Gunpowder (2017)
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Episode #1.2 

As the King's network of spies close in on them Catesby and Wintour try to raise an army for their plot across mainland Europe. The plotters then gather in London and a plan is formed.


J Blakeson


Ronan Bennett (created by), Kit Harington (created by) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Andy Lucas Andy Lucas ... De Tassis
Kit Harington ... Robert Catesby
Edward Holcroft ... Thomas Wintour
Pedro Casablanc ... Constable of Castille
Shaun Dooley ... Sir William Wade
Mark Gatiss ... Lord Robert Cecil
Luke Broughton Luke Broughton ... Thomas Bates
Liv Tyler ... Anne Vaux
Tom Sweet ... Young Robert Catesby
Beatrice Comins Beatrice Comins ... Elizabeth Catesby
Yolanda Calzado Gil Yolanda Calzado Gil ... Spanish Heretic (as Yolanda Calzado)
Andrew Jarvis Andrew Jarvis ... Alford
Josh Moran Josh Moran ... George Farwell
Tom Cullen ... Guy Fawkes
Robert Gwyllim Robert Gwyllim ... Sir William Stanley (as Robert Gwylim)


After an unsuccessful visit to Spain to beg the Constable of Castile to finance an invasion army Robert and his cousin Thomas Wintour travel to Flanders, home to the exiled Jesuits, where they recruit the taciturn Guy Fawkes and other young Catholics prepared to die for their faith. Their aim is to blow up the opening of Parliament though they are unaware that, to Cecil's fury, the king intends to repeal the anti-Catholic laws to maintain peace with Spain at the state opening. Following a tip-off from Turner Wade ambushes the plotters, capturing militant young priest John Gerard, leading to Robert leading a daring rescue attempt to free him from the Tower of London before he can give Wade any information. Written by don @ minifie-1

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19 December 2017 (USA) See more »

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Kit Harrington is related to Robert Catesby whom he played in Gunpowder. He is also related to a Lord Harrington who was in attendance at the houses of parliament on the day the gunpowder plot was meant to happen. See more »

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Episode 2
30 October 2017 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

When the initial scenes of Episode 2 was set in Spain, I should had expected the Spanish Inquisition. Just as Protestants in England persecuted Catholics. Catholic Spain were burning two Spanish Jews at the stake to keep the country safe. The irony was not lost on Catesby's face.

With help from the Spanish not forthcoming, Catesby decides to assassinate King James (Derek Riddell) and rounds up a gang. Although after hearing King James speak, I have no doubt he could round up a bigger gang in Govan on a Friday night.

The scene stealing belongs to Mark Gatiss as the spymaster eyeing up Catholic plots everywhere and Shaun Dooley as his torturer in chief. Waterboarding, the rack, it is all in a day's work to him.

The episode ends with a dimly lit drawn out finale as Catesby goes to rescue one of the conspirator's, a priest being tortured by Wade. If only it was shot on infrared as I could not see a thing.

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