The BBC has recently released a captivating gallery of first-look images from the upcoming second series of the critically acclaimed drama, World on Fire. Produced by Mammoth Screen for the BBC and Masterpiece, the show is set to return soon to BBC One and iPlayer, promising another gripping portrayal of World War Two.

Created by Peter Bowker, World on Fire series 2 boasts a talented writing team including Peter Bowker himself, Rachel Bennette, and Matt Jones. The series will continue to follow the lives of ordinary individuals and their extraordinary journeys during the tumultuous war years.

The newly-released eleven images showcase both returning and new cast members. Lesley Manville (The Crown, Magpie Murders) reprises her role as Robina, alongside Jonah Hauer-King (The Little Mermaid, The Flatshare) as Harry, Blake Harrison (The Inbetweeners, A Very English Scandal) as Stan, Julia Brown (Shetland, Anthony) as Lois, Zofia Wichłacz (Receptura, Spoor) as Kasia, Parker Sawyers (Monsoon, A Discovery of Witches) as Albert, and Eugénie Derouand (The Advent Calendar, Paris Police) as Henriette. Additionally, the images offer a tantalising glimpse of new cast members, including Mark Bonnar (Guilt, Shetland) as the enigmatic Sir James Danemere, Gregg Sulkin (Runaways, Pretty Smart) as the daring RAF pilot David, Ahad Raza Mir (Resident Evil, Hum Tum) as the fearless leader of a British Indian Army unit named Rajib, and Miriam Schiweck (Der Staatsanwalk, Fellweckselzeit) as Marga, a dedicated member of the Band of German Maidens.

Series two of World on Fire continues to feature Cel Spellman (Better, Cold Feet) as Joe, Yrsa Daley-Ward (Outer Range, The Collaboration) as Connie, Eryk Biedunkiewicz as Jan, Ewan Mitchell (House of the Dragon, Trigger Point) as Tom, and Mateusz Więcławek (Kurier, Monument) as Grzegorz.

The forthcoming season delves deeper into the harrowing realities of war, as RAF pilots embark on perilous missions to destroy German bombers menacing the skies above Manchester. Meanwhile, rescue operations unfold on the city’s streets, highlighting the true extent of the conflict’s impact on Britain.

Taking viewers on an immersive journey, World on Fire series two explores the war’s narrative through the eyes of ordinary people and intrepid young heroes, fighting for freedom. The storyline extends beyond Britain’s war-torn streets, venturing into Nazi Germany, the resistance movement within occupied France, and the unforgiving landscapes of the North African desert, where soldiers face a distinctly different form of combat.

Fans of the series can catch up on the first season, as it recently became available on BBC iPlayer in its entirety. The eagerly awaited second season will soon grace the screens of BBC One and iPlayer.

Commissioned by the BBC, World on Fire season two consists of six episodes, each lasting 60 minutes. The production is a Mammoth Screen production co-produced with Masterpiece for the BBC. Alongside the talented writing team, the show features producers Amanda Black and Angie Daniell, as well as directors Drew Casson, Barney Cokeliss, and Meenu Gaur. Executive producers include Peter Bowker, Sheena Bucktowonsing, Damien Timmer, Charlotte Webber, and Helen Ziegler for Mammoth Screen, in association with ITV Studios. Lucy Richer serves as executive producer for the BBC, while Susanne Simpson and Rebecca Eaton do so for Masterpiece. Mammoth Screen is a subsidiary of ITV Studios, and Northern Ireland Screen provides support for the creation of the series. ITV Studios will handle international distribution of World on Fire.

As anticipation builds for the return of this gripping drama, audiences worldwide eagerly await the premiere of World on Fire series 2, ready to immerse themselves in the compelling stories that unfold against the backdrop of one of history’s most defining periods.