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Gunpowder, Treason & Plot (2004)

TV-MA | | Drama, History | TV Movie 14 March 2004
Mini series depicting the turbulent and bloody reigns of Scottish monarchs Mary, Queen of Scots and her son King James VI of Scotland who became King James I of England and foiled the Gunpowder Plot.

Director:

Gillies MacKinnon

Writer:

Jimmy McGovern
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vulpe Adrian Vulpe Adrian ... Soldier
Carmen Ungureanu Carmen Ungureanu ... Mary of Guise
Clémence Poésy ... Mary, Queen of Scots
Tadeusz Pasternak Tadeusz Pasternak ... David Riccio
Maria Popistasu ... Lady Marie
Catherine McCormack ... Queen Elizabeth I
Steven Duffy Steven Duffy ... Lord James
Catalin Babliuc Catalin Babliuc ... Father Michael
Kevin McKidd ... Bothwell
Emil Hostina ... Bothwell's Lieutenant
Daniela Nardini ... Lady Huntly
Radu Andrei Micu ... Sir John Huntly
Iona Ruxandra Bratosin Iona Ruxandra Bratosin ... Young Mary
Gary Lewis ... John Knox
Garry Sweeney ... Lord Gunn
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Mini series depicting the turbulent and bloody reigns of Scottish monarchs Mary, Queen of Scots and her son King James VI of Scotland who became King James I of England and foiled the Gunpowder Plot.

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Drama | History

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Official Sites:

BBC [UK]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 March 2004 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Gunpowder, Treason & Plot See more »

Filming Locations:

Romania See more »

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Budget:

GBP12,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(3 parts)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The title is taken from the nursery rhyme about Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot. Many versions of the rhyme exist, and its origins are unclear. But most begin with these lines: "Remember, remember / the fifth of November / the Gunpowder Treason and Plot. / I know of no reason / why the Gunpowder Treason / should ever be forgot." See more »

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At the beginning Mary is depicted as a young, unmarried girl who had spent 13 years in exile in France. Actually, she was a widow. She had been married to the French king who had died very young. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mary, Queen of Scots: [narrating] When I was a child, the English waged war upon Scotland, and my mother sent me to France for safety. I remained in exile for 30 years, and never saw my mother's face again. But now I will have my revenge. One day my child, my mother's grandchild, will take the English throne.
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Now is the Month of Maying
By Thomas Morley
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James I depicted as nothing more than venal and repulsive
23 November 2004 | by Rick-56See all my reviews

From the script and from Robert Carlyle's performance, you'd have no inkling that James I was anything other than a degenerate, evil homosexual. Therefore you lose interest in watching the show because his character has no redeeming qualities. Contrast this portrayal with a quote from an historical website: "Along with Alfred the Great, James is considered to have been one of the most intellectual and learned individuals ever to sit on the English or Scottish Throne. Under him, much of the cultural flourishing of Elizabethan England continued; individuals such as Sir Francis Bacon (afterwards Viscount St Albans) and William Shakespeare flourished during the reign. James himself was a talented scholar, writing works such as Daemonologie (1597), The True Law of Free Monarchies (1598), Basilikon Doron (1599) and A Counterblast to Tobacco (1604)." (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_I_of_England) There was absolutely no evidence of anything but venality and repulsiveness in the depiction of James I in this TV show.


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