ITV has commissioned Ecosse Films to produce a new four part drama titled The Great Fire of London, which examines the effect of the fire on the residents of the city. Casting is currently underway, with production slated to commence later this year.
Written by ITV’s Political Editor Tom 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.
The Great Fire of London is Steve November’s first drama commission since being confirmed as ITV’s Head of Drama earlier this week. It also comes after ITV recently commissioned Sherlock producers Hartswood Films to produce a three-part drama serial titled The Guilty about the police investigation into the disappearance of a young boy during a neighbourhood barbecue, and follows the recent renewal of hit drama series Broadchurch.