Gunpowder: Guy Fawkes drama violence upsets viewers

A BBC drama about the gunpowder plot has drawn criticism for its violence. One viewer labelled an execution scene in Gunpowder “grotesque and completely unnecessary”, while another called it “one of the most painful things I’ve ever witnessed on TV”. The drama, starring Game of Thrones’ Kit Harington, tells of the 1605 plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament. The BBC said said the offending scenes were “grounded in historical fact” and reflected what took place at the time. The first episode, shown on Saturday, showed a woman being…

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