The Diary Of Samuel Pepys: Series 6

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0120120917

Sam's diary reaches 1665. At the start of the year, a great frost brings London transport, horses in other words, to a standstill and the streets are given over to football. Sam tries, and fails, to help a young girl who has chosen an unsuitable lover, while his own collection of unsuitable lovers increases, despite the oath he has taken to stop chasing women. His wife, Elizabeth, goes to the hot-house for a wash, and resolves to go there once a week but Sam doesn't think it will last. Adapted by Hattie Naylor.

Theme music: Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May, words by Robert Herrick and music by William Lawes, sung by Bethany Hughes. Lute, baroque guitar and theorbo played by David Miller. Violin and viol by Annika Gray, and recorders by Alice Baxter. Historical consultant: Liza Picard

Sound by Nigel Lewis

A BBC/Cymru Wales production, directed by Kate McAll.

A severe frost brings London to a standstill and the streets are given over to football.

0220120918

A freezing winter gives way to a spring heatwave, and the dreaded bubonic plague claims its first victims. Sam sees three houses in the city barricaded shut, with their infected occupants inside, and a red cross painted on the door. Yet in many ways normal life continues. Sam advises Lady Sandwich about the marriage of her daughter, Jemima, and Elizabeth is pleased with her new purchase of paradise fish in a glass bowl. Adapted by Hattie Naylor.

Theme music: Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May, words by Robert Herrick and music by William Lawes, sung by Bethany Hughes. Lute, baroque guitar and theorbo played by David Miller. Violin and viol by Annika Gray, and recorders by Alice Baxter. Historical consultant: Liza Picard

Sound by Nigel Lewis

A BBC/Cymru Wales production, directed by Kate McAll.

A freezing winter gives way to a heatwave, and the bubonic plague claims its first victims

0320120919

More people infected with plague are forcibly shut up inside their houses.

More Londoners are infected with plague. In an effort to contain it, they are shut up in their houses, with planks nailed across the doors so they can't get out. Sam's mother wants him and Elizabeth to come and stay in the country away from the danger. But Sam plans to send his wife to Woolwich, out of harm's way. He himself is too busy with Navy work to leave, especially now that the country is at war with the Dutch. Adapted by Hattie Naylor.

Theme music: Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May, words by Robert Herrick and music by William Lawes, sung by Bethany Hughes. Lute, baroque guitar and theorbo played by David Miller. Violin and viol by Annika Gray, and recorders by Alice Baxter. Historical consultant: Liza Picard

Sound by Nigel Lewis

A BBC/Cymru Wales production, directed by Kate McAll.

0420120920

The plague tightens its grip on London and as four thousand deaths are reported in one week, burial places become scarce. Yet, in the midst of all this there is still hope. Sam is asked to advise a nervous young bridegroom about the 'facts of life'. There's good news about the war with the Dutch - Lord Sandwich has taken several of their ships. Sam is so overjoyed that he joins some friends for a celebration. In spite of all the misery and fear around them, they sit up late, drinking and singing, and Sam confides to his diary that he's had one of the happiest nights of his life. Adapted by Hattie Naylor.

Theme music: Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May, words by Robert Herrick and music by William Lawes, sung by Bethany Hughes. Lute, baroque guitar and theorbo played by David Miller. Violin and viol by Annika Gray, and recorders by Alice Baxter. Historical consultant: Liza Picard

Sound by Nigel Lewis

A BBC/Cymru Wales production, directed by Kate McAll.

Sam advises a nervous young man about the 'facts of life' before he meets his bride to be.

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By the end of the year deaths from the plague are going down, and London starts to recover

As the deaths from plague begin to go down at last, London starts to recover - though there are few boats on the river. Following the English victory over the Dutch, Sam is in the running for some of the prize goods taken from the East India Ships - but bad feeling over the division of the spoils results in Lord Sandwich being sent away to Spain. The year ends with Sam and Elizabeth at a wedding and looking forward to returning to their home in Seething Lane when the plague is finally over. Adapted by Hattie Naylor.

Theme music: Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May, words by Robert Herrick and music by William Lawes, sung by Bethany Hughes. Lute, baroque guitar and theorbo played by David Miller. Violin and viol by Annika Gray, and recorders by Alice Baxter. Historical consultant: Liza Picard

Sound by Nigel Lewis

A BBC/Cymru Wales production, directed by Kate McAll.

As the deaths from plague begin to go down at last, London starts to recover - though there are few boats on the river. Following the English victory over the Dutch, Sam is in the running for some of the prize goods taken from the East India Ships - but bad feeling over the division of the spoils results in Lord Sandwich being sent away to Spain. The year ends with Sam and Elizabeth at a wedding and looking forward to returning to their home in Seething Lane when the plague is finally over. Adapted by Hattie Naylor.

Theme music: Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May, words by Robert Herrick and music by William Lawes, sung by Bethany Hughes. Lute, baroque guitar and theorbo played by David Miller. Violin and viol by Annika Gray, and recorders by Alice Baxter. Historical consultant: Liza Picard

Sound by Nigel Lewis

A BBC/Cymru Wales production, directed by Kate McAll.