Gunpowder (2017)
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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 »


Catesby insinuates to Father Garnet that his wife died in childbirth. Robert Catesby was born in 1595; his mother, Catesby's wife, died in 1598. 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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Episode 1
21 October 2017 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Gunpowder follows the story of Robert Catesby (Kit Harington) who in 1605 plotted to blow up Parliament and kill King James I.

The first episode of Gunpowder had a gruelling first half as Sir William Wade suspected that mass has taken place by papists in the household and the Catholic priests were being hidden.

It is a long segment as just as the audience things the troops has done their search and are about to leave, Wade searches again and gets closer to their hiding place.

The sequence ends up with torture porn as a woman is stripped naked and had heavy weights put on her and another younger man is hung, drawn and quartered.

The episode makes it point about the horrific way that Catholics were treated in Britain. The pace settles down as Robert Cecil (Mark Gatiss) is hoping to persuade King James that he faces imminent dangers from Catholics.

So far Kit Harington gives a haunting mournful look, probably figuring out how to pay the fines levied on him for missing all those Sunday church services.

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