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ITV commissions Great Fire of London drama

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Story by Jack Foley

ITV has commissioned a new series based on the Great Fire of London.

The four-parter is being penned by ITV News political editor Tom Bradby and will follow historical and fictional characters at the time of the 1666 catastrophe

A statement issued by ITV said: “The scale and ambition of the drama will be immense. 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.

“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.”

Further details regarding the production and casting information will be available closer to commencement of filming – the date for which has also yet to be announced.

Bradby is also a successful novelist with his book Shadow Dancer becoming a critically acclaimed film starring Clive Owen, Andrea Riseborough and Gillian Anderson.

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