Newest Review: ... its own right. Certainly, I've never read anything quite like it, even from masters of the Gothic like James Herbert and the aforemention... more
A gothic tale beautifully told
Member Name: magenta23
Advantages: Amazing cast and fantastic characters.
Disadvantages: rarely shown
Gormenghast is, in my opinion, the best drama the BBc has ever done. The casting is superb, and everyone fits their role to perfection. It's seems anyone who's anyone is in Gormenghast, Stephen Fry, Spike milligan, Eric Sykes, Celia Imrie, Chrisopher Lee, Steve Pemberton, Ian Richardson.. I could go on. It's probably the fisrt time I encountered Johnathan Rhys Myers and you could tell from his showstealing performace that he was going to do many great things to come. (Most recently, of course, appearing as Henry VIII in the BBC's hugely successful drama The Tudors). Myers plays Steerpike, a kitchen boy who works his way up the rankings in the weird kingdom that is Gormenghast. Is he the villian or the hero though? Watch and decide for yourself. Based on Mervyn Peake's novels which are literacy classics but somewhat difficult reads, this BBC adaptation makes the eccentric characters and thrilling story accessable for everyone. It's such a shame this gem has seemed to have been forgotton. I demand a re run.
Summary: TV perfection