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Friday 25 July 2014

Bradby's great fire drama for ITV

Tom Bradby is behind a new period drama for ITV

Tom Bradby has written a new four-part drama about the great fire of London for ITV.

News reporter and host of topical discussion show The Agenda Tom has been commissioned for the period drama titled The Great Fire of London.

His drama will follow the lives and loves of historical and fictional characters in a world where the rich have everything and the poor have nothing.

Characters include baker Thomas Farriner and his family, as well as Samuel Pepys and King Charles II, with stories from all walks of life interweaving as the fire engulfs the city.

The action is set over four days in 1666 when panic gripped London as the city burned, with no one knowing in which direction the flames would spread.

Tom's drama sees friendships ripped apart, passions run high and lives change through deceit, despair and forbidden love as the face of the capital changes forever.

He may be best known for his news reporting and political discussions, but this isn't the first screenplay Tom, 45, has written.

Last year his first film, Shadow Dancer, was released, based on his novel of the same name and telling the story of an active IRA member who turns MI5 informant to try to protect her son.

Tom, now ITV's political editor, shot to fame as the channel's royal correspondent when Prince William requested him for a special recorded TV interview on his engagement to Kate Middleton.

The Great Fire of London is Steve November's first commission for ITV since he was named their director of drama earlier this week.

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