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Gormenghast: Neil Gaiman reveals movie talks

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Plans are afoot to bring Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast novels to the movies - and Neil Gaiman is involved...

Now here's some exciting news. Mervyn Peake's series of Gormenghast novels looks like it's heading to the movies - and Neil Gaiman is heavily involved.

Gaiman's long been a fan of Peake's series, and on his Twitter feed, he dropped the news of a potential film adaptation. But don't take our word for it. Here's the Tweet from the man himself...

Tomorrow we start talking to studios, and will soon find out which of them wants to make Mervyn Peake's wonderful Gormenghast as a movie.

Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) December 9, 2015

This is news that's pretty much landed out of nowhere, but we're excited to hear it.

Gormenghast was the subject of a television production starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Christopher Lee back in 2000, but the stories of
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The best Christmas 2014 TV and radio

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We’ve scanned the UK Christmas TV and radio schedules for the festive fortnight and circled a few programmes you may enjoy…

We’ve taken our glittery pen to the pages of this year’s festive TV Listings guide to circle a selection of shows that might tickle your Christmas fancy.

Supplement your festive box-set viewing with appearances from the Doctor and Clara, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, Dame Judi Dench, Professor Danielle George, the work of Roald Dahl, Charlie Brooker, David Attenborough, the much-missed Rik Mayall, and many more...

Drama Doctor Who: Last Christmas

The tenth annual Doctor Who Christmas Special since the show’s 2005 return, and Peter Capaldi’s first real festive Tardis adventure. Nick Frost, Michael Troughton, Dan Starkey and Nathan McMullen all co-star in this Father Christmas North Pole caper, alongside Capaldi and Jenna Coleman. Watch the latest trailer, here.

When’s it on? 6.15pm on Christmas Day,
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The Once And Future King dramatisation coming to BBC R4

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T.H. White’s Arthurian fantasy classic will air as a six-part radio drama on BBC R4 this November…

Following on from its Dangerous Visions sci-fi season, and before this December’s Good Omens adaptation, the BBC Radio 4 drama department is serving up yet more glorious geek fare in the form of a six-part dramatisation of T.H White’s The Once And Future King.

White’s tetralogy of books, largely written in the early Second World War though first published collectively in 1958, tells the legend of Arthur’s apprenticeship to wizard Merlyn as a young boy, the inception of the Round Table at Camelot and King Arthur’s struggles as ruler, dealings with Morgause and Mordred, and the relationship between Queen Guenever and Sir Lancelot.

As well as wry humour and action romps, a thread of political debate over the philosophy that “might is right” runs throughout White’s book,
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Inside No 9: Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton on Psychoville, Saki and werewolves

The League of Gentlemen stars and creators of Inside No 9 interview each other to get answers to the big questions. Like who's got a pickled werewolf foetus at home

While their friend Mark Gatiss has travelled with his writing to the heart of mainstream TV (Doctor Who, Sherlock), Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton have been happy to till their own patch of marshy ground outside its walls. Once co-stars in The League Of Gentlemen, the noughties comedy chiller about the inhabitants of a bereft northern town called Royston Vasey, the pair have since developed their acting careers while delving further into the grotesque for two series of their BBC2 show Psychoville. For their new project – the funny and occasionally troubling Inside No 9 – they have reprised the "anthology" series' format for six stories about the secrets that lie behind our front doors. Who better to uncover their darkest thoughts than each other?
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Catch-up TV guide: from Sherlock to Mr Pye

Sherlock | It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia | The 7.39 | Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee | Mr Pye

TV: Sherlock

Depending on who you ask, Sherlock is either still redoubtably brilliant or has descended into plot-averse mawkishness in its divisive third series. Either way, we can surely agree on one thing: any show that pisses off Boris Johnson can't be all bad. The final episode of its current run airs Sunday, while you can catch all three eps over on the iPlayer.

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TV: It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia

Routinely ignored by acquisitions departments over here – bar a brief run on the now-defunct Bravo channel – the degenerates of Always Sunny have instead found a grubby corner for themselves on Netflix, which has just added the show's ninth season to its roster. Age certainly hasn't blunted the show's astringent edge: the most recent season tackles gun control, financial mismanagement and the fact that
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David Louis Edelman – Introduction to Mervyn Peake’s Titus Alone

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Did Mervyn Peake go mad writing Titus Alone, or does Titus Alone merely predict his madness? Is it a work of dystopian science fiction, or a work of psychological symbolism? Is the book a terse masterpiece, or is it just the half-formed ravings of a crumbling mind?

What the heck is this book you’re holding?

Let’s start with the facts. Mervyn Peake was a noted artist and illustrator of children’s books who spent his formative years in China. He published the novels Titus Groan (1946) and Gormenghast (1950) to excellent reviews, though not resounding commercial success. After the failure of his play The Wit to Woo (1957), Peake suffered a nervous breakdown. Parkinson’s disease, electroshock therapy, and brain surgery would follow over the next decade. Peake spent his last years in institutions, finally passing away in November of 1968. His works would dip briefly into obscurity and academic disfavor — Kingsley Amis
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Incoming Books: Brody’s Ghost, Monsters, Art d’Ecco, and more

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The end of the year is fast approaching, which means Certain People (I name no names) realize that they need to use up their vacation days or lose them.

Changing subjects entirely, today I took off from work, and most of what I did was bop into the city to do some book-shopping. (I had a vague idea of doing Xmas shopping as well, and even walked quickly through part of that agglomeration of festive selling huts in Union Square, but that portion of the day’s festivities was not successful.)

First I hit Forbidden Planet — pretty much as an aperitif — which I hadn’t been in for several years. (My mental map of Fp is from the days when they had back issues in the basement — yes, that long ago.) I got issues of two comics for the boys, and also two extremely different graphic novels:

Brody’s Ghost,
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Random House to publish final Gormenghast book

Titus Awakes, written by Mervyn Peake's widow based on notes left by the author to complete the sequence, set for publication in 2011

Three weeks after it emerged that Mervyn Peake's wife had written a fourth book in her husband's acclaimed Gormenghast trilogy, Random House has seen off stiff competition from other publishers to acquire rights in the novel.

Peake died from Parkinson's in 1968, leaving behind a page-and-a-half of notes about his plans for Titus Awakes, a fourth book in his classic fantasy series. His wife, Maeve Gilmore, wrote the novel, but it had been hidden in a south London attic since she died in 1983. The couple's granddaughter, Christian, recently discovered it while the family was clearing out the loft.

Three publishers expressed interest in publishing the book, but Random House imprint Vintage Classics triumphed, paying a "significant" sum to acquire rights in Titus Awakes. The novel opens as
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