Written by Ronan Bennet (Top Boy) and directed by J Blakeson (The Disappearance of Alice Creed) Gunpowder, a three-part thriller based on the 17th century events that led to Guy Fawkes Day, stars Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) as Robert Catesby, who was the driving force behind the Gunpowder Plot in 1605 London.
The story focuses on Catesby, a committed Catholic at a time when Protestant England persecuted Catholics relentlessly, as his refusal to abandon his religion brings him to the edge of financial, social and psychological ruin.
Mark Gatiss (Game of Thrones, Sherlock) plays Robert Cecil, King James’ spymaster, who directs efforts to hunt down, torture and kill priests, while rank-and-file Catholics are subject to oppression and the loss of their property.
The miniseries chronicles the evolution of the plot, the selection of collaborators to carry it out, the gathering of resources and the obstacles to its execution — as Catesby’s team plays a deadly cat and mouse game with Cecil’s ruthless spy network.
UK: Oct. 2017
US: Dec. 2017
Genre: Drama, History (TV Mini-series)
Director: J Blakeson
Producers: Ronan Bennet, Laurie Borg, Susan Dunn, Kit Harington, Ollie Madden, Matthew Read, Daniel West
Composer: Volker Bertelmann
Cinematographer: Philipp Blaubach
Writers: Ronan Bennett, Kit Harington, Daniel West
Editor: Mark Eckersley
Production Designer: Grant Montgomery
Cast: Liv Tyler, Kit Harington, Edward Holcroft, Shaun Dooley, Mark Gatiss, Peter Mullan, Derek Riddell among others