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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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Aspect Ratio:
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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:
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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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?
What has changed between the novels and the mini-series adaptation?
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15 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
brilliant steerpike in fantastic mad world, 17 April 2002
Author: eb_redbaron from vienna, austria

i happened to see the last episode of gormenghast in the middle of the night one day and was instantly intrigued. although i had no idea what was going on i was glued to my seat by the surreal sets and costumes and, above all, by the intense and brilliant acting!

i bought the books and dvd at once and soon realized the difference. the books are beautifully written and have a life of their own that does indeed compare to tolkiens middle earth. but the tv-series is marvelous. i think the whole story is very close to the books and all the actors are amazing.

jonathan rhys meyers as steerpike is the main focus of attention, every time hes onscreen the whole story gets incredibly dynamic and his villain is the most attractive person ive seen in a film in a long time. his characters brilliance, but also suffering, are the main themes of the film, since titus doesnt really seem convincing. most of the other characters are rather one dimensional, but thats intended, since no one wants to change in gormenghast except steerpike. even fuchsia, who is so miserable cant overcome her prejudices in the end.

whats strange in the film is that, given rhys meyers steerpikes attraction and intelligence and force, still everybody is unwilling to accept his qualities. he stays forever the kitchen boy, even when the whole castle couldnt do without him anymore. his despair and ultimate madness are the result of that constant rejection.

the books especially, but also the film, are ultimately a description of a world without love, compassion or warmth. everyone is doomed to remain unhappy within the strict hierarchy and no talents whatsoever will elevate you.

steerpike in the books is primarily a monster and sadistic murderer, whose motive is simply to gain power. why mervyn peake wrote him as the one to propel the whole story forward and at the same time didnt make him into a positive figure, i dont understand. i know its criticising the british monarchy, but thats what makes the books so depressing, in my opinion.

in the film steerpike is the central character, hes extremely good looking and has plenty of emotions, mostly rage and the supressing of rage, (contrary to the books i think, where hes always cold). still the ending is inevitable, because in gormenghasts world no one is allowed to succeed.

the film itself is beautifully shot, the music is great, the sets a little disappointing, but the costumes are truly beautiful. what does outshine most other tv-productions however, is the brilliant acting from the entire cast, but mainly rhys meyers powerful performance.

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