The production of the new ITV period drama is ready to start.
The cast for The Great Fire has been annunced and the series is set to commence on location in Kent, Surrey, Oxfordshire and Central London later this month.
Written by ITV political news editor Tom Bradby the new drama is a deep look at the 1666 disaster.
It will follow the lives of historical and fictional characters in the 17th century city, it will watch their lives and the London changes but also the fire inspiration about despair, hope, lies and forbidden love.
The Great Fire Of London occurred between September 2 and 5 1666; around 70,000 people were estimated to have lost their homes although only six people are known to have died.
Andrew Buchan (Broadchurch) has been cast as Thomas Farriner, the baker who started the fire; Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire) as King Charles II; Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones) as Sarah, the baker’s sister in law; Daniel Mays (Common) as Samuel Pepys an English naval administrator and Member of Parliament who is now most famous for the diary he kept for a decade, it provided a combination of personal revelation and eyewitness accounts of great events, such as the Great Plague of London, the Second Dutch War and the Great Fire of London; Perdita Weeks (Flight Of The Storks) as Elizabeth, Samuel Pepys’ wife; Oliver Jackson-Cohen (Dracula, Despite the Falling Snow) as James Duke of York; Andrew Tiernan (Ripper Street) as Vincent, a prisoner; Antonia Clarke (Lightfields) as Frances Stewart, Duchess of Richmond; Charles Dance (Game of Thrones) as Lord Denton, an emissary of the King; David Schofield (The Shadow Line) as the Duke of Hanford; and Sonya Cassidy (Vera) as The Queen.
[highlight color=blue ]Curiosity[/highlight]
Actually, it seems that The Great Fire Of London, has been set deliberately to ward off the plague that was spreading in the city.
The gold sphere that stands in Central London has the duty to commemorate the event and it was built in such a way that, if it ever falls, it will fall at exactly the same point where in 1666 there was Farriner’s bakery, so where the fire started.