Gun­pow­der

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Robert Catesby, Guy Fawkes and their fel­low plot­ters stack the bar­rels of gun­pow­der in the tun­nels un­der par­lia­ment ready to kill King James I. But when some­one be­trays them, Guy Fawkes is caught in the act. How will the rest of the Catholic rebels fare?

As the se­ries comes to an end (Sat, 9.10pm, BBC1), here are five se­crets from the drama...

On lo­ca­tion

Dal­ton Mills in Keigh­ley, near Leeds, was the lo­ca­tion for many of the in­te­rior scenes, while the sur­round­ing grounds were trans­formed into ex­te­ri­ors for the grisly ex­e­cu­tion se­quences. It’s also been used for BBC hit Peaky Blin­ders and re­cent Bill Nighy film The Lime­house Golem.

Great cast

Kit Harington wasn’t sure whether to play his an­ces­tor Robert Catesby or in­fa­mous plot­ter Guy Fawkes, but de­cided Tom Cullen was the only ac­tor for Fawkes. ‘It be­came clear just how per­fect he was,’ he says, ‘and I’m glad I didn’t play that part.’

Strange props

The props mas­ters had an un­usual job, as they had to make a ‘fake King James I poo’. It’s for a scene in which an ac­tor play­ing ‘Mas­ter of the Royal

Stool’ cleans up af­ter the monarch!

Fake mud

You’d think it would be easy to find a muddy lo­ca­tion, but the pro­duc­tion team hired a com­pany to cover the en­tire set with thick, black mud, so that Kit and co would be up to their an­kles in it for ex­te­rior scenes.

All dolled up

Liv Tyler spent up to 90 min­utes in hair and make-up ev­ery day for her role as pi­ous Anne Vaux: ‘Just get­ting dressed takes a while. My favourite part is that all the cos­tumes have de­tach­able sleeves, so you wear one bodice and ac­ces­sorise with the sleeves!’

Be­trayed… Guy Fawkes is cap­tured try­ing to blow up the king

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