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British Library helps with Gothic TV season

British Library helps with Gothic TV season
28 Aug 2014

Between October 3rd this year and January 20th next year, The British Library is set to be home to Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination, a new exhibition.

The Library has also been working with BBC Two and BBC Four on a forthcoming Gothic TV season.

Exhibition lead curator, Tim Pye, said the Library is thrilled that it has had the chance to collaborate with the BBC on the Gothic season, so as "to highlight this incredibly significant aspect of our cultural history."

He added that Terror and Wonder includes a lot of surprising discoveries and stories, with the BBC team-up allowing a wide audience to see these, and other things.

Programmes in the upcoming season include a look at the novel Frankenstein's genesis in 'A Dark and Stormy Night: When Horror Was Born' on BBC Two.

This is an hour long documentary and will discuss the ghost-story-telling session involving Mary Shelley and Lord Byron, out of which Frankenstein famously emerged.

Meanwhile, BBC Four will show an Andrew Graham-Dixon series called The Art of Gothic: The Shock of the Old, about gothic architecture and art - including literature.

The same channel will air Goth at the BBC, collected 80s performances with a 'goth' flavour.

The Genius of Gothic and Great Scotts! The Family That Built Britain are also part of the season, all the titles in which are subject to change.

"The Gothic imagination with its love of the awe-inspiring, the wondrous and the uncanny has cast long and beautiful shadows across all aspects of our lives for hundreds of years," Mr Pye has said.

"Writers, artists, architects, fashion designers and musicians have all taken inspiration from its alluring appeal and its rich heritage."

Gothic exhibition Terror and Wonder is set to cost £10 to get into, for a full price ticket.ADNFCR-408-ID-801745271-ADNFCR

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