Cancelled after two seasons on a cliffhanger, but Home Fires may yet live to see a third chapter.
Speaking to RadioTimes, exec producer Francis Hopkinson confirms “initial discussions” with other outlets to bring the drama back:
“It’s something we’re talking about. I think the audience profile was very good – upmarket and female – and that’s an audience that a lot of advertisers want so there is some interest.”
“We’re talking to everyone, it’s just initial discussions at this stage.”
Reflecting on ITV’s axing of Home Fires, creator Simon Block says he’s baffled by the decision, but also “blown away” by fan reaction to the wartime drama’s shock demise:
It’s always difficult to gauge how things are going to go so you don’t quite know what the criteria for whether something’s going to carry on or not. It had held its audience, it had won its slots, figures were strong as far as I was told so in that sense I guess it was a surprise in that it went against what we were expecting based on the criteria we were told things get judged by.
I’ve been blown away. When the news came out that it had been cancelled, suddenly everything went ballistic and you really get a sense of how passionately people feel about it. That was really a bit of a shock.”
Will Home Fires slip out of the cancellation reaper’s grasp, or is there more disappointment in store for the period drama’s fans? Stay tuned as we monitor the show’s dramatic escape attempt…