The History Of Titus Groan

Episodes

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01Titus Arrives2011071020110716
20111029 (BBC7)
20150102 (BBC7)
20150103 (BBC7)

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.

Titus...Luke Treadaway

Artist...David Warner

Steerpike...Carl Prekopp

Sepulchrave, Earl Of Groan...Paul Rhys

Gertrude, Countess Of Groan...Miranda Richardson

Dr Prunesquallor...James Fleet

Irma Prunesquallor...Tamsin Greig

Clarice...Fenella Woolgar

Cora...Claudie Blakley

Fuchsia...Olivia Hallinan

Flay...Adrian Scarborough

Abiatha Swelter...Mark Benton

Sourdust...James Lailey

Nannie Slagg...Jane Whittenshaw

Keda...Susie Riddell

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.

Cora...Claudie Blakeley

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.

02Titus Inherits2011071720110723
20111029 (BBC7)

By Mervyn Peake, dramatised by Brian Sibley

Episode Two 'Titus Inherits'

As tension between Mr Flay and Swelter, head chef of Gormenghast, takes a deadly turn, Titus's foster mother Keda is drawn back into her old life amongst the bright carvers.

Meanwhile, the first of Steerpike's great plans comes to fruition as he manipulates the ladies Clarice and Cora to great and tragic effect.

Titus...Luke Treadaway

Artist...David Warner

Steerpike...Carl Prekopp

Sepulchrave, Earl Of Groan...Paul Rhys

Gertrude, Countess Of Groan...Miranda Richardson

Dr Prunesquallor...James Fleet

Irma Prunesquallor...Tamsin Greig

Clarice...Fenella Woolgar

Cora...Claudie Blakley

Fuchsia...Olivia Hallinan

Flay...Adrian Scarborough

Abiatha Swelter...Mark Benton

Sourdust...James Lailey

Nannie Slagg...Jane Whittenshaw

Keda...Susie Riddell

Barquentine...Gerard McDermott

With Simon Bubb, Jonathan Forbes, Peter Polycarpou, Alun Raglan, Alex Tregear

Music by Roger Goula

Directed and Produced by Jeremy Mortimer.

Tension between Mr Flay and Swelter, head chef of Gormenghast, takes a deadly turn.

Even though he's still an infant, Titus accedes to power.

Steerpike gets busy with a plan.

Stars David Warner and Mark Benton.

03Titus Discovers2011072420110730
20111029 (BBC7)

By Mervyn Peake, dramatised by Brian Sibley

Episode Three 'Titus Discovers'

Ten year old Titus Groan, 77th Earl of Gormenghast, makes an unexpected discovery in the forest, as the mystery surrounding his father's disappearance deepens.

Elsewhere, Irma Prunesquallor grows determined to find a husband, and Steerpike's ambitions may well claim the life of a second member of the Gormenghast household.

Titus...Luke Treadaway

Artist...David Warner

Young Titus...Hugo Docking

Steerpike...Carl Prekopp

Gertrude, Countess Of Groan...Miranda Richardson

Dr Prunesquallor...James Fleet

Irma Prunesquallor...Tamsin Greig

Bellgrove...William Gaunt

Clarice...Fenella Woolgar

Cora...Claudie Blakeley

Fuchsia...Olivia Hallinan

Flay...Adrian Scarborough

Barquentine...Gerard McDermott

Nannie Slagg...Jane Whittenshaw

Keda...Susie Riddell

With the voices of Paul Rhys and Mark Benton

With Jonathan Forbes, James Lailey, Alun Raglan, Alex Tregear

Music by Roger Goula

Directed by David Hunter and produced by Jeremy Mortimer.

Ten-year-old Titus, 77th Earl of Gormenghast, makes an unexpected discovery in the forest.

Will young Titus make an escape ? How does Steerpike's plan bear fruit? Stars David Warner, Adrian Scarborough and James Fleet.

Will young Titus make an escape ? How does Steerpike's plan bear fruit?

04Titus Departs2011073120110806
20111030 (BBC7)

By Mervyn Peake, dramatised by Brian Sibley

Episode Four 'Titus Departs'

Steerpike takes up his new role as the Master of Ritual, and as Titus grows older, so his suspicions about the former kitchen boy grow.

When Steerpike's plans at last begin to unravel, a final, tragic trail of bodies is left in his wake and Titus must make a desperate bid for vengeance and, ultimately, freedom from Gormenghast.

Titus...Luke Treadaway

Artist...David Warner

Young Titus...Hugo Docking

Steerpike...Carl Prekopp

Gertrude, Countess Of Groan...Miranda Richardson

Dr Prunesquallor...James Fleet

Irma Prunesquallor...Tamsin Greig

Bellgrove...William Gaunt

Clarice...Fenella Woolgar

Cora...Claudie Blakley

Fuchsia...Olivia Hallinan

Flay...Adrian Scarborough

Barquentine...Gerard McDermott

Nannie Slagg...Jane Whittenshaw

Keda...Susie Riddell

With Jonathan Forbes, James Lailey, Alun Raglan, Alex Tregear

Music by Roger Goula

Directed by Gemma Jenkins and produced by Jeremy Mortimer.

Steerpike takes up his new role as the Master of Ritual.

Steerpike becomes Master of Ritual, but Titus grows suspicious and must take action.

Mervyn Peake's serial stars David Warner.

05Titus Abroad2011080720110813
20111030 (BBC7)

by Mervyn Peake, dramatised by Brian Sibley

Episode Five 'Titus Abroad'

Far from Gormenghast, Titus finds himself in an alien world.

Lost in a country policed by machines, he must trust to the good will of an eccentric zookeeper, and the kindness of a beautiful woman named Juno.

Titus...Luke Treadaway

Artist...David Warner

Muzzlehatch...Gerard Murphy

Juno...Maureen Beattie

Acreblade...Alun Raglan

Magistrate...Peter Polycarpou

Drugg...Jonathan Forbes

With Elaine Claxton, James Lailey, Gerard McDermott, Susie Ridell, Alex Tregear

Music by Roger Goula

Directed by David Hunter and produced by Jeremy Mortimer.

Titus's first encounter with the world beyond Gormenghast leads him to Muzzlehatch.

Stars David Warner and Luke Treadaway.

06 LASTTitus Alive2011081420110820
20111030 (BBC7)

Titus attracts attention from the strange but alluring Cheeta, and ultimately becomes the victim of a torturous joke.

Rescued by old friends but unable to bear their company any longer, he stumbles into a world uncannily like our own - and is drawn to a mysterious artist, whose presence may at last grant him peace.

As Titus Groan stumbles on through the world, could he have finally found his way home? Stars David Warner and Luke Treadaway.

As Titus Groan stumbles on through the world, could he have finally found his way home?