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Gunpowder 5/11: The Greatest Terror Plot (2014)

The gunpowder plot analysed using the confessions of the plotters- a mixture of documentary and reconstruction.


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Complete credited cast:
Jamie Thomas King ... Thomas Wintour
Jamie Maclachlan ... Guy Fawkes
Joseph Kennedy ... Robert Catesby
Charles Aitken ... Robert Winter
Ken Drury ... King James
Adam James ... State Inquisitor
Shelby James Williams Shelby James Williams ... Thomas Percy (as Shelby Williams)
Marcus Jones Marcus Jones ... Jack Wright
Stuart McNeil ... Francis Tresham
Harry Burt Harry Burt ... Kit Wright
Verity Marshall ... Gertrude Wintour
Richard Lintern ... Himself - Narrator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leanda de Lisle Leanda de Lisle ... Herself - Author 'After Elizabeth'
Eamon Duffy Eamon Duffy ... Himself - Magdalene College, Cambridge (as Prof. Eamon Duffy)
Robert Gascoyne-Cecil Robert Gascoyne-Cecil ... Himself - 7th Marquess of Salisbury


The gunpowder plot analysed using the confessions of the plotters- a mixture of documentary and reconstruction.

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22 October 2014 (UK) See more »

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Gunpowder Plotter's: In Their Own Words See more »

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Aenon, BBC Cymru Wales See more »
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Blow up
25 October 2014 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

This is a historical docudrama with a mixture of academic talking heads and recreated drama scenes and part documentary.

This kind of thing is a tough genre to pull off and I do not think it succeeds here. The programme tries to recreate the 1605 Gunpowder Plot from the men on the inside with Guy Fawkes's attempt to blow up Parliament being just a first step to arouse rebellion among Catholics in England.

The story unfolds through the interrogation of one of the key plotter's, Thomas Winter as we see through him how the conspiracy came together and ultimately failed.

The talking heads of experts make out that we are getting more facts and less conjecture, the dramatic scenes add some interest but it was still a mixture of things I already knew with some dramatic licence and hypothesis despite the presence of academics.

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