The Great Fire of London started at the bakery of Thomas Farriner on Pudding Lane shortly after midnight on Sunday, 2 September 1666. It blazed for four days and nights eventually destroying most of central London. Writer Tom Bradby has set a period drama amongst the flames of this monumental event.

The Brewery built a digital of version of London for the ITV drama. References were based on the few maps and drawings that have survived to this day. A library of Tudor houses and churches were modeled including the original and colossal St Paul’s cathedral that towered hundreds of feet above all other buildings in London. Old London Bridge was modeled, as was a large section of the Thames riverfront. In many cases these 3d models served as a base image for the many matte paintings made for the show.

 

To achieve the massive wide shots of the city ablaze the Brewery built a library of cg fire and smoke elements. These elements could be used on multiple shots saving on time.