Home Fires (Episode 5).

ITV STUDIOS PRESENTS HOME FIRES EPISODE 5 Pictured : LEILA MIMMACK as Laura Campbell, ED STOPPARD as Will Campbell,FRANCES GREY as Erica Campbell and RACHEL HURD-WOOD as Kate Campbell. Photographer: JON HALL. This image is the copyright of ITV and must be credited. The images are for one use only and to be used in relation to Home Fires, any further charge could incur a fee.

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Spencer is shunned as a coward, and Pat makes an effort to stand up to her bully of a husband. While Kate mourns her loss, Laura has an affair with a married wing commander.

This series has certainly proved to be treacly and gooey – something dependable, you know? Of course, war is never dependable but in this series they have certainly striven to cover all of the bases when it comes to representation. It also shows the repercussions of World War I on the World War II generation and the tough lessons they learned from the previous war.

People love these cosy dramas and they’re more reachable than costume dramas full of toffish characters. In dramas such as Home Fires, the stories and narratives are endearing – or in worst cases melodramatic!

To begin with I thought it was just going to be a 6-parter about women’s lives during World War II but it seems there’s been enough interest in the series to warrant a second one.

MY RATING: *** / *****

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