England, 1603: Elizabeth I is dead, and King James of Scotland has taken the throne. With the country at war with Catholic Spain, English Catholics are persecuted, and priests caught saying Mass are put to death. Several failed attempts have already been made on the new king’s life. Now, deep in the heart of the Warwickshire countryside, a new plot is brewing—one that will become legend, leaving a mark on the country that will still be felt over 400 years later.
Gunpowder season 1 is the historical TV mini-series of the BBC One channel, which tells about the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. The actions of TV show occur in the XVII century. British group of Catholics headed by radical activist Guy Fawkes develop a plan. Their purpose is blowing up the parliament building and killing of the King James I. Because he sympathizes with Protestants and organized a series of repressions against Catholics. These events went down in the history as the Gunpowder Plot. The conspiracy was uncovered, that’s why a tradition to organize a national celebration on November 5 called “Guy Fawkes’ Night” arose in the UK, celebrating the failure of the coup d’etat. Kit Harington played Count Robert Catesby – one of the main participants in the Gunpowder Plot, Liv Tyler became his cousin Ann Vaux and Mark Gatiss played Robert Cecil – the Guardian Lord of the Small Press in the new episodes of season 1 Gunpowder.Read more »