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Seasons:
1
Release Date:
10 June 2000 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
77 generations built the kingdom of Gormenghast... Will one kitchen boy bring it down? See more »
Plot:
A villain threatens the rise of a new earl in an ancient kingdom. Full summary »
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Awards:
4 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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(12 articles)
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Good looking adaptation See more (58 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast [18])

Celia Imrie ... Lady Gertrude (4 episodes, 2000)

Christopher Lee ... Flay (4 episodes, 2000)

Warren Mitchell ... Barquentine (4 episodes, 2000)

Neve McIntosh ... Lady Fuchsia (4 episodes, 2000)

Jonathan Rhys Meyers ... Steerpike (4 episodes, 2000)

John Sessions ... Dr. Prunesquallor (4 episodes, 2000)

Fiona Shaw ... Irma Prunesquallor (4 episodes, 2000)
June Brown ... Nannie Slagg (3 episodes, 2000)

Lynsey Baxter ... Cora Groan (3 episodes, 2000)

Zoë Wanamaker ... Clarice Groan (3 episodes, 2000)
George Antoni ... Bookman (3 episodes, 2000)
Sean Hughes ... Poet (3 episodes, 2000)

Stephen Fry ... Professor Bellgrove (2 episodes, 2000)

Richard Griffiths ... Swelter (2 episodes, 2000)

Ian Richardson ... Lord Groan (2 episodes, 2000)
Windsor Davies ... Rottcodd (2 episodes, 2000)

Olga Sosnovska ... Keda (2 episodes, 2000)

Eric Sykes ... Mollocks (2 episodes, 2000)
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Series Directed by
Andy Wilson (4 episodes, 2000)
 
Series Writing credits
Malcolm McKay (4 episodes, 2000)
Mervyn Peake (4 episodes, 2000)

Series Produced by
Al Burgess .... line producer (4 episodes, 2000)
Estelle Daniel .... producer (4 episodes, 2000)
Rebecca Eaton .... executive producer: WGBH (4 episodes, 2000)
Hilary Salmon .... executive producer: BBC (4 episodes, 2000)
Michael Wearing .... executive producer: BBC (4 episodes, 2000)
 
Series Original Music by
Richard Rodney Bennett (4 episodes, 2000)
 
Series Cinematography by
Gavin Finney (4 episodes, 2000)
 
Series Film Editing by
Paul Tothill (4 episodes, 2000)
 
Series Casting by
Marilyn Johnson (4 episodes, 2000)
 
Series Production Design by
Christopher Hobbs (4 episodes, 2000)
 
Series Art Direction by
David Hindle (4 episodes, 2000)
Andrew Munro (4 episodes, 2000)
 
Series Costume Design by
Odile Dicks-Mireaux (4 episodes, 2000)
 
Series Makeup Department
Diane Chenery-Wickens .... makeup artist (4 episodes, 2000)
Julie Dartnell .... makeup artist (4 episodes, 2000)
Christine Greenwood .... makeup designer (4 episodes, 2000)
Joan Hills .... makeup designer (4 episodes, 2000)
Liz Michie .... hairdresser (4 episodes, 2000)
Sandra Shepherd .... makeup artist (4 episodes, 2000)
David White .... prosthetics (4 episodes, 2000)
 
Series Production Management
David Mason .... production manager (4 episodes, 2000)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Giles Butler .... second assistant director (4 episodes, 2000)
Matthew Cope .... second unit director (4 episodes, 2000)
Alex Gibb .... third assistant director (4 episodes, 2000)

Ryan Green .... additional assistant director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Department
Alan Chesters .... construction (4 episodes, 2000)
Joshua Critcher .... stand-by props (4 episodes, 2000)
Martin Duffy .... construction (4 episodes, 2000)
Trisha Edwards .... set dresser (4 episodes, 2000)
Wesley Peppiatt .... stand-by props (4 episodes, 2000)
Raymond Perry .... props master (4 episodes, 2000)
Ben Smith .... assistant art director (4 episodes, 2000)
Tom Wales .... assistant art director (4 episodes, 2000)
David Ned Kelly .... supervising carpenter (2 episodes, 2000)

Annushka Russell .... art assistant (unknown episodes)
Tom Still .... set designer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Keith Batten .... boom operator (4 episodes, 2000)
Paul Carr .... dubbing mixer (4 episodes, 2000)
Lee Crichlow .... dubbing editor (4 episodes, 2000)
Alistair Crocker .... sound recordist (4 episodes, 2000)
Jon Hemming .... dubbing editor (4 episodes, 2000)

Peter Gleaves .... adr mixer (unknown episodes, 2000)
Ben Norrington .... adr editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Special Effects by
Tom Harris .... special effects (4 episodes, 2000)
Russ Perkin .... special effects technician (4 episodes, 2000)

