Gormenghast (2000)

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

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

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Christopher Lee was an acquaintance of the author of the books, Mervyn Peake. See more »

Quotes

Steerpike: I understand!
Lady Fuchsia: No, you don't!
Steerpike: If I understand anything, I understand anger. And that's because I understand what it feels like to be rejected. And don't think I don't understand loneliness too.
Lady Fuchsia: I'm sorry!
[throws herself in his arms before soon after jerking away from him again]
Lady Fuchsia: No! No, this is horrible! YOU'RE horrible! You leave me alone! Never come near me!
[runs off]
Steerpike: [to himself] I can wait...
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Gormenghastly
31 January 2000 | by (Winchester, UK) – See all my reviews

I first read the Gormenghast trilogy three years ago. Like most people who have read the books, I enjoyed them immensely. When I heard that the BBC had made a series, I was over the moon and re-read the books.

The cast were superb, especially Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Cecilia Imrie. I also enjoyed the sets and scenery, and the program makers should be congratulated for not giving us a dark, dank gothic pile.

It all looked very promising - yet somehow it fell flat. I think the main reason is that, compared to the books, there is far less subtlety in the characters. The character Steerpike is a victim of this. Instead of being a person who is highly intelligent, he occasionally seems rather foolish in his actions.

The plot has also been modified, and barely a single line from the book remains intact. Several events have been inserted (and several key ones removed!).

The main problem is that the books have a strange and surreal quality to them that it is hard to transfer to the screen. The same problem occurs with Wuthering Heights, and therefore most adaptations can never capture the spirit of the original book.


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