Gunpowder (TV series)

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Gunpowder
Series title over smoke
Genre Period Drama
Action Thriller
Developed by
Written by
  • Ronan Bennett
Directed by J Blakeson
Starring
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 3 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Kit Harington
  • Ollie Madden
  • Daniel West
  • Stephen Wright
Producer(s) Laurie Borg
Cinematography Philipp Blaubach
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Kudos
Distributor Endemol Shine Group (UK)
Release
Original network
Picture format 16:9 1080p
Audio format Stereo
Original release 21 October (2017-10-21) – 4 November 2017 (2017-11-04)
External links
BBC website

Gunpowder is a British historical period drama television mini-series produced by Kudos and Kit Harington’s Thriker Films for BBC One. The three-part drama series premiered on BBC One in the United Kingdom on 21 October 2017.[1]

It was developed by Ronan Bennett, Kit Harington and Daniel West and is based on the Gunpowder Plot in London in 1605. The series stars Harington, who is a direct descendant of his character Robert Catesby.[2] J Blakeson directed the series.[3]

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

Recurring[edit]

Production[edit]

In February 2017, BBC ordered Gunpowder then announced the three part drama series was to be developed by Ronan Bennett, Kit Harington and Daniel West, written by Ronan Bennett and produced by Kudos. The series stars Kit Harington, Peter Mullan, Mark Gatiss, and Liv Tyler, and is directed by J Blakeson.[4] Filming started in late February 2017.[5]

Filming locations included the National Trust's East Riddlesden Hall and Fountains Abbey, alongside popular visitor attractions such as Oakwell Hall, Ripley Castle, Haddon Hall, Kirkstall Abbey, Bolton Abbey, Lendal Bridge in York City Centre and the famous Ilkley Moor. Beverley Minster depicted the regal splendour of the Palace of Westminster.[6]

Episodes[edit]

Note: All three episodes were available on the BBC iPlayer following the terrestrial broadcast of the first episode.[11]
No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions) [7]
1"Episode 1"J BlakesonRonan Bennett21 October 2017 (2017-10-21)9.33
It is 1603, and as England wars with Spain and the bloody persecution of Catholics intensifies, a young nobleman resolves to avenge his kin and defend his faith by any means necessary.[8]
2"Episode 2"J BlakesonRonan Bennett28 October 2017 (2017-10-28)5.84
As the king's network of spies close in on them, Catesby and Wintour attempt to raise an army for their plot across mainland Europe. Returning to London with Guy Fawkes in tow, Catesby assembles his gang of plotters for the first time. They know they must act fast, and the plan is formed - they will strike next week, 5 November, at the opening of Parliament.[9]
3"Episode 3"J BlakesonRonan Bennett4 November 2017 (2017-11-04)5.25
On the eve of 5 November, Catesby, Fawkes and the plotters load the tunnels below Parliament with barrels of gunpowder. Across the city, Father Garnet is under pressure to reveal Catesby's plot for the good of the Catholic faith.[10]

Broadcast[edit]

Gunpowder premiered on BBC One in the United Kingdom on 21 October 2017.[4] The series premiered in the United States on HBO on 18 December 2017.[12]

Reception[edit]

On the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the series has an approval rating of 72% based on 25 reviews, with an average rating of 7.25/10.[13] On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating, the series has a score 63 out of 100, based on 10 critics, indicating "generally favourable reviews".[14]

The initial reaction to the first episode was mired with complaints from viewers about the depicted scenes of torture, nudity and disembowelment, despite the broadcast time being 10 minutes after the watershed of 9 pm. Nonetheless, it was described as 'a very good drama' by other viewers.[15]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (19 February 2017). "'Gunpowder': Kit Harington, Mark Gatiss, Liv Tyler & Peter Mullan Light Up BBC Drama". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 10 April 2017. 
  2. ^ "Gunpowder fact vs fiction: how accurate is the BBC series?". Telegraph online. Retrieved 26 October 2017. 
  3. ^ Walford, Jessica (19 February 2017). "Kit Harington and Liv Tyler will star in new BBC drama Gunpowder and it sounds amazing". Metro. Retrieved 10 April 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "BBC One orders Gunpowder from Kudos". BBC. Retrieved 10 April 2017. 
  5. ^ Frost, Caroline (19 February 2017). "'Game Of Thrones' Star Kit Harington To Lead Brand New BBC Drama 'Gunpowder". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 10 April 2017. 
  6. ^ http://www.creativeengland.co.uk/story/Where-BBC-Gunpowder-filmed
  7. ^ "Weekly Top 30 Programmes". Barb.co.uk. Retrieved 10 April 2017.  (No permanent link available. Search for relevant dates.)
  8. ^ "BBC One - Gunpowder, Series 1, Episode 1". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 21 October 2017. 
  9. ^ "BBC One - Gunpowder, Series 1, Episode 2". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 21 October 2017. 
  10. ^ "BBC One - Gunpowder, Series 1, Episode 3". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 21 October 2017. 
  11. ^ "Gunpowder website". BBC iplayer. Retrieved 27 October 2017. 
  12. ^ https://www.hbo.com/gunpowder
  13. ^ "Gunpowder (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 28 December 2017. 
  14. ^ "Gunpowder reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 28 December 2017. 
  15. ^ Halliday, Josh (23 October 2017). "Gunpowder: viewers shocked by violent scenes in BBC drama" – via www.theguardian.com. 

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