BBC4 Transmission:
Saturday 3rd November 2012, 10.50pm-12.20am


Actor and writer Mark Gatiss embarks on a chilling voyage through European horror cinema. From the silent nightmares of German Expressionism in the wake of World War I to lesbian vampires in 1970s Belgium, from the black-gloved killers of Italy's bloody Giallo thrillers to the ghosts of the Spanish Civil War, Mark reveals how Europe's turbulent 20th century forged its ground-breaking horror tradition. On a journey that spans the continent from Ostend to Slovakia, Mark explores classic filming locations and talks to the genre's leading talents, including directors Dario Argento and Guillermo del Toro.

Reading that, you're going to be asking, "Where does Jeux Sans Frontières fit into this programme?" - and the answer is right at the start, when Gatiss is describing how Europe was seen in the 1970s from a British perspective. He suggested that there were three dominant windows on the continent - the Eurovision Song Contest, package holidays and Jeux Sans Frontières. His comment was illustrated by a six-second clip from the 1977 JSF heat at Évry, France and depicted - aptly, considering the central subject of the Horror Europa programme - Frankenstein's monster attempting to catch a fleeing young girl. Stuart Hall's English language commentary could be heard.

(First Paragraph - BBC Press Office PR)

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