The Great Fire (miniseries)

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The Great Fire
Genre Drama
Written by Tom Bradby
Directed by Jon Jones
Starring Andrew Buchan
Rose Leslie
Jack Huston
Daniel Mays
Perdita Weeks
Oliver Jackson-Cohen
Charles Dance
Nicholas Blane
Andrew Tiernan
Composer(s) Dan Jones
Elizabeth Purnell
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 4
Executive producer(s) Lucy Bedford
Douglas Rae
Producer(s) Gina Cronk
Running time 50 minutes (inc adverts)
Production company(s) Ecosse Films
Distributor ITV Studios
Original network ITV STV UTV
Picture format 16:9 1080i
Audio format Stereo
Original release 16 October (2014-10-16) – 6 November 2014 (2014-11-06)

The Great Fire is a four-part television mini-series first shown on ITV from 16 October to 6 November 2014. It is set during the Great Fire of London in England in 1666. It was written by Tom Bradby and produced by Ecosse Films. Each hour-long (including commercial breaks) episode is set in one day of the fire.


The series portrays events from the point of view of the Farriner family, in whose bakery on Pudding Lane the fire started, and from the point of view of the royal court in responding to the fire.

The storyline includes events that are not recorded from the real fire. The fire was shown as starting when Farriner's daughter left the oven's stoke-hatch open and the fire ejected a hot ember which ignited loose straw on the wooden floor. It suggests Farriner had a contract to supply baked goods to the Royal Navy and was suffering financial difficulties as a result of the Navy persistently delaying payment. It also follows a sub-plot in which there is a suspected Catholic plot to kill King Charles II, in which the Farriners become suspected of complicity.[1]


Filming locations[edit]

Cobham Hall was used to film some of the London street scenes and Penshurst Place in Kent doubled as the exterior of the King's palace.[2]


  1. ^ Rahim, Sameer (16 October 2014). "The Great Fire review, ITV: 'historical hokum". The Daily Telegraph. London.
  2. ^ "The Great Fire (2014)". Kent Film Office.

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