t’s the early hours of 2 September 1666. Samuel Pepys and his wife Elizabeth are woken by a maid summoning them to see the fire that’s taken hold near
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, May 12
t’s the early hours of 2 September 1666. Samuel Pepys and his wife
Elizabeth are woken by a maid summoning them to see the fire that’s
taken hold near London Bridge. Although Pepys is not duly concerned at
this point — the city’s thatch and timber buildings often catch fire,
after all — when he climbs to a high vantage point near the Tower, he
soon realises that this is no ordinary blaze: it is raging every which
way, with no one to quench it. He is watching the eruption of the Great
Fire of London.
Thus begins the latest in Hattie Naylor’s
long-running adaptation of the renowned naval administrator’s diaries
and it is, for obvious reasons, the most vivid. Kris Marshall and
Katherine Jakeways return as the spatting Pepyses — Lizzie is
understandably peeved that Samuel is more concerned over the safety of
his gold than his wife as they and their neighbours abandon their homes
to seek refuge.
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