Andrew Buchan (Broadchurch), Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire), Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones), Daniel Mays (Common), Perdita Weeks (Flight Of The Storks), Oliver Jackson-Cohen (Dracula), Andrew Tiernan (Ripper Street), Antonia Clarke (Lightfields), Charles Dance (Game of Thrones), David Schofield (The Shadow Line) and Sonya Cassidy (Vera) have all landed roles on ITV’s upcoming four-part drama The Great Fire (formerly known as The Great Fire of London).
The Great Fire is set in 1666 and takes place over four consecutive days. The drama focuses on the circumstances which led to the catastrophic fire, telling the stories of all involved from Thomas Farriner and his family to the ambitious Samuel Pepys and King Charles II. Terrified and bewildered, the people are thrown into chaos, and with each day they become increasingly desperate to seek safety away from the city. ITV said the production would use pyrotechnics and special effects rather than CGI to simulate the fire.
Buchan has been cast as Thomas Farriner, the humble baker who is central to the drama; Huston as King Charles II; Leslie as Sarah, Thomas Farriner’s sister in law; Mays as Samuel Pepys; Weeks as Elizabeth, Samuel Pepys’ wife; Jackson-Cohen as James Duke of York, King Charles II’s brother; Tiernan as Vincent, a prisoner in Newgate prison; Clarke as Frances Stewart; Dance as Lord Denton, an emissary of the King; Schofield as the Duke of Hanford, the most powerful catholic nobleman in the land; and Cassidy as The Queen.
The four-parter was penned by Tom Bradby, Chris Hurford and Tom Butterworth. Ecosse Films – whose other recent credits have included Fleming and Life Of Crime – are producing the drama, which was commissioned by ITV’s Director of Drama Steve November and ITV Drama Controller Victoria Fea. Gina Cronk is the series producer, while Douglas Rae and Lucy Bedford executive produce. Lawless helmer Jon Jones is attached to direct. Production on The Great Fire is set to commence on location in Kent, Surrey, Oxfordshire and Central London later this month.
“In 1666 London was the greatest city in the world with a population of 300,000. In just four days The Great Fire destroyed nearly half the city and threatened the monarchy,” said Executive Producer Douglas Rae. “It’s a fascinating premise for a drama and creates the perfect backdrop for Tom Bradby to be at his most creative. We have assembled an amazing cast and production team and we’re looking forward to filming Tom’s fantastic scripts.”