EXCLUSIVE: Jon Jones has been tapped to helm ITV’s upcoming four-part drama The Great Fire of London, which hails from ITV’s Political Editor Tom Bradby and Ecosse Films – the independent production company behind such dramas as Life of Crime and the recent Sky Atlantic/BBC America co-production Fleming.
Jones is an established drama director whose long list of directorial credits include the recent Sky Living pilot Lawless, Julian Fellowes’ international mini-series Titanic and DirecTV’s first original drama series Rogue. He is also a writer, having penned and directed an adaptation of Tory politician Alan Clarke’s diaries for BBC Four in 2004. Jon Jones also helmed the opening block of episodes of ITV’s Mr Selfridge and is largely credited, alongside executive producer Chrissy Skins, in securing Jeremy Piven to play the lead following a meeting with the Hollywood actor in Los Angeles.
Penned by Bradby, The Great Fire of London is set in 1666 and takes place over four consecutive days. The drama 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 the fire. 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. Ecosse Films is producing with Douglas Rae and Lucy Bedford serving as executive producers.