The Great Fire (2014– )
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Episode #1.2 

On the second day of the fire Thomas joins the mass exodus to the comparative safety of Moorfields, leaving the girls there whilst he returns to find Sarah, unaware that Denton has ... See full summary »

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Jon Jones

Writer:

Tom Bradby
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Trixiebell Harrowell Trixiebell Harrowell ... Mary Farriner
Polly Dartford ... Hannah Farriner
Joey Price Joey Price ... David Farriner
Andrew Buchan ... Thomas Farriner
Geoff Bell ... Wilson
Rose Leslie ... Sarah
William Beck ... Richard Smith
Charles Dance ... Lord Denton
Jamie Ballard Jamie Ballard ... Carter
Joe Wreddon Joe Wreddon ... Assassin
Jack Huston ... King Charles II
Oliver Jackson-Cohen ... James, Duke of York
Daniel Mays ... Samuel Pepys
Perdita Weeks ... Elizabeth Pepys
Andrew Tiernan ... Vincent
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On the second day of the fire Thomas joins the mass exodus to the comparative safety of Moorfields, leaving the girls there whilst he returns to find Sarah, unaware that Denton has imprisoned her as a possible Catholic sympathizer. She is saved from being raped by Vincent, a murderer who sailed with her husband, whom he is certain is dead, before Denton releases her to steal an incriminating red box from Hanford, keeping her son David as hostage. Samuel Pepys, alarmed by the speed and growing danger of the fire, persuades king Charles to defy his fawning ministers and demolish blocks of houses to halt the fire's progress whilst Elizabeth Pepys discovers her husband's infidelity. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Drama | History

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TV-PG
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Release Date:

23 October 2014 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Cobham Hall, Kent, England, UK

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Ecosse Films See more »
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It's a decent second episode.
3 November 2019 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

The fire rages across London, whilst the heartless King continues to live and love in style.

I quite enjoyed the first episode, this second part was decent, without being exceptional. It looks half decent, some good costumes, although sometimes it looks like studio. Other scenes like London ablaze as the King travels up river looks awesome.

It gives an insight into how the fire spread, and how claustrophobic the back streets were, but ultimately there's something lacking, maybe it's the side story.

I'm not struck on Jack Huston as the King, a wonderful actor, but just not right somehow. Similarly Daniel Mays as Samuel Pepys, such a fascinating character, maybe it's the way he's written here, a bit dull. The shining light again, is Charles Dance, who's captivating to watch.


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