Gunpowder, Treason and Plot
Character: King James I
Original Release: March 14, 2004 (UK)
Directed by: Gillies MacKinnon
Written by: Jimmy McGovern
Produced by: Catherine Aitken, Gill Parry, Justin Thomson
Distributed by: BBC 2
Running Time: 205 minutes (2 parts)

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.


Cast & Characters

Clémence Poésy (Mary, Queen of Scots), Kevin McKidd (Bothwell), Michael Fassbender (Guy Fawkes), Emilia Fox (Lady Margaret), Tim McInnerny (Cecil), Catherine McCormack (Queen Elizabeth I), Gary Lewis (John Knox), Paul Nicholls (Lord Darnley), Carmen Ungureanu (Mary of Guise), Tadeusz Pasternak (David Riccio), Maria Popistasu (Lady Marie), Steven Duffy (Lord James), Catalin Babliuc (Father Michael), Emil Hostina (Bothwell's Lieutenant), Daniela Nardini (Lady Huntly), Radu Andrei Micu (Sir John Huntly), Iona Ruxandra Bratosin (Young Mary), Garry Sweeney (Lord Gunn), Michael Nardone (Lord Ruthven), Adrian Stefan (Taylor), Sira Stampe (Queen Anne of Denmark), Iain Robertson (James Huntly), Richard Coyle (Catesby), Richard Harrington (Thomas Percy), Sam Troughton (Thomas Winter), Patrick O'Kane (Francis Tresham), Julian Firth (Peers The Parliamentarian)


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Episode Guide
1x01 - "Part 1" (original airdate: March 14, 2004)
Opens with Mary, Queen of Scots, who is in exile in France returning to Scotland in 1561. Mary's second husband is Lord Darnley who participates in the extra-judicial killing of David Rizzio. Mary's son, James I, was sired by Darnley. Mary's final husband is long-time paramour Bothwell.
1x02 - "Part 2" (original airdate: March 21, 2004)
The opening scene of Episode 2 is in Scotland in 1587 showing James I saying, "I have every right to hate you [his mother Mary]".

Trivia
Filming Locations:
  • Bucharest, Romania
  • The writer, Jimmy McGovern, had previously covered the Plot in the one-hour play Traitors (1990) for BBC2's Screenplay strand and it aired on November 5, 1990.

Awards & Nominations

Biarritz International Festival of Audiovisual Programming Awards - Best TV Series and Serials
Biarritz International Festival of Audiovisual Programming Awards - Best TV Series Actress - Clémence Poésy
Biarritz International Festival of Audiovisual Programming Awards - Best TV Series Actor - Kevin Mckidd
Biarritz International Festival of Audiovisual Programming Awards - Best TV Series Screenplay


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