World on Fire, starring Jonah Hauer-King, Julia Brown and Ceallach Spellman.

World on Fire is an epic World War II drama that’s set to become a major part of your autumn TV viewing. Peter Bowker’s “adrenalized, emotionally gripping and resonant” new BBC drama will follow the “intertwining fates” of ordinary people from Britain, Poland, France and Germany during the first year of the Second World War as this global conflict completely upends their lives.

Screenwriter Bowker said: “World On Fire tells the hidden human stories within the big historical events we think we know.

“From Harry, a young English translator in Warsaw caught up in negotiations with the Nazis and trying to smuggle his Polish lover Kasia out of the country, to Lois, the girl who is waiting for him at home, a young Mancunian factory worker who will come to take all the opportunities the war can offer to live a different kind of life. To Nancy, a female US war correspondent who can’t find peace unless her life is at risk, to the Rossler family in Berlin, worried for their soldier son and willing to do anything to protect their disabled daughter from the attentions of the ruling Nazi regime.

“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.”

World on Fire begins Sunday 29th September at 9pm on BBC One, and stars Jonah Hauer-King, Julia Brown and Ceallach Spellman.