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ITV has revealed details of its latest foray into period drama, with a new four-part series about the Great Fire of London.

The drama, penned by ITV political editor Tom Bradby, promises to take an in-depth look at the 1666 disaster from the point of view of those caught up in it – featuring both real-life and fictional characters.

Among those featured will be diarist Samuel Pepys and King Charles II as well as Thomas Farriner – the man in whose Pudding Lane bakery the fire originated.

The series is expected to go into production later this year although a transmission date has not yet been confirmed.

ITV said that casting details would be revealed at a later date.

The Great Fire Of London occurred between September 2 and 5 1666, causing devastation as it swept across the capital.

Around 70,000 people were estimated to have lost their homes as a result of the blaze, which also destroyed St Paul’s Catherdral – although only six people are known to have died.

ITV has enjoyed success with a number of period dramas recently, including Downton Abbey and Mr Selfridge which both proved popular with audiences in their Sunday night timeslots.

The fourth series of Downton is due to be screened later this year, while a second series of Mr Selfridge recently went into production