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Gunpowder, Treason & Plot (2004)

TV-MA | | Drama, History | TV Movie 14 March 2004
Mini series depicting the turbulent and bloody reigns of Scottish monarchs Mary, Queen of Scots and her son King James VI of Scotland who became King James I of England and foiled the Gunpowder Plot.

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Gillies MacKinnon

Writer:

Jimmy McGovern
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vulpe Adrian Vulpe Adrian ... Soldier
Carmen Ungureanu Carmen Ungureanu ... Mary of Guise
Clémence Poésy ... Mary, Queen of Scots
Tadeusz Pasternak Tadeusz Pasternak ... David Riccio
Maria Popistasu ... Lady Marie
Catherine McCormack ... Queen Elizabeth I
Steven Duffy Steven Duffy ... Lord James
Catalin Babliuc Catalin Babliuc ... Father Michael
Kevin McKidd ... Bothwell
Emil Hostina ... Bothwell's Lieutenant
Daniela Nardini ... Lady Huntly
Radu Andrei Micu ... Sir John Huntly
Iona Ruxandra Bratosin Iona Ruxandra Bratosin ... Young Mary
Gary Lewis ... John Knox
Garry Sweeney ... Lord Gunn
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Mini series depicting the turbulent and bloody reigns of Scottish monarchs Mary, Queen of Scots and her son King James VI of Scotland who became King James I of England and foiled the Gunpowder Plot.

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Drama | History

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Official Sites:

BBC [UK]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 March 2004 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Romania See more »

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£12,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(3 parts)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The title is taken from the nursery rhyme about Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot. Many versions of the rhyme exist, and its origins are unclear. But most begin with these lines: "Remember, remember / the fifth of November / the Gunpowder Treason and Plot. / I know of no reason / why the Gunpowder Treason / should ever be forgot." See more »

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At the beginning Mary is depicted as a young, unmarried girl who had spent 13 years in exile in France. Actually, she was a widow. She had been married to the French king who had died very young. See more »

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[first lines]
Mary, Queen of Scots: [narrating] When I was a child, the English waged war upon Scotland, and my mother sent me to France for safety. I remained in exile for 30 years, and never saw my mother's face again. But now I will have my revenge. One day my child, my mother's grandchild, will take the English throne.
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An Explosive Drama
1 July 2005 | by sexy_pisces_galSee all my reviews

Clemence Posey stars as the young and beautiful Mary, Queen of Scots in this thrilling tale of murder, deceit and religion. Upon the death of her mother the young Mary travels back to her homeland of Scotland from France after 13 years in exile. Discovering that her religion is considered evil Mary tries to allow Catholics and Protestants to worship in there own way unbeknown to her, her half brother Lord James is conspiring with Mary's rival, the Protestant Elizabeth 1st to plan Mary's downfall and replace her as King of Scotland.

When Mary marries the English, and powerful Lord Darnley, James begins to fear for his ambitions even more, when Mary becomes pregnant, and with the birth of her son, the future King James. Lord James realise his plans are destroyed.

With her marriage becoming tempestuous and violent Mary seeks solitude away from her violent husband in the arms of her faithful guard Bothwell, a move which was to become her downfall, for the sake of her son Mary places herself in the hands of her enemy and abdicates.

The series picks up again around 20 years later with James VI ruling Scotland and awaiting the death of the English Queen Elizabeth so he can claim her crown, when he does ascend to the throne all seems well, the people welcome him and except that they have a Protestant King, what he doesn't count on is a group of powerful Catholics, determined he will not destroy their faith and set to blowing up Parliament and the King. Learning of the plan James enlists the help of his adviser, the questionable Lord Cecill and his ill-fated spy Lady Margaret, to identify Guy Fawkes and his group and bring them to justice.


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