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:
 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)
Sean Hughes ...
 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

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Steerpike: Help me, I'm starving.
Lady Fuchsia: Don't touch me.
Steerpike: Listen to me...
Lady Fuchsia: Don't touch!
Steerpike: Listen to me. Please! I did it; I admit it. I killed Flay. You know that, don't you? I killed your aunts, I burnt the library... It was me! I burnt your father's books. I drove him mad - He killed himself because of me. But I did it all for you...
Lady Fuchsia: I hate you.
Steerpike: I did it all so I could be in a place where you would see me.
Lady Fuchsia: I don't want to see you!
Steerpike: You love me! I'm ugly and I'm disgusting and you love me. You love me because I'm ...
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Almost Wonderful
10 February 2002 | by See all my reviews

No, all of it doesn't work, but enough of it does that it's a welcome respite from the childishness of Lord of the Rings.

At least this story isn't about a bunch of Cub Scouts on a Quest. And it's nice to have women characters who aren't simply hallucinations out of Burne-Jones paintings.

Good acting, inconsistent direction. A perfect change of pace for fantasy lovers, with a lovely musical score to boot.

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