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Game of Gunpowder: Kit Harington in talks for BBC Guy Fawkes drama

October 5th, 2016 by Matt Gault Comments

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Kit Harington is set to swap the lands of ice and fire for similarly explosive surroundings. The actor, known for portraying brooding bastard Jon Snow in fantasy juggernaut Game of Thrones, is reportedly in talks to headline the BBC’s big-budgeted drama based on the famous tale of Guy Fawkes, according to Variety.

The thriller, which will be comprised of three one-hour long episodes, has the working title ‘Gunpowder’ and will centre on the real-life 1605 plot, led by Fawkes, to blow the Houses of Parliament to smithereens and kill King James I.

Harington previously revealed that he is a descendant of Robert Catesby, one of the plot’s masterminds and that an ancestor on his father’s side was in the Parliament buildings when Fawkes’ head was exhibited after being shot.

‘When his head was marched past the Houses of Parliament on a pike, John Harington, on my father’s side, who was in the Houses of Parliament at the time, looked at him and is quoted as saying: “He’s an ugly fellow, isn’t he?” Harington told The Andrew Marr Show earlier this year.

Harington also recently expressed an interest to return to quality television storytelling. The 29-year-old has had decent forays into the cinematic realm but his love for television endures.

He told The Guardian: “I’d love to go back into a top-quality TV show, because that’s where storytelling is at its most exciting and dangerous at the moment,” he said. “Also, I’ve written three TV shows with my best friend, Dan West, two of which we have sold, so I would like to see myself producing. I met Dan at drama school — we live together and write together. It’s like a sexless marriage.”

There is no release date, as yet, for Gunpowder.

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Matt Gault is a sports writer and film fanatic. He is a fully-qualified journalist and has worked for BBCNI, Sunday Life and has been published on The Guardian's website. He interns at REDNI, sub-editing for the Belfast Telegraph. He studied at Queen's University pretending to like history and literature and then University of Ulster Coleraine, where he slacked off enormously for a year and somehow got away with it. He also enjoys Captain Morgans, The Sopranos, Led Zeppelin and Hunter S. Thompson which makes him a remarkably uninteresting person.

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