KIT HARINGTON stars in BBC1’S thrilling historical drama
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.
KIT HARINGTON AS ROBERT CATESBY