The Diary Of Samuel Pepys: Series 7

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Kris Marshall returns as the famous diarist. Rumours that 1666 might prove to be an unlucky year, or even herald the end of the world, are of no concern to Samuel Pepys. He's far more interested in his new friend, Mrs Knipp. Mrs Knipp is an actress and singer, and is often to be found entertaining the guests in the homes of Sam's friends. As their friendship develops, they even have nicknames for each other - she is 'Barbara Allen' and he is 'Dapper Dicky'. Elizabeth meanwhile is having much less fun. As Sam admits, she's working like a horse at decorating his closet - as well as being kept awake at night by Sam's disturbed sleep and, worst of all, his snoring! Adapted by Hattie Naylor.

Cast:

Samuel Pepys . . . Kris Marshall, Elizabeth Pepys . . . Katherine Jakeways, Will . . . John Biddle, Mr Kriton . . . Alun Raglan, Mrs Knipp . . . Sophie Thompson, Lord Brouncker . . . Tim McMullan,

King Charles and James, Duke of York . . . Ewan Bailey.

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 Catherine Robinson

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

It's 1666, and Samuel is besotted with his new friend, the actress and singer Mrs Knipp.

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In the spring of 1666, just after his 33rd birthday, Sam notes that he's 'the happiest a man can be'. He's aware that he should be working harder and enjoying himself less, but he decides he's the right age to do it - and doesn't want to wait until he's too old to appreciate it. At home it's anything but peaceful. Sam is struggling to find a suitable husband for his sister, Pauline, who will soon be regarded as an old maid. Elizabeth and the maid argue to the point where the maid walks out and goes back to her mother. And a visit from Aunty Wight, who is tormented by fear of the plague, proves very trying. Adapted by Hattie Naylor

Cast

Samuel Pepys . . . Kris Marshall, Elizabeth Pepys . . . Katherine Jakeways, Mrs Knipp . . . Sophie Thompson, Uncle Wight . . . Ewan Bailey, Jane . . . Rebecca Newman, Mrs Lane . . . Eiry Thomas,

Lord Brouncker . . . Tim McMullan, Aunt Wight . . . Manon Edwards.

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 Catherine Robinson

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

In February, just after his 33rd birthday, Sam declares he is 'the happiest a man can be'.

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War with the Dutch is imminent and Sam finds a posting at sea for Elizabeth's brother, Balty. Sam's social life continues to be very busy. He has a liaison with his old mistress, Mrs Lane, and is on his way to The Swan, with Mrs Knipp and Mrs Pierce, when a man warns them that it's still shut up with the plague. But when Elizabeth innocently invites her drawing teacher, Mr Brown, to stay for dinner, Sam is furious. Adapted from the diaries by Hattie Naylor.

Cast

Samuel Pepys . . . Kris Marshall, Elizabeth Pepys . . . Katherine Jakeways, Will . . . John Biddle,

Balty . . . Matthew Gravelle, Mrs Lane . . . Eiry Thomas, Mrs Knipp . . . Sophie Thompson.

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 Catherine Robinson

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

Sam is furious with jealousy when Lizzie innocently invites her drawing master to dinner.

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The British and the Dutch go to war, and Sam's brother-in-law returns with a sad tale.

Sam goes to Greenwich Park to see if he can hear gunfire, now that Britain is at war with the Dutch. Then an injured sailor comes to tell him of the battle, and Sam takes him to tell his story to the King. People want to believe in a British victory - bonfires are lit and fireworks let off. But Sam is concerned that such celebrations are premature. He's soon proved right. Elizabeth's brother, Balty, returns from sea with a tearful tale. Adapted by Hattie Naylor.

Cast

Samuel Pepys . . . Kris Marshall, Elizabeth Pepys . . . Katherine Jakeways, Will . . . John Biddle, Lord Brouncker . . . Tim McMullan, King Charles . . . Ewan Bailey, Betty . . . Sophie Thompson, Balty . . . Matthew Gravelle.

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 Catherine Robinson

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

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Sam is worried that the Navy offices are being blamed for the battle with the Dutch going wrong. Then his house is surrounded by the wives of men who were pressed into going to sea to fight. They are desperate, swearing and shouting that they have no money. Sam is sympathetic to their plight but also worried about sending out his venison pasty to the bakers in case they do damage to it. Then one woman gets into his office and makes a moving appeal which touches his conscience.

Adapted by Hattie Naylor.

Samuel Pepys . . . Kris Marshall, Elizabeth Pepys . . . Katherine Jakeways, Jane . . . Rebecca Newman, Will . . . John Biddle, Lord Brouncker . . . Tim McMullan, Wife . . . Eiry Thomas.

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 Catherine Robinson

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

Sam is worried that he will be blamed for the battle with the Dutch going badly wrong.