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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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Storyline

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 »

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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It's so hard to find outstanding villians these days.
9 January 2003 | by C00L_HAND_LUKESee all my reviews

WOW! Outstanding in every respect. Original, bold, fresh, topped off by outstanding acting by all, but most notably, Christopher Lee. One of the BBC's FINEST. Setting and costumes are impressive and unique to say the least. Cinematography once again, worth mentioning. Nothing mundane here, all around impressive. Characters, unlike most of the crud we get from Hollywood have some depth, which was more than welcome with me. It's so rare that characters actually capture you for their uniqueness; my personal favotire is Mr. Steerpike. All you have to do to see what I mean by villian with depth is watch this, and then something like Die Another day. This character relies on his witts rather than his muscles. I wanted so much for him to achieve his goal, but then realized...well, you didn't think I would tell you everything did you?? Watch it, a truly remarkable film.


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BBC Online | PBS [United States]

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English

Release Date:

10 June 2000 (USA) See more »

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Runtime:

(4 parts)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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