Andrew Buchan is to star in ITV’s new drama about the Great Fire of London.
Buchan will be joined by Rose Leslie, Daniel Mays (Mrs Biggs), Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire), Oliver Jackson-Cohen (Dracula) and Charles Dance (Game of Thrones) in the four-part drama.
A mixture of historical fact and fiction, The Great Fire tells the story of humble baker Thomas Farriner and his fabled involvement in the Great Fire of London.
Broadchurch actor Buchan takes on the role of Thomas, with Game Of Thrones star Leslie playing his fictional sister in law Sarah.
Other notable roles include Diarist Samuel Pepys, who’ll be portrayed by Mays; Huston as King Charles II; Jackson-Cohen as James, Duke of York and Dance as an emissary of the king.
Also starring in the drama are Perdita Weeks, Andrew Tiernan, Sonya Cassidy, David Schofield and Antonia Clarke.
A nine week filming window will commence this month with the sights and sounds of Europe’s greatest metropolis in the 17th Century – Pudding Lane, the Palace of Whitehall, Pepy’s dwelling, Fish Street Hill, Newgate Prison, Moorfields, and the River Thames – being recreated on location around Kent, Surrey, Oxfordshire and central London.
Pyrotechnics and special effects, as opposed to CGI, will create the fire sequences as London burns.
Mr Selfridge director Jon Jones will direct all four episodes which have been written by Tom Bradby and writing duo Chris Hurford and Tom Butterworth. Douglas Rae and Lucy Bedford will executive produce the drama for Ecosse Films with Gina Cronk producing.
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.
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. – Rae
The Great Fire was commissioned for ITV by Director of Drama, Steve November and Controller of Drama, Victoria Fea.