Nicky O'Sullivan .... special effects technician (unknown episodes)
Graham Riddell .... animatronics designer (unknown episodes)
Chris Watson .... shatterglass effects (unknown episodes)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Angela Bailey .... visual effects editor (4 episodes, 2000)
Simon Giles .... visual effects supervisor (4 episodes, 2000)
Nigel Stone .... model photography (4 episodes, 2000)

Serena Cacciato .... special effects animator (unknown episodes)
Alan Church .... visual effects producer (unknown episodes)
Virginie Degorgue .... assistant scenic artist/prop painter (unknown episodes)
Alan Maiden .... visual effects (unknown episodes)
Jason McDonald .... lead animator (unknown episodes)
Chris Petts .... special effects animator (unknown episodes)
Trevor Young .... 3D effects coordinator: The Film Factory at VTR (unknown episodes)
 
Series Stunts
Andy Bradford .... stunt coordinator (4 episodes, 2000)

Steve Griffin .... stunts (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Simon Finney .... focus puller (4 episodes, 2000)
Tony Hannington .... rigging gaffer (4 episodes, 2000)
Terry Hunt .... gaffer (4 episodes, 2000)
Dick Lee .... crane grip (4 episodes, 2000)
Rod Marley .... clapper loader (4 episodes, 2000)
Richard Potter .... best boy (4 episodes, 2000)
Mike Proudfoot .... camera operator (4 episodes, 2000)
Tony Turner .... camera grip (4 episodes, 2000)
Tom Brown .... electrician (3 episodes, 2000)
Dick Conway .... electrician (3 episodes, 2000)
Graham Driscoll .... electrician (3 episodes, 2000)
Phil Penfold .... electrician (3 episodes, 2000)
Robert Diebelius .... stand-by rigger (2 episodes, 2000)

Jack English .... still photographer (unknown episodes)
Danny Espey .... electrician (unknown episodes)
Amy Gilliam .... assistant camera: second unit (unknown episodes)
Karl Morgan .... focus puller: second/model unit (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Barbara Harrington .... wardrobe assistant (4 episodes, 2000)
Carin Hoff .... assistant costume designer (4 episodes, 2000)
Samantha Mealing .... wardrobe assistant (4 episodes, 2000)
Sara Meek .... wardrobe assistant (4 episodes, 2000)
Marion Weise .... assistant costume designer (4 episodes, 2000)
 
Series Editorial Department
Mark Gravil .... assembly editor (1 episode, 2000)
 
Series Music Department
John Tavener .... composer: choral music (3 episodes, 2000)

Jake Arditti .... musician (unknown episodes)
John Wilson .... orchestrator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Other crew
Phyl Allarie .... production coordinator (4 episodes, 2000)
Sue Clark .... animal consultant (4 episodes, 2000)
Chris Dall .... runner (4 episodes, 2000)
Sarah Fisher .... production accountant (4 episodes, 2000)
Steve Harty .... animal consultant (4 episodes, 2000)
Karen Jones .... script supervisor (4 episodes, 2000)
Howard Kingston .... production executive (4 episodes, 2000)
Mark Sparrow .... script editor (4 episodes, 2000)
Maggie Anson .... contracts executive (2 episodes, 2000)
Richard Bonehill .... sword master (2 episodes, 2000)
Peter Eardley .... assistant accountant (2 episodes, 2000)
Nicholas Hopkins .... floor runner (2 episodes, 2000)
Ashley Russell .... assistant to producer (2 episodes, 2000)
Eleanor Watmore .... secretary to producer (2 episodes, 2000)

Rosie Bedford-Stradling .... unit nurse (unknown episodes)
 

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Runtime:
232 min (4 parts)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
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 »
Quotes:
Barquentine:Damn his Lordship! Where is he?See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Goodbye 2000 (2000) (TV)See more »

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Is this mini-series based on a novel?
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15 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Good looking adaptation, 5 January 2000
Author: Dodger-9 from York

This looks like being the year of big budget gothic adventure (all featuring Christopher Lee) with Sleepy Hollow packing them in at multiplexes around Britain and The Lord of the Rings trilogy currently shooting in New Zealand - not to mention this lavish mini-series which is one of the biggest fantasy productions ever staged on British TV.

Gormenghast spent five years in production and it seems like all the hard work was worth the wait.

With an impressive cast including Celia Imrie, John Sessions, Warren Mitchell and Jonathan Rhys Myers, the BBC have ensured that Mervyn Peake's classic tale of murder, seduction and tragic events striking the family of a crumbling castle is a faithful version of a literary classic.

At one point, Sting owned the rights to the books and was planning to star in a movie version - he settled for playing Steerpike in an adaptation from 1984.

It's perhaps best that this ended up as a TV drama: The plot and scale of the original material is far too dense to do justice in a two hour movie.

The casting is excellent, the special effects are fine and direction by Andy Wilson is assured.

Well worth a look.

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