Pepys: After The Fire

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0220160906

Ambitious designs for a new London are presented to King Charles II.

After the Great Fire, the clear up begins. But when Sam Pepys and his servant Will go out in the carriage to look at the City, there's so much rubble they can't even tell where they are. Old London had been described as looking like a hastily constructed bonfire waiting for someone to put a match to it. No one wants that back. So King Charles II calls for plans for a magnificent new London. Three of Sam's closest friends - John Evelyn, Robert Hooke and Christopher Wren - are eager to present their ambitious designs.

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.

0320160907

Following the Great Fire, three different magnificent new designs have been presented to the King by Pepys' friends - John Evelyn, Christopher Wren and Robert Hooke. But plans for an ambitious new London are soon watered down. The city is losing money fast because of the disruption to trade. They must get the city back to work as soon as possible. Utopian visions are out, and compromise is the order of the day. Meanwhile, demolition work at St Paul's Cathedral causes problems with the neighbours, and another fire, this time at Sam's home in Seething Lane, threatens not only the occupants but his precious library.

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.

Demolition work at St Paul's causes problems for the neighbours.

0420160908

Sam has a visit from Christopher Wren and learns of the death of old friend Robert Hooke.

Pepys, now 70 and in poor health, has a visit from Sir Christopher Wren, who tells him of the death of an old friend, Robert Hooke. Hooke played a key role in the rebuilding of London after the Great Fire, at the time when Wren had been commissioned to redesign St Pauls. For his third design of the cathedral Wren made an enormous model, large enough to walk through, and presented it to the clergy for their approval.

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.

0520160909

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.