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Release Date:
10 June 2000 (USA) See more »
77 generations built the kingdom of Gormenghast... Will one kitchen boy bring it down? See more »
A villain threatens the rise of a new earl in an ancient kingdom. Full summary »
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4 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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What a waste of a great book and a stellar cast. See more (58 total) »


 (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)

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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232 min (4 parts)
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

The miniatures of Gormenghast Castle were made by the same department that made the futuristic Hyde Park "Xanadu" Hotel Tower for Dennis Potter's last TV series "Cold Lazarus".See more »
Steerpike:Why is it that some people starve and others have so much they waste it?See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Goodbye 2000 (2000) (TV)See more »


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22 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
What a waste of a great book and a stellar cast., 8 June 2002
Author: Wynne ( from USA

My full agreement with the fellow who said "the scriptwriters should be executed".

Perhaps the worst thing about Gormenghast is the horrendous, galling waste of what could have potentially been the best movie ever made. Look at those actors! Anyone who can say "the movie was faithful to the book" is either comparing it to the most outlandishly unfaithful adaptations of all time or simply did not read the same novels I read (and I read them before the movie, so you know I'm going to be riled... although I am generally very open-minded and don't expect a movie to match a book exactly, I )

Some of the warpings are forgivable and understandable, but far too many are appalling. Most notable is the way that they tore the heart out of Fuschia's chest and stuffed it into Steerpike's, ruining what is perhaps the most captivating aspect of Mervyn Peake's generally spellbinding fiction--that is, besides the gothic beauty (which ended up as campy bright pastel fantasy castles in the movie).

In the books, Steerpike is not a 'nice guy deep down' who just goes wrong because he isn't loved by the foolish, selfish woman. I suspect the scriptwriters were misogynists. No, in the books, Steerpike is perhaps the most compelling and hideous villain ever concocted... exactly what makes him so unique is that he is at once ~entirely sympathetic~ and ~entirely wicked~. No, wicked is not the word... more like soulless, heartless, devoid of any human emotion. He values... ~things~, not people. That Mervyn Peake has written him so it takes you nearly the entire series, up until the VERY end to finally hate him with a black passion that will never die, is quite a marvel. How brilliantly the author sets you up.

Fuschia, in the movie, is nothing but a brat who never grows into a woman--in fact, she worsens into a brainless child with no willingness to choose love over safety. This is flagrant reversal of the true character.

Fuschia was THE most sympathetic character in the entire book. At the end, I literally felt like all the beauty had gone out of the world. I cried my heart out as if my own sister was lost to me. She would never have rejected Steerpike, NEVER! She would have sooner cut her own throat! She was bored with the stuffiness and suffocated by the traditions and so full of loneliness and heartache deep down. She was smart and had a good heart, but she had no real pride--she was just brought up in nobility, and her prejudices were an idiocy she grew out of. She longed for someone to care about and love her... the reason she rejected Steerpike in the end was because despite how high she held her torch for him, some part of her always knew that he had no soul underneath that charm. When he spoke to her in anger and was violent with her, that was the last straw. Good for her. A brave and true heroine, if a tragic and slightly pathetic one.

There are good points to the movie, but the fact that they are present in such a chaotic caricature of the true story just makes it all the more painful. It is upsetting to me that it started out rather well but became unbearable towards the end. There were also some bad actors (including the bore of a snore who butchered Fuschia), particularly whoever did grave injustice to Sepulchrave, who in the book was not a tubby unprepossessing white-haired man which you would remember with a snort as 'the hooting loony'. Below I will list those that made the film bearable.

I actually liked all three Tituses. Very similar to the way I pictured them, and though young, I found them quite talented... and surprisingly, I liked Titus himself ~better~ in the movie than the book. The only difference, but still, one good thing I can say.

Jonathan Rhys-Meyers is utterly spectacular. I was so thrilled when I heard he was playing Steerpike; I knew only he could do the role. Sadly, he was not given the chance, as he was handed a fake, watered-down/dumbed-down version of that role.

Gertrude was the one perfect point. Not only did they not really butcher her character, but everything about her in the movie was frighteningly similar to my imaginings, indeed, beyond my wildest dreams and too a spooky degree. Every gesture, every detail, her physical appearances, her apparent moods, her facial expressions, her hair, her size, her voice, EVERYTHING was perfect.

Flay, Christopher Lee as we know him, was of course brilliant. Not quite how I would have imagined Flay looking, but he acted Flay so well that I didn't really care, and he is the right height for it. Just beautiful.

I suppose on the whole I would still recommend the movie for these fine performances... but please, DON'T just say to yourself "I'll watch the movie first." It's not worth it. A good number of the 'actors' are putrid, and the sights and sounds of this miniseries will ruin all the lovely mental images Mervyn Peake could have created in your mind. Better to have them established ~before~ you see it, so that afterwards, you can more easily pick and choose as you like.

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