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BBC announces further casting for Kit Harington’s Gunpowder

Edward Holcroft, Shaun Dooley, and Tom Cullen are to join Game of Thrones and Spooks: The Greater Good star Kit Harington in Gunpowder, a new three-part BBC drama exploring the story behind the infamous Gunpowder Plot.

As previously reported, Harington will star as Robert Catesby, the 30 year-old Warwickshire gentleman who was the true driving force behind the plot, alongside Peter Mullan as Father Garnet, Mark Gatiss as the Spymaster Robert Cecil, and Liv Tyler as Ann Vaux.

Joining them are Edward Holcroft as Thomas Wintour, Catesby’s friend and co-conspirator, with Shaun Dooley as Sir William Wade, Lieutenant of The Tower and Cecil’s right-hand man. Tom Cullen takes on the role of Guy Fawkes.

Robert Emms (Happy Valley) will play Father John Gerard, the firebrand young priest who joins with the plotters, whilst Derek Riddell (The Missing) is King James.

Sian Webber (EastEnders) plays the devout and fearless Lady Dorothy Dibdale, with David Bamber (Tina And Bobby) appearing as Cecil’s great rival The Earl of Northumberland, and Kevin Eldon (The Halcyon) as Sir Joseph Hawksworth, Justice of the Peace. Acclaimed Spanish actor Pedro Casablanc will play the Constable of Castile.

The series was developed by Ronan Bennett, Kit Harington and Daniel West, and is written by Ronan Bennett, directed by J Blakeson and produced by Kudosin association with Thriker Films.

Source: Seenit

Sherlock actor Mark Gatiss among Gunpowder stars filming at Beverley Minster

Fans of cult TV dramas Game of Thrones, Dr Who, and Sherlock had a chance to spy actor and screenwriter Mark Gatiss when he descended on Beverley this morning.

The British creative, who wrote some of the episodes in sci-fi favourite Dr Who and also played Sherlock Holmes’ brother, Mycroft, in the recent TV adaptation, was among the cast members filming at Beverley Minster for the BBC’s latest period drama, Gunpowder.

The drama about the Guy Fawkes’ plot to blow up parliament is being filmed in the town for the next couple of days.
And while fans won’t have a chance to glimpse the three-part drama’s main star, Kit Harrington – who plays Jon Snow in Game of Thrones – they will have a chance to spot Sherlock’s Simon Kunz, who has also appeared in Captain America: The First Avenger, and The Parent Trap.

Gunpowder production designer Grant Montgomery, who has also worked in the recent drama surrounding the lives of the Bronte sisters and Death Comes To Pemberley, said Beverley Minister was the “best place” for the scene they are shooting for the show after York Minister did not quite fit the bill.

“I came to Beverley to shoot Death Comes To Pemberley and it was beautiful, so I had it in my head to come back,” said Grant, who lives near Skipton.

“When I read the script I thought, I’ll go to York, I’ll go to Ripon and I’ll come to Beverley. I went around all of them and I chose Beverley. It’s really beautiful to shoot it and great to work in.”

Part of what the Minster is being used for is the setting of a feast scene.

“Will people recognise it? Some of it yes and some of it no,” said Grant. “We’ve created a feast of what food would have been eaten in the Jacobean period.

“King James I loved his food, he was particularly well known for eating a lot and was known as a very messy eater. It’s all ox heads, a lot of birds, there’s fish dishes and there’s a hedgehog.

“It’s all dressed inside the minster along several tables – it’s very heavily dressed. We’re using the central room as the state rooms and the privvy council are in a smaller area. This location is very important to the production, it keeps coming back to show the King’s world.”

Some of the crowd watching cast members strolling in and out of the Minster dressed in their Jacobean fineries had been waiting since 8am.

“I got here just before 8am to hopefully see Kit,” said Lisa Tissington, 48, of Bransholme. “I’m involved in amateur dramatics so it’s nice to see fellow artists and I always wanted to know what they do when they’re filming these period dramas.

“So far I’ve seen a few extras go in and out and they’ve been setting up a new load of lighting, but I’m here to get my picture of Kit.”

Rebecca Margherita, a student studying translation at the University of Hull, had come to Beverley to see what was going on.

She said: “We didn’t have class this morning so we thought we would wake up early to come here and see Kit. We have been here since 9am and we have seen a lot of actors dressed up and it is very interesting to see it all.”

With a release date yet to be announced, this fast-paced 17th century thriller delves into the history behind the plot evolution, the selection of the team to carry it out, the gathering of the resources, and the obstacles they came up against.

Source: Hull Daily Mail

‘Gunpowder’ filming has just started

Game of Thrones actor Kit Harington confirmed to star in explosive BBC Gunpowder Plot drama

Mark Gatiss, Liv Tyler and Peter Mullan have also signed up for the 17th century thriller

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.

Also lined up to set the screen alight in BBC1’s Gunpowder are Sherlock’s Mark Gatiss, Lord of the Rings actress Liv Tyler and Top of the Lake star Peter Mullan.

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.

In this real-life drama, Catesby is a committed Catholic in Protestant England, in a time when Catholics are relentlessly persecuted and must practice their religion in secret.

Gatiss is King James’ spymaster Chief Robert Cecil, who is tasked with hunting down, torturing and executing priests.

Catesby is trying 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, and though head Jesuit Father Garnet (Mullan) urges peaceful protest, this is not enough.

Instead, our protagonist starts to recruit friends and relatives to his secret plot. But what will happen when his cousin Anne Vaux (Tyler) becomes suspicious of his plans – and begins to fear the unintended consequences of Catesby’s actions? Meanwhile, a deadly cat-and-mouse game with Cecil’s spy network is under way.

The 17th century thriller has been written by Ronan Bennett and will be directed by J Blakeson when filming begins later this month. It will be made by Kudos, which has also brought us Apple Tree Yard, Broadchurch, Grantchester and Humans.

The television production company’s CEO Diederick Santer comments: “The Gunpowder Plot is one of the best known stories in Britain and most people are aware of the basic facts.

“But what Ronan has achieved with his page-turning script, and what I hope Kit and Peter and the rest of the magnificent cast will do, is to take the BBC1 audience behind the story, into the people, the passion and the politics.

“This will be a hugely engaging drama with a fascinating contemporary resonance, showing the consequences of what can happen when a religious minority is persecuted.”

Source: Radio Times