‘World on Fire’ start date: When is BBC One’s new World War II drama on?

The BBC has confirmed when World on Fire will premiere in the UK.

The new period drama series from the makers of Poldark begins with the German invasion of Poland in September 1939 and ends with the Battle of Britain in 1940.

The seven one-hour episodes will take viewers across the first year of World War II, 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.

Marking 80 years since the outbreak of World War IIWorld on Fire begins at 9pm on Sunday 29th September on BBC One.

Watch the trailer:

Writer Peter Bowker (The A Word) revealed: “World on Fire is a drama about World War II, told from a multinational perspective. I wanted to write a drama where we invested in a Polish family, a French family, just as much as we emotionally invested in a British one.

“The design of the show is such that there are connections between these families scattered across the world, but sometimes only the audience knows what those connections are.”

The all-star cast includes Oscar-winner Helen Hunt (As Good As It Gets), Sharpe star Sean Bean, Lesley Manville (MumRiver), Blake Harrison (A Very English Scandal), poet and actor Yrsa Daley-Ward (Today Will Burn), Ansu Kabia (The Long Song) and Ewan Mitchell (The Last Kingdom), Jonah Hauer-King (Little Women), Julia Brown (The Last Kingdom) and Tomasz Kot (Cold War).

World on Fire will air in the US at a later date on Masterpiece on PBS.