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The Great Fire of London 1666

ITV is currently filming a four-part miniseries that follows the lives of both fictional and historical characters in 1666 London as the Great Fire devastates what was at that time the greatest city in the World.  The drama will unfold over four consecutive days, set against the decadent backdrop of King Charles the II’s court, and will provide viewers with a glimpse of what it must have looked like as the most prosperous city of its age, with a population of over 300,000, is engulfed by flames; its people, terrified and baffled, each day become more desperate to seek safety away from the devestated city.  Written by Tom Bradby (episodes 1, 2, 3 and 4) and Chris Hurford (cowrote episode 4), filming is scheduled to last nine weeks, and includes the use pyrotechnics and special effects, not CGI, to depict the fire.  The cast includes Andrew Buchan (Broadchurch), Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones), Charles Dance (Game of Thrones), Jack Huston (American Hustle, Boardwalk Empire) and Daniel Mays (Outcasts).  Fans of historical television, keep your fingers crossed for an impigrituous (‘impigrity’ forgotten english word for ‘speedy’, popular between 1623 -1721) release date!

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