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World on Fire: What the Must Watch Reviewers think

Must Watch reviewers Scott Bryan and Hayley Campbell share their thoughts on World on Fire which started on Sunday September 29 at 21:00 BST on BBC One... you can catch up on BBC iPlayer... the series continues on Sunday evenings.

The BBC’s new seven part drama World on Fire follows the intertwining fates of ordinary people from Britain, Poland, France and Germany during the first year of World War Two as this global conflict completely upends their lives. The stellar cast includes Oscar-winner Helen Hunt, Sean Bean, Lesley Manville and rising stars Jonah Hauer-King and Julia Brown.

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Hayley says: "It is war, on a personal level"

"I found it really great. It is a Must Watch.

"Mark Twain said, 'history doesn’t repeat itself but often rhymes', and it’s hard to watch this and not think of it as a cautionary tale. The characters are all totally normal people, having their lives twisted by these global events which are completely out of their control.

"It is war, on a personal level, so you are focusing on civilians rather than soldiers; this huge global thing shrunk right down.

"The way it’s shot is amazing, whenever there is violence you are in the middle of it, with bits of building falling on you.

"I thought it was really well done."

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Scott says: "It's deeply haunting"

"It’s deeply haunting, this first episode is set in 1939 and the lack of knowledge that the characters have about how the war will unfold, in this awful momentous period in history; the anxiety really builds.

"It’s a remarkable form of storytelling; from different sides, different locations, people from different classes, sexualities and at the end of the day what it shows really well is 'war was hell'.

"It’s absolutely a Must Watch."

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World On Fire started on Sunday, September 29 at 21:00 BST on BBC One. You can catch up on BBC iPlayer. The series continues on Sunday evenings at 21:00 BST.

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