Synopsis by Hal Erickson
This weekly Canadian series could be classified as a continuing drama, though each episode was a self-contained story despite its connection to previous and future installments. Set in Toronto during WWII, the series' focus was on the Lowe family, headed by general practitioner Dr. Arthur Lowe (Gerard Parkes) and his Jewish-refugee wife Anna (Kim Yaroshevskaya), a former nurse. The Lowes had two children: daughter Terry (Wendy Crewson) who worked in a defense plant, and who found solace in the arms of news correspondent Bruce McLeod (Bruce Savage) after her husband was killed in the war; and son Sidney (Peter Spence), a air corps pilot who spent much of the duration in POW camp, but who returned after the war with a pregnant British wife in tow. Sideline characters included the family's "surrogate son," Anna's Polish nephew Jakob; and Dr. Lowe's nurse, Marge, who was replaced in the doctor's office by Arthur's wife Anna after signing up with the Red Cross. An outgrowth of a drama-workshop project developed by series co-creator Jim Purdy, the weekly, 60-minute Home Fires was seen from November 9, 1980 to November 28, 1982.