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British activist Guy Fawkes and a group of provincial English Catholics plan to blow up the House of Lords 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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British activist Guy Fawkes and a group of provincial English Catholics plan to blow up the House of Lords and kill King James I in the early 17th century.

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18 December 2017 (USA) See more »

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Lord Robert Cecil in real life had scoliosis and was hunchbacked, which explains his irregular posture in the show. He was was 5'4" tall but is played by Mark Gatiss who is 6'1" tall. See more »

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Unbalanced History

This is a good series, excellent acting. The moderate rating reflects my concern about the balance. There certainly was religious persecution during the reigns of Elizabeth I and James I which is to be deplored.Probably near 100 Catholics were martyred in England alone between Elizabeth's accession in 1558 and the Gunpowder plot. 100 in 50 years is a lot; but compare that to the near 300 Protestants martyred in only five years under Mary Tudor. Or to the thousands slaughtered by the Spanish Inquisition from the 15th century in Spain and the Low Countries - to say nothing of the tens of thousands of unfortunate victims in Spain's colonies of Peru and Mexico). The Catholic Encyclopedia creditably points out that Elizabeth began her reign with true toleration in mind - witnessed by the fact that there were no religious executions at all between 1558 and 1570. Things changed with the actions of the reprehensible Pope Pius V who after acceding in 1570 excommunicated Elizabeth and urged her subjects to rebel and to assassinate her. Hardly surprising that she was urged to take a tougher line. Pius's plans ultimately backfired; but he had created a problem for English Catholics - support Pope or Monarch was their only choice. Blame for what happened after falls mostly on the shoulders of that psychopathic prelate. As regards the gunpowder plotters themselves, I feel the series was misleading in portraying them as worthy patriots and genuinely religious men. Think on it; they put nearly 3 tons of gunpowder in place. Had they succeeded the magnitude of the blast would have taken out not only the Parliament building and all inside but half of London besides. Total casualties might have been 10,000 or more. Tease this up proportionately and we are talking about devastation on Hiroshima levels. They must have known how extensive the damage and death would have been - several were ex-soldiers and used to gunpowder. These men would probably have welcomed a subsequent Spanish invasion to forcibly drag their countryman back to a now alien faith. They were traitors and potential mass-murderers. No sympathy from me, I'm afraid.


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