ITV have today announced the commission of period drama, The Great Fire of London, which is written by Tom Bradby and produced for ITV by Ecosse Films.
The scale and ambition of the drama will be immense as the story follows the lives and loves of both historical and fictional characters in a world where, on the surface, the rich have everything and the poor have nothing.
From the humble baker, Thomas Farriner and his family to the ambitious Samuel Pepys and King Charles II, the characters’ stories will interweave as the city, and their lives, are changed beyond imagining during one of our nation’s greatest historical disasters.
Set in 1666 with events unfolding over four consecutive days, the Great Fire indiscriminately engulfs the city, as no matter what your path in life or status all human life is vulnerable.
The fire consumes homes and lives as loyalties and friendships are tested and passions come to the fore. As the greatest city of the 17th century is destroyed, the fire is a catalyst to acts of forbidden love, deceit and despair.
Ultimately, London is changed forever, paving the way for the dawn of a new era, in which modern London will rise from the ashes.
The four-part drama is the first commission from Steve November since his appointment as ITV’s Director of Drama.
Douglas Rae and Lucy Bedford on behalf of Ecosse Films are set to executive produce the drama which will go into production in London later this year. Tom Bradby, Political Editor for ITV News, is also a successful novelist with his book Shadow Dancer becoming a critically acclaimed film starring Clive Owen, Andrea Riseborough and Gillian Anderson.
Further details with regards the production and casting information will be available closer to commencement of filming, so we will of course keep you posted.
For now, here’s a look at ITV’s drama this year…