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Episode 3

As the rebuilding of London begins, demolition work at St Paul's causes trouble for the neighbours. A fire at Sam's home threatens not just the family but his precious books.

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.

15 minutes

Credits

Role Contributor
Samuel Pepys Kris Marshall
Mary Skinner Eiry Thomas
Will John Biddle
John Evelyn Mathew Baynton
Robert Hooke Matthew Gravelle
Christopher Wren Tristan Sturrock
Director Kate McAll
Adaptor Hattie Naylor
Author Samuel Pepys

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