The story of humble baker Thomas Farriner (Andrew Buchan) and his fabled involvement in The Great Fire of London is to be dramatised by the producers of “Fleming” and “Mistresses.”
Inspired by the historical events of 1666 and with the backdrop of King Charles II’s court, The Great Fire will focus on the circumstances which led to the catastrophic fire, Thomas Farriner’s family life at the bakery in Pudding Lane, the playboy king’s extravagant lifestyle, and Farriner’s complex relationship with his fictional sister-in-law, Sarah played by Rose Leslie.
Diarist Samuel Pepys, a close confidante of the King who dared to tell him “he was consumed by the pursuit of pleasure”, will be portrayed by Daniel Mays and his wife Elizabeth is played by Perdita Weeks.
Jack Huston plays the role of King Charles II, whilst Oliver Jackson-Cohen is his brother, James Duke of York. Andrew Tiernan plays prisoner Vincent, a forgotten soul languishing in Newgate prison, whilst Antonia Clarke is Frances Stewart.
The drama will unfold over four consecutive days as the fire indiscriminately takes hold of the city and the people desperately attempt to overcome the flames. The four 60-minute episodes will capture the most prosperous city of its age as fire rages and engulfs dwellings and businesses like the bakery on Pudding Lane.
Terrified and bewildered, the people are thrown into chaos, and with each day they become increasingly desperate to seek safety away from the city.
The Great Fire will screen on ITV later this year