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?
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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.
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.’
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!
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