A wonderful trip into the imagination of a
very creative author.
Gormenghast - Mervyn Peake's
eccentrically brilliant novels
The glorious castle of Gormenghast is home to the ancient family of
Groan, where nothing has changed for thousands of years. The dynasty is
threatened by the charming and evil kitchen-boy Steerpike. With the
birth of a new heir, Titus Groan, Steerpike begins his ruthless ascent
As he charms, outwits and terrorises the castle's inhabitants, only
Titus, the young and timid Earl of Groan, stands in Steerpike's way. Who
will triumph? And can Gormenghast survive?
The BBC's lavish, glowingly designed adaptation of Mervyn Peake's novels
Titus Groan and Gormenghast is a triumph of casting. Ian Richardson's
Lear-like depiction of the mad earl of a remote, vast, ritual-obsessed
building is matched by the brutal pragmatism of Celia Imrie as his wife,
the synchronised madness of Zoe Wanamaker and Lynsey Baxter as his twin
sisters and the duplicitous charm of Jonathan Rhys-Meyer as Steerpike,
the kitchen-boy determined to take over no matter how many deaths it
costs. John Sessions is surprisingly touching as Prunesquallor, the
family doctor who realises almost too late what Steerpike intends.
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