He's due to star in Gunpowder, a new three-part drama about the 1605 Gunpowder Plot due to air in the United Kingdom this fall, and the BBC just released photos and a short promo video with the caption "Autumn is coming". It will air on Saturday nights on BBC1 this autumn. He was caught in the act of stockpiling explosives under the Houses of Parliament on November 5, 1605, before being subjected to weeks of torture, and an execution so gruesome it makes the bloodiest episode of Game of Thrones look like a walk in the park. Featuring Kit Harington as Catesby, Liv Tyler as Catesby's cousin Lady Anne Vaux, who becomes embroiled in the plot, and Edward Holcroft as fellow conspirator Thomas Wintour.
Peter Mullan (Top Of The Lake), Shaun Dooley (Broadchurch) and Robert Emms (Happy Valley) will also star in the series, of which Harington is a co-executive producer.
The specially-filmed, 30-second teaser - seen below - follows a trail of gunpowder into a cellar where Guy Fawkes (Tom Cullen) sits in wait. Narrated by Harington's character, it describes his current situation and outlines his plan to kill the king and destroy Parliament, the seat of British government. "At the same time a deadly cat and mouse game is played out with [King James I's spymaster Chief Robert] Cecil's [Mark Gatiss] ruthless spy network".
The period thriller has been written by Ronan Bennett, himself a onetime Irish Republican activist, and will be directed by J Blakeson. Early Monday morning, BBC One released the first teaser for its new miniseries Gunpowder, which stars the King of the North. Ollie Madden serves as executive producer for Kudos alongside Matthew Read for the BBC. Laurie Borg is producing.
Endemol Shine International is handling international distribution.