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KIT HARINGTON stars in BBC1’S thrilling his­tor­i­cal drama

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HERE’S A LOOK AT Game of Thrones star Kit Harington as he plays his 17th-cen­tury an­ces­tor Robert Catesby in BBC1’S epic new pe­riod drama Gun­pow­der.

The three-part se­ries, air­ing this au­tumn, and ex­ec­u­tive pro­duced by Harington, cen­tres on the Gun­pow­der Plot of 1605, which saw a group of pro­vin­cial English Catholics make a failed at­tempt to blow up the Houses of Par­lia­ment and as­sas­si­nate King James (The Miss­ing’s Derek Rid­dell).

It ex­plores how de­vout Catholic Catesby, a wid­owed sin­gle fa­ther, de­vised the dar­ing plot and re­cruited a group of like-minded men, in­clud­ing Guy Fawkes (Down­ton Abbey’s Tom Cullen), to help him carry it out, in a bid to counter the wide­spread Protes­tant per­se­cu­tion of his faith.

Liv Tyler plays Catesby’s cousin Anne Vaux, who be­comes anx­ious about the plot, while Mark Gatiss co-stars as the king’s spy­mas­ter Robert Ce­cil, who wages a ruth­less cam­paign against Catholics, and Peter Mul­lan is Je­suit priest Henry Gar­net, who is in­ad­ver­tently drawn into the af­fair. David Bam­ber, Shaun Dooley and Kevin El­don also star.


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