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)
George Antoni ...
 Bookman (3 episodes, 2000)
Lynsey Baxter ...
 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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The white rook in the series was originally intended to be digitally added in post production. In the lead up to shooting, however, the director stumbled upon an article about a child that had found and rescued a rare albino Raven. The Raven was found and given to a bird trainer who taught the animal basic responses. In order to acclimatize the bird to listening to the loud voice of Lady Groan, the trainer often played heavy metal music in the aviary. See more »

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Barquentine: Damn his Lordship! Where is he?
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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.


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