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Episode 4

15 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 09 May 2013

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.

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.


Samuel Pepys
Kris Marshall
Elizabeth Pepys
Katherine Jakeways
John Biddle
Lord Brouncker
Tim McMullan
King Charles
Ewan Bailey
Sophie Thompson
Matthew Gravelle
Hattie Naylor


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