Sam, now close to death, looks back on the city he has loved - London.
Sam is feverish from infection and close to death. It is time to put his affairs in order. A visit from one of his oldest friends, John Evelyn, prompts him to look back on events in his life, in the city he has loved. St Paul's Cathedral, once devastated in the Great Fire almost forty years ago, is nearing completion. London has arisen anew from the ashes.
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.
Sound by Iain Hunter
A BBC/Cymru Wales Production, directed by Kate McAll.