Kit Harington in BBC Historical Drama 'Gunpowder'

He may have just done battle with the Night King in Game of Thrones, but here's Kit Harington taking on another reigning Monarch in BBC drama Gunpowder. Also, it may have been prudent to mention beforehand this is a new BBC drama series titled Gunpowder, which follows Guy Fawkes and fellow conspirators in plot to destroy both King James I and Parliament on the 5th November 1605.

Except it turns out this isn't Jon Snow, even if he is played by Kit Harington.

The specially-filmed, 30-second teaser - seen below - follows a trail of gunpowder into a cellar where Guy Fawkes (Tom Cullen) sits in wait. It will air on Saturday nights on BBC1 this autumn.

While I hate plot lines that center a man's dead wife as an incitement to violence, there's no denying that this portrayal of an angry persecuted Catholic is likely to be much sexier than most of us would probably have pictured. My name, disgraced. My friends and family, tortured and hanged. In the 17th Century Harington's character, Robert Catesby, develops a plan to blow up the House of Lords and kill King James I. The event is commemorated to this day in the United Kingdom as "Guy Fawkes Day". The cast also includes Peter Mullan, Edward Holcroft, Shaun Dooley, Robert Emms, Derek Riddell and Mark Gatiss.

Gunpowder is "coming soon" to the BBC, according to the teaser.

The period thriller has been written by Ronan Bennett, himself a onetime Irish Republican activist, and will be directed by J Blakeson. Kudos' Ollie Madden will executive produce with the BBC's Stephen Wright, Harington and Daniel West. We'll let you know when a USA airdate is announced.

Vanessa Coleman

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