Pepys - Fire of London
- 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.