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Gormenghast 

A villain threatens the rise of a new earl in an ancient kingdom.
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Series cast summary:
Warren Mitchell ...  Barquentine 4 episodes, 2000
Celia Imrie ...  Lady Gertrude 4 episodes, 2000
Jonathan Rhys Meyers ...  Steerpike 4 episodes, 2000
John Sessions ...  Dr. Prunesquallor 4 episodes, 2000
Christopher Lee ...  Flay 4 episodes, 2000
Neve McIntosh ...  Lady Fuchsia 4 episodes, 2000
Fiona Shaw ...  Irma Prunesquallor 4 episodes, 2000
Zoë Wanamaker ...  Clarice Groan 3 episodes, 2000
George Antoni George Antoni ...  Bookman 3 episodes, 2000
Lynsey Baxter ...  Cora Groan 3 episodes, 2000
June Brown June Brown ...  Nannie Slagg 3 episodes, 2000
Sean Hughes ...  Poet 3 episodes, 2000
Ian Richardson ...  Lord Groan 2 episodes, 2000
Stephen Fry ...  Professor Bellgrove 2 episodes, 2000
Richard Griffiths ...  Swelter 2 episodes, 2000
Eric Sykes ...  Mollocks 2 episodes, 2000
Windsor Davies ...  Rottcodd 2 episodes, 2000
Olga Sosnovska ...  Keda 2 episodes, 2000
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Based on the works of Mervyn Peake, the series chronicles the reign of the Groan Dynasty over Gormenghast Castle, an endless and crumbling castle with vast halls and serpentine corridors. ... See full summary »

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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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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 mini-series, Cold Lazarus (1996). See more »

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amazingly interesting.
26 August 2002 | by broken_dreamzSee all my reviews

Gormenghast...once i heard the title of the mini-series, i wanted to laugh. what an awful name! at first glance, it appeared to be terribly confusing, what with the birth of the new heir, the kitchens, Steerpike, his manipulative ways...

But after watching it, i have to admit the show is great. Jonathan Rhys Meyers gives a stunning performance as the shewrd, cunning kitchen boy Steerpike, who slowly worms his way to the top by murdering anyone who gets in his way.

for me, the most impressive scene had to be in the last episode, when he nearly gets killed by the twin sisters Cora and Clarice, who sets up a trap for him. the rage and horror mixed on his face, together with the obvious sense of relief he displays is amazing. and when he did his little 'insane dance' around the skeletons of the twins - now that was scary. there was a general atmosphere of madness that somehow managed to be conveyed, without the usual cliches that get in the way. just pure, sheer madness.

it's a wonderful mini-series. too bad there isn't a sequel to it. and check out the set designs, they give Gormenghast a very realistic feel.


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10 June 2000 (USA) See more »

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