Up 999 this week

Gormenghast (2000)

TV Mini-Series  |  Unrated  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.6/10 from 2,490 users  
Reviews: 58 user | 10 critic

A villain threatens the rise of a new earl in an ancient kingdom.

0Check in

On Disc

at Amazon




4 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Tangled (2001)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A young man is found bruised, beaten and stumbling down a secluded road. As the police try to piece together what happened, the convoluted relationship between a young woman and her two ... See full summary »

Director: Jay Lowi
Stars: Rachael Leigh Cook, Shawn Hatosy, Jonathan Rhys Meyers
The Magnificent Ambersons (TV Movie 2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

The spoiled rotten and utterly unlikable rich kid George Amberson becomes horrified when his recently widowed mother rekindles her relationship with the wealthy Eugene Morgan, who she left ... See full summary »

Director: Alfonso Arau
Stars: Madeleine Stowe, Bruce Greenwood, Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Elvis (TV Movie 2005)
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A chronicle of the life of Elvis Presley (Rhys Meyers), from his humble beginnings to his rise to international stardom.

Director: James Steven Sadwith
Stars: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Randy Quaid, Rose McGowan
The Tesseract (2003)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A psychologist, an Englishman, a bellboy and a wounded female assasin have their fates crossed at a sleazy Bangkok hotel.

Director: Oxide Chun Pang
Stars: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Saskia Reeves, Alexander Rendell
The Lion in Winter (TV Movie 2003)
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

King Henry II (Patrick Stewart) keeps his wife, Eleanor (Glenn Close) locked away in the towers because of her frequent attempts to overthrow him. With Eleanor out of the way he can have ... See full summary »

Director: Andrey Konchalovskiy
Stars: Glenn Close, Andrew Howard, Antal Konrád
The Tribe (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Property developer Jamie has to evict some weird, post-modern hippies from a building. But they slowly drag him into their dark underworld of bizarre rituals and dangerous liaisons.

Director: Stephen Poliakoff
Stars: Joely Richardson, Jeremy Northam, Anna Friel
Adventure | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

At an undisclosed location and time an Empress has seven years to provide her Emperor with an heir to his throne. If she does not succeed during this time, the Emperor is free to marry a ... See full summary »

Director: Julien Vrebos
Stars: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Max Beesley, Rosana Pastor
B. Monkey (1998)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A young woman attempts to end her criminal career. But she needs love to make it.

Director: Michael Radford
Stars: Asia Argento, Jared Harris, Rupert Everett
The Governess (1998)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

When the father of privileged Rosina da Silva violently dies, she decides to pass herself off as a gentile and finds employment with a family in faraway Scotland. Soon she and the family ... See full summary »

Director: Sandra Goldbacher
Stars: Minnie Driver, Tom Wilkinson, Florence Hoath
The Mists of Avalon (TV Mini-Series 2001)
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Based on the bestseller by Marion Zimmer Bradley It tells the story of the women behind King Arthur; including his mother, Igraine; his half-sister, Morgaine; his aunt Viviane, the Lady of ... See full summary »

Stars: Anjelica Huston, Julianna Margulies, Joan Allen
Octane (2003)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

While on a late night road trip home, a woman must save her rebellious teenage daughter who runs off with a bizarre group of blood-letting psychos.

Director: Marcus Adams
Stars: Madeleine Stowe, Norman Reedus, Bijou Phillips
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

English-language adaptation of Albert Cohen's epic Swiss tale of a tortured love affair between a high-ranking Jewish official and the protestant wife of one of his employees.

Director: Glenio Bonder
Stars: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Natalia Vodianova, Ed Stoppard


Series cast summary:
 Lady Gertrude (4 episodes, 2000)
 Flay (4 episodes, 2000)
 Barquentine (4 episodes, 2000)
 Lady Fuchsia (4 episodes, 2000)
 Steerpike (4 episodes, 2000)
 Dr. Prunesquallor (4 episodes, 2000)
 Irma Prunesquallor (4 episodes, 2000)
June Brown ...
 Nannie Slagg (3 episodes, 2000)
Lynsey Baxter ...
 Cora Groan (3 episodes, 2000)
 Clarice Groan (3 episodes, 2000)
George Antoni ...
 Bookman (3 episodes, 2000)
 Poet (3 episodes, 2000)
 Professor Bellgrove (2 episodes, 2000)
 Swelter (2 episodes, 2000)
 Lord Groan (2 episodes, 2000)
Windsor Davies ...
 Rottcodd (2 episodes, 2000)
 Keda (2 episodes, 2000)
 Mollocks (2 episodes, 2000)


Gormenghast is an ancient city-state which primarily consists of a rambling and crumbling castle. The narrative, based on the first two of the three Gormenghast novels by Mervyn Peake, begins with the birth of a son, Titus, to the 76th Earl, Sepulchrave Groan, and Countess Gertrude. This mismatched pair (he'd prefer the melancholy privacy of his library; she'd prefer the company of her menagerie of cats and birds) also have a teenaged daughter, Fuchsia, who resents her new brother but comes to love him dearly. Simultaneously, a young kitchen apprentice, Steerpike, takes advantage of an altercation between head cook Swelter and the Earl's manservant, Mr. Flay, and escapes from the kitchens. Gormenghast is rigidly feudal in structure, but Steerpike has ambitions. He befriends the imaginative, yearning Fuchsia, and through her becomes apprenticed to the castle physician, Dr. Prunesquallor, who lives with his man-hunting sister Irma. This position allows Steerpike to work his way into the... Written by G.M. Baxter

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


77 generations built the kingdom of Gormenghast... Will one kitchen boy bring it down? See more »


Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:



Official Sites:





Release Date:

10 June 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Темное королевство  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


(4 parts)

Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Author Mervyn Peake's granddaughters appear as extras in the movie. See more »


Irma: [shouts] Why do you never listen to me?
See more »


Spin-off The Boy in Darkness (2000) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Real World - Gormenghast
20 September 2002 | by (Falun, Sweden) – See all my reviews

I've read Mervyn Peake's books over and over again. To me, the story of Titus Groan, 77'th earl of Gormenghast, is one that can actually compete with Tolkien's "The Lord Of The Rings".

So what do I think about the mini series? Well, obviously no one would dare do what Peter Jackson and New Line Cinema did with the aforementioned movie, so I guess a four part mini series was the next best thing. (Although I would have loved to see this in a cinema!) Good actors and an excitingly stylistic production makes this a worthwhile four hours. Some has been left out, of course, but there's still plenty of material left to build the characters of the story.

This is not a fantasy movie. It has no or few classic fantasy elements at all in it. I would rather see it as a fantastic movie, where the laws of the "normal" world aren't broken - just a little bent out of shape...

Gormenghast will provide a glimpse into our own world, and even though it's not always pretty, it's always done in beautiful colors.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Steerpike: Love or loathe? staceycarrs
Favorite character Poppycockevil
How do you pronounce the title? prozakkittie
who agrees? airhead_baby89
will this ruin the books for me? glass_prison
Titus? Groan!! jonathan-field
Discuss Gormenghast (2000) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: