 1930s. They used to tell me stories about how they used to wear the gas masks. My auntie and uncle had an Anderson shelter in their shed (that’s still there today) that we used to play in it when we were little. It was very flimsy as bomb shelters go and I’ll always remember those moments. They were storytellers and there was a lot of humour and funny stories to be told of those times.

Is this a period in history that you are particularly interested and did you conduct any research to prepare you for the part?
I did a fair bit of research for the part but it’s something I’ve always been quite interested in as an area of history. The Second World War fascinates me, but it was the reparations that were set in place following the end of the First World War that heralded the introduction of Hitler. I’ve always been interested in how people like Douglas Bennett were shunned within that community. They were ostracised which must have been very, very difficult. You’re going totally against the propaganda and the general feeling of the country by actually standing up and saying, I’m a pacifist. That’s an incredibly hard and brave thing to do and you suffer for it.

How do we see Douglas being affected by his beliefs?
Imagine being in a closed-knit community and people turn their back on you. Shopkeepers don't want to serve you in shops and shout at you in the street and call you this and that. I would imagine you have to be pretty determined and principled to stick to your beliefs in the face of popular opinion. So that was interesting and just the fact that Douglas is physically and mentally not very well wasn’t really understood, certainly not in the wake of the First World War - shellshock was just frowned upon.

Today’s soldiers have a diagnosis now in PTSD and we can see how it works on the brain and how these people suffered in silence. It’s a difficult one. It’s a difficult illness to talk about, especially during the Second World War, so for Douglas to actually stand up and say, I don't believe in it [the war], was a really, big and brave statement.

An interview with Lesley Manville
Describe Robina’s relationship with Lois’ dad Douglas?
Robina’s relationship with Douglas is at first a necessity because of the relationship between Harry and Douglas’ daughter, Lois. She thinks she can handle Douglas easily because he is a bus driver, but he disarms her with his candour and honesty. Given everything that’s happening in Robina’s world she actually opens up to Douglas and realises that he’s an intelligent man. She can see he has a tenderness and warmth that she envies in some way so we see this unusual friendship begin to develop.

Apart from when she’s with Harry we never see Robina with her own people, so it was quite tricky to get that right because there were no other upper-class characters to bounce off. But then one of the directors (Andy Wilson) gave me a great note which is that Robina is naturally upper-class because it’s in her DNA, so she would never think about how should she behave with a bus driver - she would just be Robina.

An interview with Ewan Mitchell
What's it like to have Sean Bean play your father?
It was such an honour and an absolute privilege to have someone as talented as Sean Bean to learn from and work with during our scenes. He is an incredible actor, with such understanding of the nuances of Peter’s scripts.

Two women fighting to broadcast the truth, and to be independent. It’s 1939 and the game just got bigger.
#WorldOnFire starts Sunday at 9pm on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

World On Fire – The DVDfever Preview – BBC drama
World On Fire shows that like all sailors, Harry Chase (Jonah Hauer-King) wants a girl in every port, since he has Lois (Julia Brown) back home in Manchester, but also a Polish lover in Kasia (Zofia Wichlacz). Oh, what a tangled web we weave! That said, Harry is such a wet blanket that it’s amazing he managed to pull one woman, never mind two! And you can see that from the trailer below.

It’s the start of World War II and in this first episode, the Germans are invading Poland.

And a full review of the first episode will go online at 10pm on Sunday.

World On Fire begins on BBC1 on Sunday at 9pm. It’s is available to pre-order on DVD, ahead of its release on November 25th.

After broadcast, each episode will be on the BBC iPlayer for 30 days after transmission.

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Douglas Bennett  Played by Sean Bean

Douglas Bennett is a pacifist who was mustard-gassed in the First World War. He watches as his son and daughter go off to war, despite the fact that he is a pacifist.
With both children away, he finds solace in unlikely friendships - with Harry Chase’s mother Robina, and the young Polish refugee she has reluctantly taken into her home. Douglas' worst fear looks set to become reality when his son Tom finds himself aboard HMS Exeter, a ship which eventually faces German ship the Graf Spee in one of the first major battles of the war.
Desperate for news of Tom, the uncertainty of his son’s wellbeing and the haunting horrors of his own experience of battle look set to overwhelm him, until unexpected news from his daughter Lois gives him renewed hope for the future.

