Helen Hunt will lead the cast of BBC One's World War II drama World on Fire

Helen Hunt will star in BBC One’s World War II drama World on Fire.

The Academy Award-winner will be joined by Lesley Manville, Jonah Hauer-King and Julia Brown in the drama, by multi-award winning writer Peter Bowker.

Also joining the cast is Zofia Wichłacz, Brian J Smith, Parker Sawyers, Tomasz Kot, Bruno Alexander, Johannes Zeiler and Eugénie Derouand.

World on Fire is set in the first year of World War II, told through the intertwining fates of ordinary people from Britain, Poland, France and the US.

Filming kicks off this week in Prague. Other filming locations include Manchester, London, Paris and Berlin.

World on Fire tells the hidden human stories within the big historical events we think we know,” Bowker says.

“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.”

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