ITV commissions Great Fire of London drama

A television drama depicting one of the nation's greatest disasters will be filmed later this year, ITV has confirmed.

The Great Fire of London period drama will follow the lives and loves of both historical and fictional characters when the fire engulfed the city in 1666.

An illustration of the Great Fire of London Credit: Tophams/Topham Picturepoint/Press Association

From humble baker Thomas Farriner and his family to the ambitious Samuel Pepys and King Charles II, the characters' stories will interweave as the city and their lives are changed.

It is written by Tom Bradby, ITV News' political editor, who is also a successful novelist.

Douglas Rae and Lucy Bedford on behalf of Ecosse Films are set to executive produce the drama which will go into production in London later this year.