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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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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)

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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Trivia:
Author Mervyn Peake's granddaughters appear as extras in the movie.See more »
Quotes:
Steerpike:Help me, I'm starving.
Lady Fuchsia:Don't touch me.
Steerpike:Listen to me...
Lady Fuchsia:Don't touch!
Steerpike:Listen to me. Please! I did it; I admit it. I killed Flay. You know that, don't you? I killed your aunts, I burnt the library... It was me! I burnt your father's books. I drove him mad - He killed himself because of me. But I did it all for you...
Lady Fuchsia:I hate you.
Steerpike:I did it all so I could be in a place where you would see me.
Lady Fuchsia:I don't want to see you!
Steerpike:You love me! I'm ugly and I'm disgusting and you love me. You love me because I'm the only one who can see you. You're so lonely, My Lady... I'm the only one who knows who you are and what you are.
Lady Fuchsia:Go away from me.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Goodbye 2000 (2000) (TV)See more »

FAQ

Is this mini-series based on a novel?
What other works are set in the Gormenghast Universe?
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18 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Ossified Medieval Culture, 7 September 2004
Author: LBytes from Atwater, CA

This BBC mini-series is actually a combination of the books Titus Groan and Gormenghast. In 4 - 1 hour parts, being from the BBC they're really close to a whole hour as opposed to the usual 45 minute network episodes.

Gormenghast is an ancient kingdom that must be located somewhere in Europe, since it is populated with Europeans. More specifically, it is populated with really odd Europeans, which sounds more like Great Britain. In fact it is a fictional location in which Mervyn Peake has created an extremely ossified culture, technologically stagnant, that indulges itself in numerous obscure rituals that cover almost all routine events, written down in huge books and applied as if their lives depended on it.

The story centers around the Groans, who's male heirs rule as Earls. Titus is set to become the 77th Earl of Groan, and as he matures he sees it as his doom rather than his destiny, and comes to despise Gormenghast.

At first, however, he's just a baby and the story centers on his father and the odd ducks that are his family and servants. Into this mix is added Steerpike, a kitchen boy of huge ambition that finds ways to ingratiate, titillate and extort his way to a much higher position, hardly killing anyone at all to get there. The Groans and Gormenghast in general are so dense and caught up in the minutiae of their lives it takes them years to realize that there's a raccoon in the chicken house, so there's plenty of story to take up a 4 hour mini-series.

I read these two books once upon a time and hardly remember them. I believe the BBC series plays Steerpike a bit more sympathetic than the books did. The trilogy has been compared to LOTR and the Thomas Covenant trilogy, both of which I liked more than Gormenghast. Gormenghast is fiction not fantasy, there are no dragons, orcs or hobbits. The kingdom appears to be mostly medieval with some touches of modernity here and there. The closest thing to monsters are the huge Death Owls.

What makes the mini-series work is a very talented cast that bring their characters to life. They make it a pleasure to watch, if only once. 8/10

The 2 DVD set has a Making Of, Cast interviews, a few unrelated trailers. It is all shot in a peculiar not-quite 4:3 or 16:9 format, at least the way my hardware decoded it to the screen. Video and audio are strictly TV quality, with video colorful if a bit smeared and audio all upfront mono as far as I could tell. The DVDs get a 6/10 for getting it on my screen but not much else.

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