BBC One has ordered a historical drama based on the “Gunpowder Plot” with Kit Harington set to star.
Shooting starts this month of the real story of the Gunpowder Plot, the 1605 attempt by a group of provincial English Catholics to blow up the House of Lords and kill King James I in order to help restore a Catholic to the throne. The plot was foiled on November 5 that year when authorities at Westminster Palace found Fawkes guarding the explosives. Brits still celebrate Guy Fawkes Night every year with bonfires and fireworks.
Harington will play Robert Catesby the man behind the Gunpowder Plot (despite what you may believe from pop culture). Catesby was a 30-year old Warwickshire gentleman and committed Catholic at a time when Protestant England persecuted the church’s members relentlessly.
Gunpowder also stars Mark Gatiss, Liv Tyler & Peter Mullan and will begin production this month.