The History Of Titus Groan, Titus Arrives

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0120110710

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 Blakeley

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 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.

A baby is born, heir to the crumbling stone and ancient ritual of Gormenghast.

0120110716

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.