Gunpowder Plot Draws Controversy

And it’s 2017, how weird is that?

The newest BBC drama, Gunpowder has received a few complaints about the level of violence in the show. The show’s creators have defended it, however, as the show is historically accurate to how certain people were prosecuted.

The plot focuses on the infamous Gunpowder Plot, in which Guy Fawkes and Robert Catesby planned to blow up Parliament in 1605. The drama stars Kit Harrington and Tom Cullen. The first episode was shown on Saturday and involved two gory scenes that made certain viewers uncomfortable.

One included a woman being pressed to death and another showed a priest being disembowelled. Pretty nasty stuff, but the show did explicitly warn before it began that there would be gore in the programme and was shown after the watershed.

Ofcom received several complaints and passed them on to the BBC, however, the corporation would not confirm how many direct complaints it had received.

While there were those who complained, many stood by the show:

Another odd fact, Kit Harrington is playing an ancestor of his. Seriously. This is also the first time Harington has ever produced too.

All three episodes are available on BBC iPlayer.