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In Search of Dracula with Mark Gatiss

Mark Gatiss explores and celebrates Dracula, an icon of popular culture, asking just why we keep coming back to the count.

From Orava Castle in Slovakia, the location used in the classic vampire film Nosferatu, Mark Gatiss journeys to the London Library on the trail of Bram Stoker's newly discovered research literature. From the UK, Mark flies to Philadelphia in the United States, where he studies Stoker's hand-written notes and examines the abandoned ideas, story lines and characters which went on to become his world-famous story.

Mark meets with actors, including reuniting seven Hammer brides, film experts and historians as he explores the count's transition from page to screen, from Bela Lugosi's Hollywood to Christopher Lee's terrifying incarnation, then finally coming face to face with the new Dracula himself - Danish actor Claes Bang.

This documentary explores and celebrates the icon of popular culture, asking just why we keep coming back to the count.

58 minutes

Last on

Tue 3 Nov 2020 02:30

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:03

    Leon Fleisher, George Szell, The Cleveland Orchestra

    Piano Concerto No. 2 In B-Flat Major, Op. 19: II. Adagio


Role Contributor
Presenter Mark Gatiss
Director Nathan Landeg
Executive Producer Jo Pearce
Executive Producer Sue Vertue
Composer John Hardy
Writer Nathan Landeg
Production Company Hartswood Films
Production Company Bright Branch
Editor Madoc Roberts
Production Company Dracula TV Ltd


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The Count is drawing his plans against Victorian London. And the dead travel fast.