Main title from the 1974 ‘Home Fires’ episode of The World at War (1973-74) (1)

The World at War (1973–74)

Home Fires


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| TV Episode | United Kingdom | B&W | Documentary, History, War | 52min
| Stars: Laurence Olivier, William Beveridge, Mrs Gwen Bunt
| E15 | 13th February, 1974

Life and politics in Britain from post-Battle of Britain to the first V-1 attacks

The World at War (1973-74) opening credits
The World at War (1973–74)
1970s World War II documentary series, narrated by Laurence Olivier.

Episode cast

Photo of Laurence Oliver narrating The World at War (1973-4). The actor is in rolled-up shirt sleeves while reading the script in front of a microphone
Himself – Narrator
William Beveridge
Himself – Economist / Socialist (archive footage)
Mrs Gwen Bunt
Herself – Plymouth Resident
R A Butler
Himself – Minister of Education
Lord Chandos
Himself – War Cabinet 1942-45
Stafford Cripps
Himself – Ambassador to Russia 1940-1942 (archive footage)
Tom Driberg
Anthony Eden
Himself – War Cabinet 1940-45
Trevor Evans
Michael Foot
Himself – Acting Editor, Evening Standard 1942
David Hewetson
Himself – Bevin Boy 1943-1947
George Hodgkinson
Himself – Chairman, Coventry War Emergency Committee
Cecil King
Himself – Director, Daily Mirror
Frederick Marquis
Himself – Minister of Food 1940-1943 (archive footage)
Bernard Miles
Himself (archive footage)
J B Priestley
Himself – Broadcaster / Novelist
Bill Roberts
Himself – Betteshanger Miner
Emanuel Shinwell
Himself – Minister of Fuel & Power (archive footage)
Mrs Herma Wolfgang
Herself – Resident Alien
Lord Beaverbrook
Himself – Minister of War Production (archive footage)
Ernest Bevin
Himself – British statesman (archive footage)
Winston Churchill
Himself – PM of the UK (archive footage)
Gracie Fields
Herself – Entertainer (archive footage)
George Formby
Himself – Entertainer (archive footage)
Tommy Handley
Radio Characters (archive footage)
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Main title from the 1974 ‘Home Fires’ episode of The World at War (1973-74) (2). Britain 1940-1944
Main title from the 1974 ‘Home Fires’ episode of The World at War (1973-74) (1)


Phillip Whitehead
Angus Calder


Thames Television
Production company