Great Plague | Plague, Fire, War and Treason

This episode examines the Great Plague of 1665, one of the darkest moments in Britain's history, when over one-fifth of London's population of 500,000 perished in a matter of months. Much is known of the disaster from the perspective of the largely well-to-do contemporary chroniclers, but this film tells the story from the perspective of the poor through the account of a local councillor who lived a stone's throw from Fleet Street.

Clip Info
  • Clip length: 1'18'21''
  • Broadcast year: 2001
Curriculum Connection
  • History

Licence: ERA Licence required


UK only
Staff and students of licensed education establishments only
Cannot be adapted

  • Provider: Channel 4
  • Channel: Channel 4
  • Programme: Plague, Fire, War and Treason
  • Series: 1
  • Episode: Great Plague