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Episode 2

King Charles II calls for plans to rebuild London. John Evelyn, Robert Hooke and Christopher Wren, three of Sam's closest friends, are keen to present their ambitious designs.

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.

15 minutes


Role Contributor
Samuel Pepys Kris Marshall
Elizabeth Pepys Katherine Jakeways
Will John Biddle
John Evelyn Mathew Baynton
Robert Hooke Matthew Gravelle
King Charles II Ewan Bailey
Christopher Wren Tristan Sturrock
Director Kate McAll
Adaptor Hattie Naylor
Author Samuel Pepys


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