In the conclusion, Michael returns to the home front with “no real conception of the shortages,” his wife, Lyn, complains. But, in fact, shortages are growing less severe as the tide turns, and the presence of a million-plus “Yanks” in Britain prior to D-Day “added to the gaiety of the nation,” says historian Piers Brandon. But the war isn't over yet, so Kirstie takes a job in an airplane-manufacturing plant. And a “bombing raid” hits uncomfortably close to home. Then they hear on the radio of the liberation of the Nazi death camp at Belson---and of what had gone on there.
In Part 2, Michael leaves to go to work, leaving Lyn, Kirstie and the boys to manage their home front. It's no piece of cake. First, there's a fine for “blackout infringement.” Then there are rationing “points” to decifer and deal with, and, of course, shortages at the shop (most annoyingly, of cigarettes). But they find a way to lift their spirits: They sign on with the Women's Voluntary Service and visit a nursing home---whose residents tell them what life was really like on the home-front during World War II.
A contemporary British family lives a World War II experience (everything but the actual war) in this three-part reality series. Part 1 introduces the Hymers family: Lyn and Michael, their grown daughter Kirstie, and Kirstie's sons, Ben, 10, and 7-year-old Thomas. The hour follows the Hymers as they are introduced to wartime privations and as they face their first crisis, which involves the rabbits they find in a pen in the back yard: they're meant to be eaten, but Ben and Thomas are getting attached to them. Geoffrey Palmer hosts.