The Great Fire

Season 1
The Great Fire of London raged for four days in 1666, making over 70,000 of the city's 80,000 inhabitants homeless.
Andrew BuchanJack HustonRose Leslie
English [CC]
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  1. 1. Episode 1
    October 5, 2015
    English [CC]
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    In the sweltering London summer of 1666, fire breaks out in Thomas Farriner’s Pudding Lane bakery.
  2. 2. Episode 2
    October 12, 2015
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    As the inferno spreads rapidly, Thomas’ sister-in-law, Sarah, is imprisoned in Newgate.
  3. 3. Episode 3
    October 19, 2015
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    As fire rages, the king is informed of a Catholic plot against him, allegedly led by his brother.
  4. 4. Episode 4
    October 26, 2015
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    King Charles finally takes action and Sarah is presented to the king as the fire’s instigator.

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PeachyPatReviewed in the United States on November 26, 2017
3.0 out of 5 starsPBS is always good, but subject matter is not for me
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I'm always glad to watch a PBS production. Never tired of seeing the great character actors that England employs. But I don't care for anything that has to do with any royalty. If you like English history and a script with lots of characters this would be a good choice for you. I watched 1/2 of the first episode and it was enough for me. Just don't care for the subject matter. As a side question; is anyone else out there sick of seeing a mini-series listed as a series with 1Season as part of the description. Surely somebody at Amazon can make a few changes so viewers don't have to figure out that the "1st Season" is the ONLY season.
18 people found this helpful
Karen KellyReviewed in the United States on May 29, 2017
5.0 out of 5 starsWho cares about history, this was fun!
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Great show, very entertaining. Beautifully set, great costumes, great acting. Be ready for the usual really annoying situations where everyone is safe, and then they decide to run away from safety just to be caught by the bad guy...again and again and again lol. Other than that, I knew nothing about the great fire, so it was just good entertainment for me. Knew nothing about the actual history, and honestly don't care. Was just looking for good entertainment and found it here.
4 people found this helpful
jerelynReviewed in the United States on August 27, 2016
4.0 out of 5 starsA bit of history mixed with lots of fiction, but worth it.
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While the history is not wholly accurate, the acting and costuming were wonderful. It explores the religious bigotry of the time and a zealous disregard of the truth to further other agendas. It just goes to prove that the British TV is the master of the historic period piece.
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D. GarnettReviewed in the United States on July 27, 2018
5.0 out of 5 starsExcellent Historical Series
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Excellent video! I love history and looking back at the life and times of our beloved royals always gets my attention. I saw one episode and missed the rest on PBS so finding it here at Amazon got my juices running. I waited until I could binge watch the series, and I am so glad I did. Some of the actors were familiar to me and some are new, all of them were excellent in their parts. I can't say it enough, thank you Amazon for bringing another one of my favorites into my financial reach. You are the best!
cimafishReviewed in the United States on December 14, 2016
5.0 out of 5 starsGreat series, well worth watching.
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It was much better than the rating indicated. I believe that it was largely because there was no option to rate it at the series end. I had to go on the Internet and click on Amazon to rate it. Not everyone will know to do that or will take the time to do so. The series was well acted and captivating. It appears that the producers left enough loose ends to do another season. Hopefully, making it difficult to rate the series will not prevent that from occurring.
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zarzinksReviewed in the United States on July 3, 2017
3.0 out of 5 starsAnd they lived happily ever after… Really?
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Really? And they lived happily ever after… after they burned half of the city and become the most hated family in a revengeful thirsty-for-blood London? Yes, it's possible, you burn all your neighbors homes and belongings, don't worry, they still will buy your bread. Such a nice hood, man!
7 people found this helpful
jesmoReviewed in the United States on June 1, 2016
2.0 out of 5 starsdisappointing
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Was hoping for more history, less soap opera.
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JoeMahmaReviewed in the United States on May 29, 2017
1.0 out of 5 starsDon't Waste Your Time
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However things went down during the fire of 1666, I doubt it went down anything like what's shown in this crapfest's melodramatic baloney. It's just really horrid, and I advise you to ignore it at all costs. Watching all the dirty people in their dirty clothes was tedious enough, but the unbelievable and ridiculous dialogue just doesn't fit, both for the time period or for a major crisis like being surrounded by a great fire. Some of the speeches nearly made me barf because they were nothing but unrealistic, treacle-laden sentiment. I mean, who, while being sought for treason in the middle of a huge inferno, would take the time for a chat about love with his/her children under the age of ten? And to believe that uneducated commoners would even dream of speaking on the same level as the king is laughable, as if such a thing would be allowed. There's way too much to point out that's inaccurate, but it's not worth the keystrokes. Don't waste your time, unless you have a penchant for overdramatized bullsh@t.
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