The Great Fire (2014– )
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Episode #1.4 

Queen Catherine confronts her wayward husband with the news that if the fire reaches the Tower of London it will ignite powder kegs stored there and blow up the whole city. As a result he ... See full summary »

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Jon Jones
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Episode credited cast:
William Beck ... Richard Smith
Geoff Bell ... Wilson
Andrew Buchan ... Thomas Farriner
Mike Burnside Mike Burnside ... Rope-Maker
Sonya Cassidy ... Catherine of Braganza
Ben Crompton ... Mr. Bagwell
Charles Dance ... Lord Denton
Polly Dartford ... Hannah Farriner
Uriel Emil ... Signor Romero
Helen Evans Helen Evans ... Villager
Susannah Fielding ... Lady Castlemaine
Andy Gathergood ... Denton's Man
Trixiebell Harrowell Trixiebell Harrowell ... Mary Farriner
Mary Healey ... Rope-Maker's Wife
Jack Huston ... King Charles II
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Queen Catherine confronts her wayward husband with the news that if the fire reaches the Tower of London it will ignite powder kegs stored there and blow up the whole city. As a result he joins James and the fire-fighters and makes sure that houses are demolished to stop the spread of the blaze, assuring compensation. Hysteria breaks out as Catholics and foreigners are accused of arson and lynched, despite Samuel Pepys's efforts to intervene. Denton rearrests Sarah, planning to use her as a scapegoat to appease the mob and the Farriners approach Pepys, whose wife persuades him to take Thomas to see the king and explain how the fire really started. Told that the fire has been halted the king urges the citizens to look forward to rebuilding London, rather than putting the blame on outsiders and Sarah is released. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Drama | History

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TV-PG
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In reality the baker blamed a mentally disturbed Frenchman named Hubert for "throwing fireballs" into his bakery and starting the fire. He, his wife and son all signed an official court document (which still exists) that this was true and the unfortunate Hubert was hanged for the crime. See more »

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The turnaround is complete.
6 November 2019 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

What a massive turnaround in this drama, I wasn't blown away by the first two parts if I'm honest, but this and the previous episode have been excellent. Perhaps once the effects had largely been dealt with, and it focused more so in The acting.

Sonya Cassidy had largely been quiet as the Queen, until now, she was great here.

Jack Huston, I feel like I've done him an injustice, I criticised him previously, as he seemed somewhat loathsome, when in fact he is a fondly remembered Monarch, Huston here was excellent, and his speech perhaps the finest moment.

It's a mixed bag of a drama, but this final part is excellent. 9/10


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6 November 2014 (UK) See more »

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