Gunpowder (2017)
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On the eve of the State Opening of Parliament the plotters load the barrels of gunpowder into the tunnels beneath the Palace of Westminster. Father Garnet is under pressure to reveal the plot.


J Blakeson


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

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Luke Neal Luke Neal ... Jack Wright
Matthew Neal Matthew Neal ... Kit Wright
Kit Harington ... Robert Catesby
Daniel West ... Thomas Percy
Tom Cullen ... Guy Fawkes
Edward Holcroft ... Thomas Wintour
Pedro Casablanc ... Constable of Castille
Andy Lucas Andy Lucas ... De Tassis
Peter Mullan ... Father Henry Garnet
Liv Tyler ... Anne Vaux
Robert Emms ... Father John Gerard
Luke Broughton Luke Broughton ... Thomas Bates
Mark Gatiss ... Lord Robert Cecil
Philip Hill-Pearson ... Sir Everard Digby (as Philip Hill Pearson)
Karl Haynes Karl Haynes ... Bald Drinker


Believing that they are carrying out God's will the conspirators unload the gunpowder in the vaults beneath parliament whilst the constable of Castile, frightened that their success will cause a national backlash against Catholics, tricks Father Gerard into naming them. Cecil is also intrigued by an anonymous letter to Lord Monteagle, advising him against attending parliament, which leads to a search of the vaults. As a result Guy Fawkes is arrested and tortured but refuses to betray the others. Despite the collapse of an anticipated rebellion and aware that their plot has failed Catesby and his friends refuse to flee the country and retribution on the part of the crown swiftly follows. Written by don @ minifie-1

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20 December 2017 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


Holbeche House is now a nursing home near Kingswinford in the West Midlands. It has been altered since that time not least by the depicted explosion. There is still evidence of musket fire in the walls. See more »


A desire to seal end the Anglo-Spanish War is presented as a major factor. But the Treaty of London was signed in 1604. The Gunpowder Plot was 1605. See more »


Father Henry Garnet: You cannot be surprised when those you persecute turn on you.
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Episode 3
5 November 2017 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Lord Robert Cecil (Mark Gatiss) and Sir William Wade (Shaun Dooley) have been the standouts in this series as the vanguard of anti- Catholic torture. By the end of episode three, King James is impressed by this dastardly duo.

Father Henry Garnet gave a modern riposte as to why the Catholics in England were enraged; 'You cannot be surprised when those you persecute turn on you.' Writer Ronan Bennett is known for his IRA sympathies having spent time himself in prison.

The plotters plan to blow up Parliament is uncovered, Guy Fawkes is tortured including having his fingernails being pulled. Catesby and his men are cornered by the King's troops and have to make a Butch and Sundance type of escape with all guns blazing.

The series of Gunpowder brought to light the depths of anti Catholic persecution in Britain over 400 years ago, something that still exists in parts of the country today, something Bennett will attest to.

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