Gunpowder (2017)
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Episode #1.1 

Following the death of Elizabeth I in 1603, King James VI of Scotland succeeds to the English throne. Catholic Robert Catesby devises a treasonous plot to assassinate James, but he needs allies.


J Blakeson


Ronan Bennett (created by), Kit Harington (created by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Derek Riddell ... King James I
Kit Harington ... Robert Catesby
Peter Mullan ... Father Henry Garnet
Liv Tyler ... Anne Vaux
Sian Webber Sian Webber ... Lady Dorothy Dibdale
Robert Emms ... Father John Gerard
Thom Ashley Thom Ashley ... Father Daniel Smith
Shaun Dooley ... Sir William Wade
Richard Glover ... Slater
Eleanor Inglis Eleanor Inglis ... Lady Dorothy's Servant
Mark Gatiss ... Lord Robert Cecil
Gordon Mounsey Gordon Mounsey ... Execution Clergyman
Hugh Alexander Hugh Alexander ... Sir Philip Herbert
David Bamber ... Lord Northumberland
Fergus O'Donnell Fergus O'Donnell ... Captain William Turner


As James I succeeds to the English throne Catholics are persecuted and forced to worship in secret. Whilst the king seeks not to antagonize Catholic Spain the zealous Lord Cecil and brutal William Wade are more fervent, executing Lady Dorothy Dibdale and the young priest she was hiding, to the horror of her niece Anne Vaux and cousin Robert Catesby. Robert and six friends are jailed for not attending church and on release gathers a gang of plotters to destroy the king and his government whilst Cecil releases convict William Turner to seek out the leading Jesuits Henry Garnet and William Stanley. Written by don @ minifie-1

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18 December 2017 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


Kit Harington is a direct descendant of Robert Catesby through his mother, whose maiden name was Catesby. His full name is Christopher Catesby Harington. See more »


When the conspirators look out of the window towards Westminster, the Abbey is shown with its two towers by Nicholas Hawksmoor, not built until 1722-1745. See more »


Robert Catesby: It is not practice to take the women.
Sir William Wade: Practice does not fit the times in which we live.
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Another over hyped up series to add onto the ever expanding heap
21 October 2017 | by loveyourlifeSee all my reviews

Thanks to a mix of Game of Thrones and ISIS in equal measure, excessive gratuitous violence and gore, bordering on torture porn, seem to substitute for narrative and character development. The script is passable but will be forgotten 6 months down the line. And does Mark Gatiss, as undoubtedly talented as he is, need to be in every single programme these days? This feels like it's chasing global Netflix-era ratings than any sort of critical credibility. Not sure I will or even want to make it to Episode 2...

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