The Great Fire (2014– )
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London, 1666:- Thomas Farriner, a widower with two young daughters, runs a bakery in Pudding Lane and turns to administrator Samuel Pepys when naval clerk Sheridan withholds payment for the... See full summary »

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Jon Jones

Writer:

Tom Bradby
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Andrew Buchan ... Thomas Farriner
Polly Dartford ... Hannah Farriner
Rose Leslie ... Sarah
Joey Price Joey Price ... David Farriner
Trixiebell Harrowell Trixiebell Harrowell ... Mary Farriner
Tim Steed Tim Steed ... Sheridan
Jack Huston ... King Charles II
Antonia Clarke ... Frances Stewart
Oliver Jackson-Cohen ... James, Duke of York
Richard McCabe ... Lord Hyde
Richard Dixon ... Lord Ashley-Cooper
Susannah Fielding ... Lady Castlemaine
Sonya Cassidy ... Queen Catherine of Braganza
Joe Wredden Joe Wredden ... Assassin
Charles Dance ... Lord Denton
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London, 1666:- Thomas Farriner, a widower with two young daughters, runs a bakery in Pudding Lane and turns to administrator Samuel Pepys when naval clerk Sheridan withholds payment for the bread he has supplied to the navy. Pepys cannot help though he does inform him that his brother seems to have been lost in a sea battle against the Dutch. Profligate king Charles II, in pursuit of comely Frances Stuart, holds lavish banquets he cannot afford due to the war and is rebuked by both his brother, James the duke of York, and Pepys. Lord Denton, the king's spy-master, arrests an assassin about to murder Charles and links him to the Catholic sympathizer the Duke of Hanford. Thomas's sister-in-law Sarah works for Hanford and Denton persuades her to - reluctantly - spy for him. At the same time a spark from Thomas's oven sets alight the straw on the floor and the Great Fire of London begins. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Genres:

Drama | History

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Release Date:

16 October 2014 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Cobham Hall, Kent, England, UK

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Ecosse Films See more »
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A good start.
2 November 2019 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

It's a decent start, and before we go anywhere, realise that this is a drama, not a documentary, and as such, it's made for entertainment.

Those that have reviewed it a one star, have no idea of the principles of reviewing.

First off, it's a nice production, it looks pretty good, it's not a wow in terms of production, but the houses look good. The costumes are pretty good, some of the men's wigs look ridiculous, but it was the fashion at the time.

Some nice dramatic moments, and definitely has a few bits of tension.

Nice performance's, but as always, Charles Dance overshadows all and sundry, he can't help but be amazing.


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