Great to see you all on @BBCBreakfast this morning after a great night last night.
(yet another!) epic @BBCOne drama. Everyone’s in for a treat on Sunday!
Big thanks to you & the rest of the cast for a Q&A after the episode and of course @HollyHNews for hosting it!#WorldOnFire

Was able to watch that segment on BBC Breakfast and it had a clip with a scene of Sean in action as bus conductor.

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World On Fire
 - premieres on German streaming service TVnow on Sun Sep 29, 2019
 - premieres on Fox in Australia on Sun Oct 13, 2019

When lives were plunged into chaos: Sean Bean on portraying a man with PTSD
Sean Bean is one of the stars of a new series set at the start of the Second World War, writes Georgia Humphreys.
 In the seven-part BBC One war drama, Bean plays working-class man Douglas Bennett. Now a bus conductor living in Manchester with his two grown-up kids, Douglas witnessed a lot of horror and bloodshed during the First World War. As a result, when World War Two begins, he is a conscientious objector.
He is also, Bean suggests, a man who was suffering from the past.
“Today it would be mental illness; it’s well documented and it’s addressed. But then, they just thought you were weak, you weren’t strong, you weren’t a man.”
“He is a man, and he was a strong man, until he went through this and he’s kind of broken.”
“He was a loving father, loving husband,” notes Bean, who married his fifth wife in 2017, and has three children from his previous marriages.
“The war threw that everywhere; his wife died soon after and he was kind of living it with it on his own. He wasn’t getting any help and he’s going through these emotions, trying to get these horrific experiences.... He has to live with them for the rest of his life.”
What research did he do for the part?
“Well, I read up about it and I watched documentaries. But I suppose I’ve always had an interest in it, the First and Second World War. I’ve played a lot of soldiers over the years and I’ve talked to a lot of people involved especially in the Falklands
“In the series Sharpe, I remember we had men from the Falklands who had lost legs and we used them for a scene we shot in the hospital in Greenwich, in the Peninsular War. That was over a period of time, and we were chatting.
“There were experiences that had been told to me by those guys and so it was a matter of just dredging those stories back up again, a bit of talking to the directors and writers and a bit of research.
“It’s a very personal thing, because it’s how you portray it and how you try to show the damage that has been done. So it’s a matter of choice of how far you go and how your body reacts and how your body follows your brain to demonstrate in your acting.”

He’s got a girl back home in Manchester, but he’s fallen for someone else in Warsaw.
In 1939, when any day could be your last, what and who is worth fighting for? #WorldOnFire starts Sunday, 9pm, BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

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10 things we found out about World On Fire

  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.

Sunday 29 September, 9pm, BBC One HD (CH 101/108). Also available for 30 days in Catch Up > Channels > BBC iPlayer

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.”

“It was a relief that, lo and behold, I could still write about the tos and fros of family arguments within the context of the Second World War”, he adds. The characters are just ordinary people who are incredibly relatable. That’s why World On Fire is not your typical war drama – it’s way, way better.

Fire starter

World on Fire aspires to be the definitive Second World War drama. DQ reveals how writer Peter Bowker has taken the global conflict and reduced it to a domestic level, weaving an emotionally tangled web of multi-national characters whose ordinary lives intersect through love, hope and tragedy.

“It sounds more complicated than it is,” explains writer Peter Bowker when he recalls the plot of his latest series, World on Fire. Described as an adrenaline-filled, emotionally gripping and resonant drama set during the first year of the Second World War, it follows the intertwining fates of ordinary people as they grapple with the effect of the war on their everyday lives.

