The Great Fire: London Burns

The Great Fire: London Burns

Series 1

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Review

To relate the history of the Great Fire of London in 1666, Channel 5 gathers three hot properties, a supergroup of presenters to examine the disaster from all angles.

Dan Jones discovers the exact spot – revealed by recent research – where the baker’s yard stood that first sparked the blaze in Pudding Lane. Or rather, it turns out, around the corner in today’s Monument Street, which didn’t exist at the time.

Suzannah Lipscomb follows the fortunes of three individuals whose fortunes were changed by the devastation. And Rob Bell does the science-y stuff, demonstrating that as a building material, wattle and daub, surprisingly, passes a 21st-century fire-resistance test.

Summary

Dan Jones, Suzannah Lipscomb and Rob Bell take a fresh look at the Great Fire of London in 1666 by walking the actual route the fire took across the city, hour-by-hour and street-by-street, hoping to uncover what really happened during Britain's worst inferno. In this first edition, the three presenters investigate how the fire started, heading to Pudding Lane, site of the bakery where the blaze broke out. Dan and historian Dorian Gerhold then place a temporary `blue plaque' on the very spot where the fire began.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Dan Jones
Presenter Dr Suzannah Lipscomb
Presenter Rob Bell
Director Stuart Elliott
Director Luke Korzun Martin
Executive Producer Bill Locke
Producer Stuart Elliott
Producer Luke Korzun Martin
Series Producer Sarah Sarkhel
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