2016 Specials - The Grisly Great Fire Of London
On the night of September 2nd, a spark from a baker's oven in Pudding Lane ignited a fire that roared through the tightly packed streets of London, tearing up the timber framed houses and destroying up to a third of the city.
In true Horrible Histories fashion, this special episode explores London and Britain before the fire, full of plague and party in the raucous Restoration atmosphere personified by King Charles II. We see how London's Mayor preferred to stay in bed during the fire because been partying the night before, and how Samuel Pepys rushed to bury his parmesan cheese for safety.
We meet Christopher Wren, astronomer and self-styled architect. We see how his new St Paul's, that rose phoenix-like from the ashes, was a physical manifestation of the ideas of the age. We take a look at Isaac Newton and the Royal Society with their wonderfully crazy and gruesome experiments!
And, of course, our trusty sewer dweller Rattus to guide the way! Guest starring Robert Webb.
- Monday 5th September 2016
- 30 minutes
Cast & crew
|Jon Culshaw||Various (Voice)|
|Jessica Ransom||Ensemble Actor|
|Louise Ford||Ensemble Actor|
|Dominique Moore||Ensemble Actor|
|John Eccleston||Rattus Rattus|
|Robert Webb||Sir Christopher Wren|
|Mel Giedroyc||Hannah Woolley|
|Mel Giedroyc||Bake Off Narrator (Voice)|
|Daniel Lawrence Taylor||Ensemble Actor|
|Dan Maier (as Daniel Maier)||Writer (Additional Material)|
|Ben Ward||Script Editor|
|George Sawyer||Script Editor|
|Daniel Peak (as Danny Peak)||Script Editor|
|Tom Miller||Series Producer|
|Melissa Hardinge||Executive Producer|
|Richard Bradley||Executive Producer|
|Simon Welton||Executive Producer|