By Mervyn Peake, dramatised by Brian Sibley
Episode One 'Titus Arrives'
A baby is born: Titus Groan, heir to crumbling stone and ancient ritual, only son of Sepulchrave, the 76th Earl of Gormenghast.
Whilst the castle flies into state of high excitement, change may at last come creeping through its empty halls, on the heels of a sly but ambitious kitchen boy named Steerpike.
Sepulchrave, Earl Of Groan...Paul Rhys
Gertrude, Countess Of Groan...Miranda Richardson
Dr Prunesquallor...James Fleet
Irma Prunesquallor...Tamsin Greig
Abiatha Swelter...Mark Benton
Nannie Slagg...Jane Whittenshaw
With Simon Bubb, Jonathan Forbes, Peter Polycarpou, Alun Raglan, Alex Tregear
Music by Roger Goula
Directed by Gemma Jenkins
Produced by Jeremy Mortimer.
A baby is born, heir to the crumbling stone and ancient ritual of Gormenghast.
Directed and produced by Jeremy Mortimer
The life and times of Titus Groan, 77th Earl of Gormenghast: a vast stronghold of crumbling masonry steeped in immemorial ritual and inhabited with an extraordinary cavalcade of characters including the kitchen boy, Steerpike, who ruthlessly rises to the upper echelons of dynastic power through mischief and murder.
Based on the novels written by Mervyn Peake and on the recently discovered concluding volume written by his widow, Maeve Gimore, the six one hour episodes chronicle Titus' life from birth, through childhood and adolescence to his decision to renounce his title and embark on an exploration of the alien world beyond the confines of his home.
It is a journey in search of identity that eventually takes him to a distant island where he encounters the man who is none other than his creator.
Peake's Gormenghast is both a fantasy world conceived by a unique and vivid imagination and a satirical allegory on the fancies, foibles and phobias of the world around us.
This serial has been commissioned to mark the centenary of Mervyn Peake's birth.
Heir to crumbling stone and ancient ritual - the idiosyncratic life of Mervyn Peake's Titus Groan begins.
Stars Paul Rhys.
The idiosyncratic life of Mervyn Peake's Titus Groan begins.
Heir to crumbling stone and ancient ritual, the idiosyncratic life of Titus Groan begins.
Heir to crumbling stone and ancient ritual, the idiosyncratic life of Mervyn Peake's Titus Groan begins. Stars Paul Rhys.