But what makes the show stand out from other wartime dramas, such as HBO’s celebrated miniseries Band of Brothers, is the way it watches the conflict unfold from a multi-national perspective. Polish, French, German, American and British characters are at the heart of the seven-part series, as it charts the experiences of individuals and families facing the fall-out from war.

Bowker says it had never occurred to him to write a period piece about the consequences of military action, despite having penned Iraq War drama Occupation (2009). Yet when Mammoth Screen MD Damien Timmer asked him whether a Second World War drama could ever match the scale and emotional intensity of iconic documentary series World at War, an idea was planted that the writer couldn’t shake. “I turned him down a couple of times but the idea wouldn’t go away, and that’s usually a good clue that you should be writing it,” he says.

Confined to filming most of her scenes in Manchester and nearby Wigan, Manville plays Harry’s mother Robina, an upper-middle-class woman she describes as frosty, private and cold. Still angry at her husband’s suicide, she mellows as the drama moves forward, particularly when Harry returns with a young Polish boy who she takes into her home.

“What was really lovely to play about this character was that it’s not a complete metamorphosis, but in her own quiet way she goes on a little voyage of discovery,” the actor says. “She finds true feelings for this boy and comes to care for him deeply.

 “She lives in this huge pile of a house, alone and doesn’t seem to have much of a life or friends. In some ways, cold as she is, deep down she’s had this desire for something to make her feel and be warm and understand things. That’s what happens. And she’s got some very dry, funny lines as well. Peter has written some choice bits of dialogue for her. It’s upmarket Hyacinth Bucket [the snobbish lead character in UK sitcom Keeping Up Appearances], in terms of the comedy. It’s not ‘ba-boom’ but it’s very dry and witty. It’s lovely. Some of the later scenes with her son are quite powerful and potent.”

Later in the series, Robina discovers Lois is pregnant with Harry’s child, while he ends up marrying Kasia to rescue her from the war. “There’s a great line from Robina,” Manville reveals. “‘If I’d know he was going to marry a Polish waitress I would have seen you [Lois] as more of a prospect.’ That’s her in a nutshell.”

Harry’s relationship with Lois also fosters a blossoming friendship with Robina and Bean’s Douglas, who Manville admits are an odd couple. “What is lovely about it is these two characters, were it not for the war and the situation of her son impregnating his daughter, they’re an unlikely match,” she says. “He’s a bus conductor and she’s a wealthy upper-middle-class woman who doesn’t work. But they certainly develop this friendship that’s really rather tender. She starts to see that underneath all the layers of class, there are people who are human beings who you can have the same conversation with. They just sound different.”

Like Robina, Douglas is a single parent, having been left along with children Lois and Tom after their mother left home. He’s also still struggling to come to terms with his experiences during the First World War. “He’s a beaten man in some ways,” says Bean. “You can still see the strong character that he once was, but he’s been battered down and demoralised by the bloodshed and the horror that he saw out there. He’s not on his own either. There were many who were seen in that way and were treated as if there was something wrong with them. They didn’t really recognise shell shock, which has such a devastating impact on so many men.”
This means that on the brink of the Second World War, working-class Douglas is a conscientious objector – a position that leaves him open to criticism from his friends and neighbours.

“He’s chosen a very hard war to be a conscientious objector in because on the surface it was quite cut and dried,” Bean explains. “He’s very brave to have done that. He gets a hard time from everyone really and when he would go out to get food, people would turn their back on him. It was a very lonely life for him and he’s just trying to do his best. He’s trying to bring his kids up the best he can and he’s still suffering, psychologically and mentally. Then he meets a woman who’s got quite a lot of money. That brings Douglas out of himself and it helps Robina as well because they’re totally different.”

During filming, many of his scenes were emotionally intense, and viewers will see Douglas fall apart when he’s left on his own. But Bean also got to spend a lot of time in a kitchen, next to a fire, having cups of tea and reading the paper, “which was great,” he jokes.

Bowker adds: “What I’m particularly interested in is informing the universal, not establishing the universal and coming down. Sean’s found me out really because all I’ve done is reduce the world to a kitchen.”

