A villain threatens the rise of a new earl in an ancient kingdom.
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 Barquentine (4 episodes, 2000)
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 Lady Gertrude (4 episodes, 2000)
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 Steerpike (4 episodes, 2000)
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 Dr. Prunesquallor (4 episodes, 2000)
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 Flay (4 episodes, 2000)
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 Lady Fuchsia (4 episodes, 2000)
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 Irma Prunesquallor (4 episodes, 2000)
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 Clarice Groan (3 episodes, 2000)
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 Bookman (3 episodes, 2000)
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 Cora Groan (3 episodes, 2000)
June Brown ...
 Nannie Slagg (3 episodes, 2000)
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 Poet (3 episodes, 2000)
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 Lord Groan (2 episodes, 2000)
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 Professor Bellgrove (2 episodes, 2000)
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 Swelter (2 episodes, 2000)
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 Mollocks (2 episodes, 2000)
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 Rottcodd (2 episodes, 2000)
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 Keda (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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To create a sense of scale and depth when they were photographed, the castle miniatures were placed into large tanks of water to which disinfectant (Jeyes Fluid) had also been added to make it slightly cloudy. The post production house responsible for compositing and other special effects were in awe of the skills and ingenuity of the traditional model makers, but exasperated by the variability of the images that this "organic" method generated, making their colour-correction and image matching tasks much more difficult than with computer generated images. See more »

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Barquentine: Damn his Lordship! Where is he?
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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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