The Art of Gothic

Season 1
BBC Select spends some time down in the dungeon as this fascinating arts documentary delves into the world of the Gothic. Acclaimed art historian Andrew Graham-Dixon explores how a group of 19th-century architects and artists spurned the modern age and turned to Britain's medieval past to create iconic works and buildings with a distinctly creepy edge. But what attracted them to the dark side?
Andrew Graham-Dixon
Arts, Entertainment, and CultureSpecial Interest
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  1. 1. Liberty, Diversity, Depravity
    October 19, 2014
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    BBC Select takes a walk on the dark side in this insightful arts documentary. As art historian Andrew Graham-Dixon reveals, in England during the middle of the 18th century an entirely surprising thing happened. Out of the Age of Enlightenment and Reason a monster was born - a Gothic fascination with ghouls, ghosts and things that go bump in the night. But where did this obsession come from?
  2. 2. The City and the Soul
    October 26, 2014
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    BBC Select delves into the macabre in this fascinating arts documentary. Andrew Graham-Dixon continues his examination of England's Gothic Revival, focusing on the influence of the Industrial Revolution on Gothic art and literature. Frankenstein was born and poets indulged in hallucinatory drugs to reach new Gothic heights. How much was this new, dark form of art an expression of fear?
  3. 3. Blood for Sale: Gothic Goes Global
    November 2, 2014
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    BBC Select concludes its dalliance with all things Gothic in this arts documentary. As Andrew Graham-Dixon reveals, the fantasy horror of the previous century soon morphed into the true horrors of the First World War. Gothic literature was no longer a flight of fancy but a reflection of real life and recent history. Could the Gothic ever compete with the emerging terror of the 20th century?

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JellycatReviewed in the United States on October 17, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Your Point?
I gave up on this halfway through episode 1. Example after example of gothic art and architecture is presented, but no conclusions are drawn and no real insights presented. Perhaps the narrator sums up at the end but I gave up early on. Besides, a late summary would need to be in the manner of sweeping generalizations which would be unsatisfactory. I was especially disappointed because the presenter is so, well, presentable - he’s likable and authoritative in manner but, again, this all seems to go nowhere with the program just a pastiche of gothic whatnots. Not quite polished enough in putting it all together.
Adelaide MReviewed in the United States on October 22, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Another fantastic art history show by the BBC
I loved this show. I never quite understood what Gothic was and now I do. I love how it explains the different arts involved and also the human stories behind the art. Very interesting. I wish America did more shows like this.
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DougReviewed in the United States on October 14, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Enjoyed it, but...
Roman Catholicism is not the "indigenous" religion of the UK. It was thrust upon the British Isles. A historian should know this.
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