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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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Six murders, two seductions and three tragic deaths... who will rule Gormenghast? See more »


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Unrated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

BBC Online | PBS [United States]

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UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 June 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Темное королевство See more »

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Runtime:

(4 parts)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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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 visual 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 color-correction and image matching tasks much more difficult, than with computer graphics images. See more »

Quotes

Steerpike: You were lucky!
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A truly dismal film
9 July 2001 | by annaleahSee all my reviews

After viewing just the first half hour of this show, I was convinced that it was pointless to watch more. However, I tried to give it another chance by continuing to watch it. Read this list:

-THE CHARACTERS- You were never close to any of the characters, or even felt the tiniest bit sympathetic. They were all petty and unreal. If you'll pardon my language, they just p***ed me off.

-THE PLOT- What plot? The story line didn't make sense. The whole thing was very hard to follow.

-THE SETTING- It really grated on my nerves. One could see the outline around the people, showing that it was a cheesy green screen production. The special effects were just plain BAD.

If you still wish to view this film, I don't pity the four hours of bewilderment you will have.


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