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Gunpowder, Treason & Plot (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.

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Gillies MacKinnon

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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:

Conspiración, traición y muerte See more »

Filming Locations:

Romania See more »

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Budget:

£12,000,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Raging Star Films,Box TV,Power See more »
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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 »

Quotes

Bothwell: Madam, is there not one man in the whole of Scotland who is good enough for you?
Mary, Queen of Scots: Sir?
Bothwell: Wooed by Austria, Spain and now England. What is wrong with my country, madam?
Mary, Queen of Scots: You're drunk sir.
Bothwell: And you are French, madam. And I would sooner be drunk for a year than French for a day - now is it French to see merit in this long streak of English pish, madam? You do not know what England has done to my country, madam. Raped their women, murdered their children
[guards try to remove him]
Bothwell: ...
[...]
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Now is the Month of Maying
By Thomas Morley
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Totally appalling euro-trash
20 September 2004 | by benoit-3See all my reviews

Another entry in the revisionist-history-as-told-with-human-body-fluids school of European melodrama. Whereas "Elizabeth" showed the execution of the queen's enemies as a recreation of "The Godfather"'s wedding-cum-massacre scene, this anachronistic masterpiece revels in outdoing Quentin Tarantino in execrable behaviour, gratuitous gore, meaninglessness and sexual perversion. Not even enjoyable as sadistic pornography, this portrayal of James VI of Scotland (James I of England) as an R-rated video game Richard III will give you nightmares and the heaves. O times, O mores! I wonder how these films and mini-series ("Vatel", "The Affair of the Necklace", "Le Roi danse", "Saint-Cyr", etc.) get written. Do producers lure satanic literary failures with delusions of artistic misogyny and misanthropy and lock them up in unholy writing workshops, with promises of money and drugs, until someone comes up with a suitably repulsive script? Whatever the method for this madness, it works, the plays get produced and they make money. Some people even like them.

You know there is something fundamentally flawed with this "historical" production when the list of stuntmen is longer than the list of speaking parts and the songs on the soundtrack are in Romanian...


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