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Gunpowder 

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Foreign mercenary Guido Fawkes, and a group of English Catholic traitors plan to blow up the Palace Of Westminster and kill King James I in the early 17th century.
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Series cast summary:
Kit Harington ...  Robert Catesby 3 episodes, 2017
Liv Tyler ...  Anne Vaux 3 episodes, 2017
Edward Holcroft ...  Thomas Wintour 3 episodes, 2017
Shaun Dooley ...  Sir William Wade 3 episodes, 2017
Mark Gatiss ...  Lord Robert Cecil 3 episodes, 2017
Peter Mullan ...  Father Henry Garnet 3 episodes, 2017
Derek Riddell ...  King James I 3 episodes, 2017
Robert Emms ...  Father John Gerard 3 episodes, 2017
Luke Broughton Luke Broughton ...  Thomas Bates 3 episodes, 2017
Tom Cullen ...  Guy Fawkes 3 episodes, 2017
Luke Neal Luke Neal ...  Jack Wright 3 episodes, 2017
Hugh Alexander Hugh Alexander ...  Sir Philip Herbert 3 episodes, 2017
Tom Sweet ...  Young Robert Catesby 3 episodes, 2017
David Bamber ...  Lord Northumberland 3 episodes, 2017
Richard Glover ...  Slater 3 episodes, 2017
Josh Moran Josh Moran ...  George Farwell 3 episodes, 2017
Simon Kunz ...  Lord Howard 3 episodes, 2017
Andy Lucas Andy Lucas ...  De Tassis 3 episodes, 2017
Pedro Casablanc ...  Constable of Castille 3 episodes, 2017
Daniel West ...  Thomas Percy 3 episodes, 2017
Philip Hill-Pearson ...  Sir Everard Digby 3 episodes, 2017
Karl Haynes Karl Haynes ...  Bald Drinker 3 episodes, 2017
Kate Wood Kate Wood ...  Susan Whinniard 3 episodes, 2017
Robert Gwyllim Robert Gwyllim ...  Sir William Stanley 3 episodes, 2017
Sean Rigby ...  Lord Monteagle 3 episodes, 2017
Andrew Jarvis Andrew Jarvis ...  Alford 2 episodes, 2017
Beatrice Comins Beatrice Comins ...  Elizabeth Catesby 2 episodes, 2017
Ewart James Walters Ewart James Walters ...  Kennan 2 episodes, 2017
Yolanda Calzado Gil Yolanda Calzado Gil ...  Spanish Heretic / ... 2 episodes, 2017
Fergus O'Donnell Fergus O'Donnell ...  Captain William Turner 2 episodes, 2017
Scott Berry Scott Berry ...  Wade's Underling 2 episodes, 2017
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Foreign mercenary Guido Fawkes, and a group of English Catholic traitors plan to blow up the Palace Of Westminster and kill King James I in the early 17th century.

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The gunpowder plot was the basis for the V character and his mediation in "V for Vendetta" (2005). . See more »

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Robert Catesby and some other blokes
5 November 2017 | by timsmith37See all my reviews

Notice there is a word missing from the title? That's right Plot. The Gunpowder Plot was a conspiracy, and a conspiracy by definition is not all about one person. Thirteen men plotted to blow up the King and government, kidnap the princess royal, foment an armed rebellion and seize the reigns of state with the aid of a foreign power. It was daring, almost certainly stupid and heroically irresponsible.

Robert Catesby is important yes, because he had the vision and the charisma to persuade twelve very different individuals to sign up for this madcap scheme. But that is part of the problem here: the vision is elusive and, in Kit Harrington's stolid performance there is precious little charisma. As for the remaining conspirators, they are blanks, even Guy Fawkes is nothing more than a by-the-numbers Tom Hardy tribute act. We know nothing about them or what drew them into the plot. In focussing so exclusively on the part played by his aristocratic ancestor, Harrington does not just do a disservice to the other conspirators (half of whom do not get speaking parts), he also drains all the tension from the conspiracy storyline. There should be clashing personalities and differing agendas, paranoia and suspicions, false starts and difficulties encountered; above all as the conspiracy reaches it's climax there should be jangling nerves. It's hard to care about the inner turmoil of characters you have not been properly introduced to, and in fairness the script does not even make the attempt.

Instead we get spurious action sequences, such as Catesby's rescue of John Gerard, who actually escaped from the Tower a decade earlier and without Catesby's assistance, and hackneyed Hollywood moments, such as the climatic sequence when Butch Catesby and the Wintourdance Kid charge out in slow motion onto the guns of the Bolivian police force.

Above all the focus is on Catesby and his motivations, all seen through a prism of modern sensibilities and contemporary relevance. And that again is a problem, as the history gets mucked around quite a lot in order to make these points. If you are going to depict atrocities in prurient detail and justify them as providing the context for your character's actions, then you can expect to be called out if you over-egg the pudding.

The look of the show is good, if a little underlit, but the script is hack work and the performances, for the most part (Liv Tyler as Anne Vaux is a luminous exception) either soapily two-dimensional or pantomime broad. The ubiquitous Gatiss renders a particularly ripe King Rat as that fascinating statesman Robert Cecil. (Historical accuracy would incidentally have been better served by a shorter Cecil and a taller Catesby.)

Since Harrington is milking his moment in the sun to get vanity projects commissioned on the lives of his ancestors, I shall look forward with eager anticipation to a three-part drama on the inventor of the flush toilet, an achievement worthy of celebration. Would that someone at the BBC had pulled the chain on this production.


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