A villain threatens the rise of a new earl in an ancient kingdom.
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4 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Series cast summary:
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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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Storyline

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


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Unrated | See all certifications »

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10 June 2000 (USA)  »

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Темное королевство  »

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Author Mervyn Peake's granddaughters appear as extras in the movie. 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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Connections

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

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User Reviews

 
It's so hard to find outstanding villians these days.
9 January 2003 | by (Toronto) – See all my reviews

WOW! Outstanding in every respect. Original, bold, fresh, topped off by outstanding acting by all, but most notably, Christopher Lee. One of the BBC's FINEST. Setting and costumes are impressive and unique to say the least. Cinematography once again, worth mentioning. Nothing mundane here, all around impressive. Characters, unlike most of the crud we get from Hollywood have some depth, which was more than welcome with me. It's so rare that characters actually capture you for their uniqueness; my personal favotire is Mr. Steerpike. All you have to do to see what I mean by villian with depth is watch this, and then something like Die Another day. This character relies on his witts rather than his muscles. I wanted so much for him to achieve his goal, but then realized...well, you didn't think I would tell you everything did you?? Watch it, a truly remarkable film.


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