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Old 21-10-2017, 20:56   #1
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Gunpowder BBC 1

What on earth have the BBC become? Are they trying to be HBO or something?
We started watching this show for Bonfire Night and what a shock!

Are they trying to be realistic or super edgy. How many complaints will there be tomorrow I wonder!
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Old 22-10-2017, 07:00   #2
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Not sure the goal of television should be to produce shows that nobody could be offended to watch.

Forgot this was on, will watch it tonight.

But yes they do seem to be trying to copy HBO and the likes of Netflix and Amazon, they all seem to be a knock off of something else.
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Old 22-10-2017, 08:52   #3
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There's an article on the BBC where Kit Harrington has said all of it is historically accurate. They persecuted catholics and hung, draw, and quartered people.

He also said he is descended from Robert Catesby, the real bloke behind the Gunpowder Plot.
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Old 22-10-2017, 09:34   #4
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He also said he is descended from Robert Catesby, the real bloke behind the Gunpowder Plot.
He is descended to him via his mother as her maiden name as it was Catesby and it is his middle name which is why he was keen to produce this to show the real story behind the events.
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Old 22-10-2017, 10:01   #5
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Was this any good? I avoided watching it because I decided it was going to be another lightweight BBC attempt at being dramatic.
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No opinions on this?

Watched all three episodes and thought it was mostly meh. Got the feeling they threw in the torture scenes to keep viewers awake, the rest of it seemed quite drawn out (no pun intended). Probably could've done with just being a two parter.
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I watched it to the end, went out with a whimper really, after E1 I was fairly hopeful but it meandered around a lot, it felt to me like key pillars of the story were glossed over too briefly in favour of other bits of padding.

The final stand scene at the end was... laughable.
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Glad to hear it, I didnt watch it on the basis of a) too much on at th emoment and b) it wasn't that long ago when I watched Jimmy McGovern's version of the tale and I doubt this can compete with that revered writer.

Glad to hear I made the right decision!
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Watched the first episode, they should have called it "hey look, we've got Jon Snow to be in this, we called the agent and assumed he'd pass and we'd get a more minor GoT character to do an immitation, but he agreed so we rewrote it to show more of him looking sulky"

But it was alright and I'll watch the next episode, which is more I can say for a lot of the recent BBC output
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