After very much enjoying the first programme in the BBC art series The Dark Ages - An Age of Light last week, I had been looking forward to the next programme in the series on Tuesday - about the art of the Huns, Vandals and Goths.
OK, presenter Waldemar Januszczak did teach me a lot about Huns, Vandals and Goths that I didn't know before. Despite their reputation as savage barbarians who gave the civilised Romans a hard time, they were in fact highly civilised themselves and also created gorgeous artwork.
However, I was less than impressed by Waldemar Januszczak's description of modern-day goths as looking like Devil worshippers. Come on, it isn't fair to on one hand dispel a myth about ancient Goths and then perpetuate another one. In my experience Goths are far more likely to be pagans than Satanists.
Modern goths don't think they are anything like ancient Goths either. They take inspiration from 18th and 19th century gothic literature like The Castle of Otrantoor Dracula,quite a different thing. Modern goths are just a group of people who like to look stylish and black, listen to music from bands such as Inkubus Sukkubus and mind their own business.
So please Mr Januszczak, do get your facts right.
Other than that, the programme was pretty good and I will probably watch next episode in the series, which is about the art of Islam.
The Castle of Otranto: A Gothic Story (Oxford World's Classics)
The Dark Goddess
Dracula (Wordsworth Classics)