Chinese Streamer Huanxi Premium Acquires BBC Miniseries 'World on Fire' (Exclusive)
The pickup of the Helen Hunt-starring period drama is part of Huanxi's expansion plans for 2020, which also include launching a documentary streaming channel and releasing two tentpole films during Chinese New Year.

Huanxi Premium, the startup streaming service targeting China's prestige video consumers, has acquired the exclusive local rights to World on Fire, the upcoming WWII period series from the BBC.

The streamer plans to launch the show in early 2020, supporting the release with a major marketing campaign in upscale urban centers across China.

Created and written by Peter Bowker, World on Fire stars Oscar winner Helen Hunt (As Good As It Gets, Cast Away), BAFTA-winner Sean Bean (Game of Thrones) and Oscar nominee Lesley Manville (Phantom Thread, Maleficent). Described as a "heart-stopping, multi-stranded drama," the seven-episode mini-series tells the story of the vertiginous early days of World War II through the lives of ordinary people on all sides of the conflict.

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Action hero Sean Bean took his co-stars out for a steak ­dinner in a bonding session
before filming BBC1 series World On Fire.

The Second World War epic promises to be the new Sunday night obsession when it starts tonight.

Rising star Julia Brown – who plays Sean’s on-screen daughter – said: “Working with someone you have ­idolised before was incredible but getting to know him as a person was fantastic and amazing.

“Before we started filming they sent us out on a dinner together as a family in Manchester so we had time to discuss our characters and get to know each other.

“Sean’s so down-to-earth and friendly, it was great, as was the imparted wisdom.”

The 22-year-old Shetland ­actress added: “He made it very comfortable and a laugh on set and it was just a masterclass in acting. He’s mesmerising to watch and that was so important.

“I really had to connect with him on an emotional level and it was so easy because he was so believable.”

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Series 1 - Episode 1

Today 9pm - 10pm BBC One

There are big subjects, there are enormous subjects and then there are absolutely ginormous subjects, and writer Peter Bowker has chosen to wrestle with arguably the biggest of them all: the Second World War.

But he boils down the social and political to a human and approachable level, concentrating on families on every side of the conflict, starting in 1939. In Britain, pacifist bus conductor and shell-shocked First World War veteran Douglas (Sean Bean) trembles as he prepares for what he knows is to come, while his headstrong daughter (Julia Brown) disrupts fascist rallies.

Nancy (Helen Hunt) is an American war correspondent broadcasting from Poland as the Nazis mass on its border, while young British translator Harry (Jonah Hauer-King) in Warsaw knows his Polish girlfriend and her family face danger.

There’s a lot to get to grips with in the opening episode, as plot strands unfurl across Europe.

New series. Drama following people from all walks of life during the first year of the Second World War, beginning in the run-up to its outbreak. American journalist and broadcaster Nancy Campbell makes a grisly discovery at the Polish-German border, while in Manchester, Lois waits for news of her translator boyfriend Harry. However, Lois is unaware that Harry has a secret Polish lover, Kasia, and he has vowed to help her flee from Warsaw. Starring Sean Bean, Helen Hunt, Lesley Manville, Julia Brown and Jonah Hauer-King.

World On Fire (BBC1, 9pm)
Marking the 80th anniversary of Hitler’s invasion of Poland, Peter Bowker’s seven-parter reworks the 1970s saga A Family at War by giving it a markedly more international dimension. Here the pivotal figure is Harry (Jonah Hauer-King), a dishy diplomat who has been dating fellow-Mancunian Lois (Julia Brown), but when assigned to Warsaw in 1939 he falls for Kasia (Zofia Wichlacz), whose family are later caught up in fighting in Danzig. Sean Bean, Helen Hunt and Lesley Manville also star in a poignant and expertly crafted tale of three families at war, with brief scenes in Berlin and Paris suggesting Bowker’s tale will become more panoramic.

Love. Freedom. Friendship. Family. Truth. Survival.
What would you fight for? #WorldOnFire, starts tonight at 9pm on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

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