In the fourth episode of Hattie Naylor's adaptation, Samuel and Elizabeth have moved into their new house in Seething Lane. The house needs some work doing so they've got the builders in. They make an enormous mess and keep sneaking off early. Sam can't stand mess; it's one of his pet hates. Now that Sam has been promoted to Clerk of the Acts for the Navy Board, he's inundated with 'gifts' from people hoping to soften him up for a favour - a jar of olives from one and some turtle doves from another. He's not surprised to find himself being offered bribes - that's what happens when you get into a position of power. There's a fashionable new drink - and Pepys goes to try it - but he isn't at all impressed and doesn't think that 'tea' will catch on. A man who supported the execution of Charles I is hanged, drawn and quartered. Sam goes to watch but finds it a very disturbing sight.
Samuel Pepys ..... Kris Marshall
Elizabeth Pepys ..... Katherine Jakeways
Lord Sandwich ..... Blake Ritson
Mr Payne /Thomas Harrison..... Matthew Gravelle
Plasterer . . . . . . . . . . . Dick Bradnum
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.