Gunpowder Cast Additions
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Gunpowder Cast Additions

The BBC has found its Guy Fawkes. RadioTimes.com can reveal that actor Tom Cullen – known to Downton Abbey fans as Lady Mary’s unsuccessful suitor Viscount Gillingham – has been cast as the 17th century conspirator in BBC1’s new drama series Gunpowder. He will star alongside Game of Thrones’ Kit Harington, who has already been confirmed in the role of Robert Catesby, the mastermind of the plot to blow up Parliament.

However we can also reveal other new castings. Broadchurch star Shaun Dooley plays Sir William Wade, Lieutenant of The Tower and Cecil’s right hand man, with some light relief possibly coming from comic actors David Bamber as the Earl of Northumberland and Kevin Eldon as Sir Joseph Hawksworth.
Also cast is Wolf Hall actor Edward Holcroft as Catesby’s friend and co-plotter Thomas Wintour, and Robert Emms as Father Gerard, a firebrand young priest. Derek Riddell has been cast as King James I of England, with EastEnders actress Sian Webber playing Catholic sympathiser Lady Dorothy Dibdale. Spanish actor Pedro Casablanc plays the Constable of Castille, who was involved in the conspiracy.

The three-part drama will focus on Catesby, the 30-year-old Warwickshire gentleman who masterminded the failed assassination attempt on King James.  A committed Catholic in Protestant England, the drama will portray his struggles to bring up his young son in an increasingly intolerant society, having recently lost both his wife and father. He is angered by the suffering of his fellow Catholics, despite the pleas of Jesuit Father Garnet (played by Top of the Lake actor Peter Mullan) for peaceful protest.

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New Project: Gunpowder + Filming News
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New Project: Gunpowder + Filming News

After reading several rumours surrounding Gunpowder it has been confirmed it will begin filming in Hull on Monday. It will be produced by Kudos Films and Television along with Kit and Dans company Thriker Films with the BBC acquiring the distributing rights. According to IMDb Kit will also be an executive producer on the project. No other details regarding filming locations or casting have been released.
Edit; Digital Spy and Radio Times are reporting that Mark Gatiss (Chief Robert Cecil), Liv Tyler (Anne Vaux) and Peter Mullan (Father Garnet) have signed on to the three-part series and they have also mentioned that Kit will be playing his ancestor Robert Catesby.

A BBC drama starring Game of Thrones actor Kit Harington will begin filming in Beverley on Monday. Gunpowder, a one-off film about Guy Fawkes and his infamous plot to blow up Parliament in 1605, will shoot scenes at the town’s Minster next week

Game of Thrones actor Kit Harington has been confirmed to star in a new drama series about the infamous Gunpowder Plot of 1605, telling the little-known story of the real brains behind the operation: Robert Catesby.
Harington had been rumoured to be working on an adaptation of the story a few months ago, with the actor having previously revealed that he was descended from Catesby and that he had an interest in bringing his ancestor’s story to the screen. While the 5th of November has long been known as Guy Fawkes Day and celebrated with bonfires, fireworks and effigies, the three-part drama will reveal how it wasn’t all about Guy Fawkes and his tunnels under Parliament. Instead, we meet Catesby, the 30-year-old Warwickshire gentleman who masterminded the failed assassination attempt on King James.

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