Episode 1

Written by Ronan Bennett
Directed by J Blakeson

In England, 1603, following the death of Elizabeth I, English Catholics are persecuted and mass is forbidden under the rule of King James I.

A small, secret ceremony in Warwickshire is interrupted by the King's men, who are searching for a young Jesuit priest. When the priest and the lady of the house, Dorothy Dibdale, are captured and gruesomely executed, young nobleman, Robert Catesby, resolves to avenge his kin and defend his faith by any means necessary.

In London, Secretary of State Lord Robert Cecil advises the King that he should bring down a heavy hand on the papists, ordering William Wade, Lieutenant of the Tower of London, to hunt down Catesby and Father Henry Garnet, the head Catholic in England.

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