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The History of Titus Groan

Based on Mervyn Peake's fantasy novels chronicling the life and times of Titus Groan, 77th Earl of Gormenghast

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Sat 20 Aug 2011 21:00 BBC Radio 4

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  • Luke Treadaway and David Warner

    Luke Treadaway and David Warner

    (Titus Groan and The Artist)

  • Peake's Gormenghast

    Based on the novels written by Mervyn Peake and on the recently discovered concluding volume written by his widow, Maeve Gilmore, 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. 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.

    It is a journey in search of identity that eventually takes Titus 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. The History of Titus Groan is broadcast to mark the centenary of Mervyn Peake's birth in July 1911

  • Further listening

    A profile of the author by his children.

    A Hundred Years of Mervyn Peake

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