NEW BBC drama Gunpowder is set to have us gripped this autumn.
But just who is in this historical show? We take a look….
Who is in the cast of Gunpowder?
This new BBC show has an all-star cast:
Kit Harington plays Robert Catesby
Kit is well known for playing Jon Snow in Game of thrones.
But there is a special reason why the actor has chosen to be in Gunpowder.
Kit has revealed he is a descendant of his character Robert Catesby, the man who was ultimately responsible for the Gunpowder Plot, and he plays him in the show.
What’s even more interesting is that while Kit is descended from Catesby on his mother’s side, a 17th century relative on his father’s side actually made a comment about Catesby’s head after the plot was foiled.
Kit has explained: “When [Catesby’s] head was marched past the houses of Parliament on a pike, John Harington on my father’s side, who was in the houses of Parliament at the time, looked at him and is quoted as saying, ‘He’s an ugly fellow, isn’t he?’. Isn’t that brilliant?”
Liv Tyler plays Ann Vaux
Liv Rundgren Tyler, 40, was born July 1, 1977 and is an American actress and former model.
She began a career in modelling at the age of 14, but, after less than a year, she decided to focus on acting.
Since the 90s she has starred in many high profile films.
Liv achieved international recognition with her portrayal of Elf maiden Arwen Undómiel in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy (2001–2003).
She has appeared in the 2004 comedy Jersey Girl, the indie film Lonesome Jim (2005), the drama Reign Over Me (2007) and big-budget studio films such as Armageddon (1998), the home invasion horror film The Strangers (2008) and The Incredible Hulk (2008).
Peter Mullan plays Henry Garnet
Peter Mullan is a Scottish actor and filmmaker.
He is best known for his role in Ken Loach’s My Name Is Joe (1998), for which he won Best Actor Award at 1998 Cannes Film Festival
He has also starred in Trainspotting (1996), Young Adam (2003), Children of Men (2006), War Horse (2011) and the Harry Potter film series (2010–11).
Mark Gatiss plays Robert Cecil
Mark is an English actor, comedian, screenwriter and novelist.
His work includes writing for and acting in the TV series Doctor Who and Sherlock.
Together with Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton and Jeremy Dyson, he is a member of the comedy team The League of Gentlemen.
He is also known for his role as Tycho Nestoris in the HBO series Game of Thrones.
Edward Holcroft plays Thomas Wintour
Edward is an English film, television and stage actor.
He is best known for his roles as Charlie Hesketh in the British film Kingsman: The Secret Service, as George Boleyn in the British drama series Wolf Hall and as Alex Turner in the BBC drama series London Spy.
Shaun Dooley plays Sir William Wade
Shaun is an English actor
He regularly appears on television and in British films.
Tom Cullen plays Guy Fawkes
Tom Cullen is a Welsh actor, writer and director.
He is best known for his role in the award-winning film Weekend (2011) and as Viscount Gillingham in the television series Downton Abbey.
When is Gunpowder starting on BBC One?
Gunpowder is going take a prime time Saturday night slot this autumn but no date has been announced yet.
It will be shown in three parts, probably on consecutive nights.
Scheduling bosses are likely to show it around November 5th when we commemorate the Gunpowder Plot with Bonfire Night.
What is Gunpowder about?
The show follows Robert Catesby, the man who masterminded the 1605 plot to blow up Parliament and kill reigning British monarch King James I, who’s played by Derek Rissell.
Catesby is played by Kit Harington, while Liv Tyler plays Catesby’s cousin Ann Vaux, who gets tangled up in the plot.
The drama will illustrate just why and how the plot was formed – and in particular, the motivation of Catholic Catesby, who had just lost his wife and father and felt like society was punishing him.
Viewers may be surprised that Guy Fawkes has a minor role to play in the series, and he is played by Downton Abbey’s Tom Cullen.