The story of humble baker Thomas Farriner and his fabled involvement in The Great Fire of London is to be dramatised for ITV. Described as being ‘inspired by the historical events of 1666’, the decadent court of King Charles II will provide the backdrop to one of the most catastrophic events in London’s history. Written by author and political commentator Tom Bradby the story anchors on Thomas Farriner’s family life at his bakery in Pudding Lane (including a ‘complex relationship with a fictional sister-in-law’), as well as the ‘playboy’ King’s extravagant lifestyle. The landmark drama is to be based on existing historical knowledge with fictional stories interwoven.
While a transmission date is yet to be confirmed, the four-part drama is currently being filmed and looks likely to be released in the autumn of this year. Like the Fire itself, the episodes will be stripped across a four day period. ITV announced the cast earlier this week, they include: Jack Huston as Charles II, Oliver Jackson-Cohen as James, Duke of York, Sonya Cassidy as Catherine of Braganza, Andrew Buchan as Thomas Farriner, Rose Leslie as his fictional sister-in-law, Daniel Mays as Samuel Pepys and no period drama would be complete without Charles Dance who takes on the role of Lord Denton.
We have will have much more on this as transmission date draws closer. To whet your appetite here are some pictures of the actors taking on the key roles.
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