As a woman, I find it hard to watch television when strong, capable, fully human female characters are sometimes hard to find.
Home Fires (2015- Present) is one of those programs that contains these characters.
Set in a rural English village during World War II, the program is about the women of the village who despite their disagreements and setbacks have to learn to make the best of it during wartime.
The first season aired on PBS last year. I found the drama to entertaining and frankly, it was nice to see fully developed human female characters who were fully capable of standing on their own two feet. While the trailer for series 2 has been released, there is no word as to when it will air in America.
Sadly, the second series might not air in America as ITV is contemplating cancelling the program.
I get it. Not every show has a long life span and some shows, frankly are so bad that cancellation is obvious, it’s just a matter of time.
I would just hate for a program with female characters that send a positive message to be cancelled in place of other shows that continue to blast out archaic stereotypes or send less than positive vibes toward the female audience.
Happy Sunday and I look forward to series 2 of Home Fires.
War will often bring out the best or the worst in humanity. It forces us to accept a new reality and challenges we might not previously considered.
The new series Home Fires, is about group of women in a small town in Chesire, England. World War II is on the horizon.
The external tension, fear and frustration of the looming war is easily matched by the internal tension, frustration and fear among the women of the village. Joyce Cameron (Francesca Annis) has led The Women’s Institute, for a few years now. Some of the women in the group, including Frances Barden (Samantha Bond) believe Joyce is too selective in how she runs the organization.
Other women are dealing with sons who want to enlist, loved ones with medical problems or spouses who are stuck in the dark ages when it comes to household responsibilities.
What I found compelling about this series is that it is a positive women centric story. Yes, there is the potential of romance for two of the characters, but it is so much more. These are strong, powerful, intelligent women who are once again facing the reality of war and possibly losing their husbands, fathers, sons and brothers in the battlefield. But while their men are fighting overseas, the women are also fighting for their family, for the lives and for their country.
I absolutely recommend it.
Home Fires Airs on PBS at 8PM on Sunday.