UK / BBC Two / 2×100 minute episodes (see note) / Broadcast 14-21 March 2004
Writer: Jimmy McGovern / Director: Gillies MacKinnon / Producers: Gun Neal, AJ Wands
Period drama told in two parts with separate casts. In the first story Mary Queen of Scots arrives from France to take up her Scottish throne where her Catholicism clashes with Protestant Scotland.
The second story sees Mary’s son, James, as an adult taking up his throne in England and foiling a plot to blow up parliament with gunpowder.
NOTE: Initially billed as a four-part series – The first story was shown as two distinct episodes shown back-to-back as a double-bill; the second story was shown as a single double-length episode. Both stories are probably available to be packaged in either manner.
CLEMENCE POESY as Mary, Queen of Scots
KEVIN McKIDD as Bothwell
CATHERINE McCORMACK as Queen Elizabeth I
STEVEN DUFFY as Lord James
DANIELA NARDINI as Lady Huntly
PAUL NICHOLLS as Lord Damley
ROBERT CARLYLE as James I
SIRA STAMPE as Anne of Denmark
TIM McINNERNY as Cecil
IAIN ROBERTSON as Huntly
RICHARD COYLE as Catesby
EMILIA FOX as Lady Margaret
MICHAEL FASSBENDER as Guy Fawkes