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Titus Arrives

1 hour
First broadcast:
Sunday 10 July 2011

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.

  • Fuchsia and Steerpike

    Fuchsia and Steerpike

    Played by Olivia Hallinan and Carl Prekopp

  • Gertrude and Prunesquallor

    Gertrude and Prunesquallor

    Played by Miranda Richardson and James Fleet

  • Sepulchrave


    Played by Paul Rhys

  • Steerpike climbing

    Steerpike climbing

  • Writer: Mervyn Peake, Centenary Year 2011

    Artist, illustrator, poet and author
  • Mervyn Peake Conference

    The Fantasy Tradition


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