Home Fires: Interviews

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“I hope viewers will see Home Fires as a really gripping drama telling various personal stories.

“It shows what goes on behind closed doors with elements of discovery and intrigue.”

Samantha Bond talking to me about ITV’s new World War Two drama, which begins at 9pm this Sunday (May 3).

The six-part series, also starring the likes of Francesca Annis, Ed Stoppard, Ruth Gemmell and Daniel Ryan, is not what you might be expecting.

A refreshingly original story of this crucial period in our history.

With terrific performances from the ensemble cast.

But don’t take my word for it.

Watch the opening episode this Sunday and see for yourself.

I visited the production on location in Cheshire last summer and saw first hand the love, care, skill and talent poured into this drama.

You can read my interviews for ITV with Samantha Bond, Francesca Annis, Ed Stoppard, Ruth Gemmell, Daniel Ryan and Chris Coghill at the link below – from Pg 18 onwards:

Wylie ITV Home Fires Interviews

The memorable Home Fires main theme was written by series composer Samuel Sim.

The soundtrack features the collective vocal talents of Heather Cairncross, Joanna Forbes L’Estrange, Rachel Weston and  Grace Davidson plus musicians Chris Richards (clarinet), Ileana Ruhemann (flute) and Caroline Dale (cello).

And Samuel Sim’s Blackberry:

Production photos: Stuart Wood and Colin Hutton.

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22 responses to “Home Fires: Interviews

  1. Hilary

    The music is excellent – who wrote it?

  2. Angry

    I WANT JACK BACK NOWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!

  3. Lois Dean

    Can we get a download of the theme tune? It’s marvellous.

  4. Khalid DeKhayel

    Can anyone kindly post the lyrics to the opening theme ?

    • ♪ I can see them talking but I only hear the voices in my head ♪
      ♪ Waiting for the moment they’ll be calling to me ♪
      ♪ And if I try, I’ll remember that the words were never said ♪
      ♪ Only now the others hold no meaning for me ♪
      ♪ And I’ll see ♪
      ♪ With wide-open eyes ♪
      ♪ Of blindness ♪
      ♪ I’ll leave ♪
      ♪ The ever-calling cries ♪
      ♪ In silence ♪
      ♪ Every place we shouldn’t go ♪
      ♪ We shouldn’t see, we will never know ♪
      ♪ And all I want ♪
      ♪ All I see ♪
      ♪ All I fear ♪
      ♪ Is waiting for me ♪
      ♪ Now I see ♪
      ♪ I’ll be… ♪

      Read more at: http://transcripts.foreverdreaming.org/viewtopic.php?f=294&t=18719

  5. Danielle

    Words to the main theme would be great to use in school …..please!

    • istant drone of aeroplane engines) ♪ I can see them talking but I only hear the voices in my head ♪ ♪ Waiting for the moment they’ll be calling to me ♪ ♪ And if I try I’ll remember that the words were never said ♪ ♪ Only now the others hold no meaning for me ♪ ♪ And I’ll see ♪ ♪ With wide-open eyes ♪ ♪ Of blindness ♪ ♪ I’ll leave ♪ ♪ The ever-calling cries ♪ ♪ In silence ♪ ♪ Every place we shouldn’t go ♪ ♪ We shouldn’t see, we will never know ♪ ♪ And all I want ♪ ♪ All I see ♪ ♪ All I fear ♪ ♪ Is waiting for me ♪ ♪ Now I see ♪ ♪ I’ll be ♪ ♪ Eyes wide open ♪ All the cries ♪ ♪ Broken for now… ♪

      Read more at: http://transcripts.foreverdreaming.org/viewtopic.php?f=294&t=18434

  6. Dorothy Wettenhall.

    Whilst the name on the guide post in the picture of the cast shows the name ‘Withenhall ‘, what is the name on the sign post behind the butcher’s head?
    Dorothy Wettenhall.

  7. David

    It sounds like an old 80s song from Tears for Fears

    • Dan

      Mad World. Written by Gary Jules. It was used as the theme for the film Donnie Darko. It’s uncanny how similar.

      • David

        Yes, That’s it. I find myself humming this song, and singing the Tears for Fears song daily after watching the show!

      • Marina

        Yes!!!! Thank you…it was Making me crazy trying
        To figure this out every time I watched the show. It certainly sounds like the same score. Loved Tears for Fears …

  8. Donna

    Where can I find the lyrics to the theme song, it is so beautiful. Would love to know the words.
    Thank you

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  10. John Lindop

    Full of military howlers yet again, WAAFS were not ” Miss ” but Private or w.h.y, and they didn’t salute without a cap..
    The Wing Commander was wearing a Squadron. Leaders uniform and his medal ribbon was not central.
    The car he was driving was an Army vehicle, he would have been driving an RAF – blue – one.
    And MAJOR BOOB, no vicars wife would be in church without a hat, Black Mark.
    Time you sacked your military adviser ?
    TTFN

    • The Beard

      D-Day invasion stripes……in 1940 !

    • Deborah

      Kudo’s for catching the errors!!!

    • Thank you for your error notes. Re: The Vicar’s wife: I was raised in the church and she would have had a “uniform” of sorts (C of E, 1940) and it would have been a SUIT (loose fitting; not expensive; in fact, always less expensive than Mrs. Cameron and always less trendy than Mrs. Barden). She was ALWAYS aware of dressing “down” to avoid the congregation noticing; the vicar’s wife would never spend money on “frippery” or anything expensive. She would have had a white or pastel blouse (not a shirt; a blouse) and her hair would have been UP and, yes, she would have had a hat. No gloves; not in church! The vicar’s wife was deemed as a “working member” of the congregation; gloves denotes a guest. The vicar’s wife should have been ready to fill in wherever needed. The Sarah Collingborne character had long dangling earrings; NEVER! I don’t care HOW “young and casual” she might have wanted to appear at home, there were rules and she was breaking every one. When the “Sarah” character “schlepped” up the main aisle, wearing a TIGHT orange sweater, with an old brown skirt, and her hair down, she looked cheap and dowdy and that would have been an insult to the congregation. They would have taken offense and they should have. A service as solemn as Ending the Bells, and her representing her husband, and informing of his condition, should have had her in full regalia (suit, heels, hair up, and hat). In fact, she would have been much more “connected” to the church than she is shown. It would have been a second home to her; much more comforting than her garden.

  11. John Lindoop

    Here we go again, fly screen at the butchers, never.
    No string securing the parcel of baby goods, never.
    RN rating on leave in No2s, never, , it would have been No1s.
    Czech officer remarkably capable of defusing a Luftwaffe bomb and, even more remarkably, had some wire cutters handily in his pocket; never.
    And, a bomb that amazingly just sat on the surface, did the Luftwaffe deliver it in a wheelbarrow ?
    And no Commanding Officer, Wing Commander would be clowning about in the back of a lorry ,
    All we need now is red nose and a tickling stick .

  12. “No string securing the parcel of baby goods, never.”

    Absolutely! I tied those packages; the numbers of cross strings were equal to the size of the package; that size box would have required about 6 double lengths across the width times about 4 double lengths across the length; which means 48 junctions (24 on each; front and back) and at least a third should have had the junctions tied, in front and back, for a total of about 24 double ties at every other junction, front and back. It should have taken “grandma” an hour to bind that package for the mailman.

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