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GUNPOWDER
Air Date: Monday, December 18, 2017
Time Slot: 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST on HBO
Episode Title: (#101) "Episode #1"
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Episode #1

Debut date: MONDAY, DEC. 18 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT)

England, 1603: After the death of Elizabeth I, English Catholics are persecuted and mass is forbidden under the rule of King James I (Derek Riddell). In Warwickshire, a small, secret ceremony is interrupted by the King's men, who are searching for a young Jesuit priest (Thom Ashley). When the priest and the lady of the house, Dorothy Dibdale (Sian Webber), are captured and gruesomely executed, a young nobleman, Robert Catesby (Kit Harington), resolves to avenge his kin and defend his faith by any means necessary. Meanwhile, in London, Secretary of State Lord Robert Cecil (Mark Gatiss) advises the King to bring down a heavy hand on the papists, ordering William Wade (Shaun Dooley), lieutenant of the Tower of London, to hunt down Catesby and Father Henry Garnet (Peter Mullan), the head Catholic in England.

Written by Ronan Bennett; directed by J Blakeson.

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GUNPOWDER (HBO)
Premieres Monday, December 18
BROADCAST HISTORY:
12/18/17 - ???
STATUS:
new this winter (yet to premiere)
TIME SLOT:
weeknights from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
CURRENT SEASON:
1 (3 episodes)
DESCRIPTION:
(from HBO's press release, October 2017) GUNPOWDER, a three-part thriller based on the real-life 17th century events that led to Guy Fawkes Day, will debut on HBO this December. The first episode will debut MONDAY, DEC. 18 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), followed by the other parts the subsequent two nights - TUESDAY, DEC. 19 and WEDNESDAY, DEC. 20 - at the same time. It is produced by Kudos (part of Endemol Shine Group) in association with Thriker Films, originally for BBC One. The show will also be available on HBO On Demand, HBO NOW, HBO GO and affiliate portals. Kit Harington (HBO's "Game of Thrones"), Peter Mullan (CINEMAX's "Quarry"), Mark Gatiss ("Sherlock") and Liv Tyler (HBO's "The Leftovers") star in the miniseries, which is written by Ronan Bennett ("Top Boy"), directed by J Blakeson ("The Disappearance of Alice Creed") Harington, who is also a co-executive producer on the show, has a personal connection to the real-life source of GUNPOWDER. The actor is a descendant of Robert Catesby, the central figure in the story, and plays him in the show.
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· David Bamber
· Derek Riddell
· Edward Holcroft
· Kevin Eldon
· Kit Harington
· Liv Tyler
· Mark Gatiss
· Peter Mullan
· Robert Emms
· Shaun Dooley
· Sian Webber
· Tom Cullen
CREW INFORMATION:
· Daniel West as CO-EP
· J Blakeson as DIR
· Kit Harington as CO-EP
· Laurie Borg as PROD
· Ollie Madden as EP
· Ronan Bennett as WRTR
GENRE(S):
· drama
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· Kudos
· Thriker Films