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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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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 »

Goofs

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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Ziz-O Mama Cata Mine
By Grigore Lese
Performed by Grigore Lese
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Brilliant, visceral production!
19 December 2007 | by blackie_nileSee all my reviews

One of the best historical dramatisations I've ever seen: McKidd's passion is palpable, as are the blood and gore of the Catholic purges when James I came to power, the dust and dirt on costumes, the primitivism of the lifestyles--all seem as realistic as could possibly be. Of course, we have nothing but the literature of the time to document what life was really like, but this seems to me a fine imagining of the vulgarities, barbarisms, discomforts, passions and violence of the time. I can't think of a better film to introduce young people to the history of this turbulent period--it will certainly grab their attention!


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Official Sites:

BBC [UK]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 March 2004 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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