Frankenstein And The Vampyre: A Dark And Stormy Night

Saturday 1 November

Time to be confirmed

BBC TWO

NEW
A fascinating exploration of one of the most significant moments in Gothic history: the night when Mary Shelley, Lord Byron and their cohorts gathered together in Lake Geneva to tell ghost stories. The night when Frankenstein was born.

Drawing on British Library manuscripts and archives, the one hour documentary will bring together a stellar cast of Gothic, horror, science-fiction writers and historians to discuss why one single night had such a significant impact on our culture.

All those involved in the events of the summer of 1816 wrote about their life-changing stay in Switzerland. This dramatised documentary is based on their letters, journals and diaries. The film will draw on British Library manuscripts and archive, and bring together a stellar cast of Gothic, horror and science fiction writers, including Neil Gaiman, Charlaine Harris and Margaret Atwood, to discuss why one single night had such a significant impact on our culture.

*This autumn, BBC Two and BBC Four are celebrating all things Gothic with a new season of programmes. The BBC season ‘The Wonder Of Gothic’, which is in partnership with the British Library’s ‘Terror And Wonder’ exhibition, will explore the literature, architecture, music and artworks that have taken such a prominent place in British culture - When Gothic Was Born*

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