Remember, remember the fifth of November? The year is 1605, to be exact, and political trouble is brewing across England, fuelled by Catholic repression. We all know the story of Guy Fawkes and his plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament – but do we know the whole story? This thrilling BBC retelling of events leading up to that fateful day stars Game of Thrones‘ Kit Harington as Robert Catesby, who is presented as the real mastermind behind the Catholic plot to overthrow the Protestant government. Kit is supported by a blockbuster cast, including Mark Gatiss as Robert Cecil, Liv Tyler as Catholic activist Anne Vaux and Tom Cullen as Guy Fawkes.
Gunpowder may culminate in Westminster, but it was filmed extensively in Yorkshire. The volatile world of 17th-century London was recreated in a Yorkshire studio, but several real-life destinations also starred in this three-part mini-series, including Fountains Abbey in North Yorkshire, Beverley Minster near Hull, and Kirkstall Abbey and Oakwell Hall in Leeds. Country scenes were shot in Strid Wood at Bolton Abbey estate and around brooding Ilkley Moor.