Liv Tyler, Sherlock Vet Join Kit Harington in Guy Fawkes Miniseries Gunpowder

The Leftovers isn’t even cold yet, but Liv Tyler has already lined up her next small-screen gig, starring alongside Kit Harington in the Guy Fawkes-inspired miniseries Gunpowder.

Per our sister site Deadline, Tyler is one of three actors joining the Game of Thrones star in the three-part BBC One drama. Sherlock‘s Mark Gatiss and Top of the Lake‘s Peter Mullan have also signed on to appear in supporting roles.

As first reported back in October, Gunpowder is set in the year 1605 and chronicles the attempt made by Fawkes and a group of provincial English Catholics to blow up the House of Lords and kill King James I, all in an effort to help restore a Catholic to the crown. Among them was Robert Catesby (Harington), who was said to be the mastermind behind the operation. The plot was ultimately thwarted by authorities after explosives were spotted near Westminster Palace.

Tyler has been cast as Catesby’s concerned cousin, Anne Vaux, while Gatiss will assume the role of King James’ “spymaster-in-chief” Robert Cecil, who was instructed to hunt down and torture those involved in the sinister plan. Mullan plays Jesuit Father Garnet, who despite his unfavorable view of King James I, wanted to keep the peace.

Production on Gunpowder, which is being written by Ronan Bennett (Channel 4’s Top Boy), will commence later this month. A Stateside network or streaming service has not yet acquired the drama.

Does Gunpowder‘s latest casting pique your interest in the BBC One miniseries?

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  1. tjchurch2001 says:

    I am always on the lookout for ways to see Liv or her father… Which is why I am curious if “BBC One” will be the channel now called “BBC America”, &/or if that, Antenna TV, & other channels will return/be added now that Time Warner is officially Spectrum? (Still getting “CLOO” listed as “Off Air” all day every day on the on-screen guide.)

    However, I am also a wannabe writer for print or film, which makes me curious what “chornicles” means?

    • maggie says:

      BBC One is a channel in the UK, which is funded by the government through a TV license fee charged to everyone in the UK who owns a TV.

      BBC America is a channel in the US which is half owned by the BBC and half by the AMC Networks. It is a commercial channel that receives no money from the UK tv licensing fee. It’s programmed by the Discovery Networks, and shows programs from British networks the BBC and ITV, as well as American tv shows like various incarnations of Star Trek, and CSI Miami. (I wish it showed more British shows.)

      • tjchurch2001 says:

        Thank you for writing a bunch of ongoing sentences & still not giving me a definite answer to the question.

        • Bill says:

          He did answer the question… You are just too stupid to realize.

          “BBC One” will be the channel now called “BBC America”

          You’re entire line of thinking was just flawed to begin with. Those 2 channels are separate and one will never become the other.

          • tjchurch2001 says:

            “BBC One” will be the channel now called “BBC America”

            You’re entire line of thinking was just flawed to begin with. Those 2 channels are separate and one will never become the other.

            People accuse me of trolling when I correct wrong/needless usage of apostrophes & other punctuation (though it changes or removes the meaning of sentences), so instead I will simply re-post the two above sentences from your comment, so you can prove you’re not as stupid as you claim me to be, & you do indeed now realize they are self-contradictory.