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A freezing cold winter gives way to a May heatwave, and the dreaded bubonic plague claims its first victims. With Kris Marshall, Katherine Jakeways.

A freezing winter gives way to a spring heatwave, and the dreaded bubonic plague claims its first victims. Sam sees three houses in the city barricaded shut, with their infected occupants inside, and a red cross painted on the door. Yet in many ways normal life continues. Sam advises Lady Sandwich about the marriage of her daughter, Jemima, and Elizabeth is pleased with her new purchase of paradise fish in a glass bowl. Adapted 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. Historical consultant: Liza Picard
Sound by Nigel Lewis

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

15 minutes


Role Contributor
Samuel Pepys Kris Marshall
Elizabeth Pepys Katherine Jakeways
Mr Povy Adrian Scarborough
Lady Sandwich Bethan Walker
Mary Mercer Catrin Stewart
Mr Payne, the boatman Matthew Gravelle
Will John Biddle
Director Kate McAll
Producer Kate McAll


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