Daren Thomas Curley on 06 17, 2014
Penny Dreadful series one, episode five premieres this week. It first showing is 9pm Tuesday 17th and it is shown again on Thursday 19th and Saturday 21st June at the same time on Sky Atlantic HD. Its available from the normal Sky platform for subscribers, or from Now TV (with subscription).
Those who have been enjoying the quite wonderfully surreal and macabre horror drama series by Skyfall’s Sam Mendes and John Logan, will be pleased to learn that it has been re-commissioned for a second longer run.
This next episode centres around the events leading up to Mina’s disappearance as Vanessa recalls her past living next door to Sir Malcolm.
Above is is a sneak look ahead.
There are guest appearances from Anna Chancellor (Fleming), Olivia Llewellyn, Graham Butler and Frank McCusker (The Fall). Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett), Sir Malcolm Murray (Timothy Dalton), Vanessa Ives (Eva Green), Dorian (Reeve Carney), Brona (Billie Piper), Sembene (Danny Sapani), Dr Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway), Abraham Van Helsing (David Warner)
As regular CB readers and viewers will already know, Penny Dreadful takes some of literature’s most famous characters – including Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray and iconic figures from the novel Dracula and brilliantly reimagines them in a whole new light, embroiling them firmly in Victorian London. The series debuted as the second-highest-rated launch for an original commission ever for Sky Atlantic, and also ranked as the second biggest programme of the week in pay TV homes for episode one. So, as a result, a new ten part series (giving the show another two additional episodes from the initial run), will go into production later this year and will once again be shot on location in Dublin for a 2015 launch.
Stuart Murphy, Director of Sky Entertainment channels commented:
“Over the last few years we have made massive strides in bringing world class dramas to our customers’ screens. PENNY DREADFUL epitomises the cinematic scale of drama we have come to expect from Sky Atlantic and we are really looking forward to continuing our partnership with David Nevins and Showtime, John Logan and Sam Mendes in the second series.”
Cameron Roach, Acting Head of Drama, Sky Entertainment added:
“We are really pleased to be able to bring a second series of PENNY DREADFUL to our customers’ screens. With the show set in Victorian London and filmed in Ireland, we are very proud of Penny Dreadful’s British and Irish roots. We are thrilled to be working with Neal Street Productions and Showtime on the second series.”
David Nevins, President, Showtime Networks Inc. commented:
“Picking up PENNY DREADFUL was one of the easiest decisions I’ve made. The series has had worldwide impact, drawing big, passionate audiences on both sides of the Atlantic, and more than any other show on our network has hit the bullseye with viewers who want to watch television in all the new ways that are available. John Logan has deftly created an epic series that has drawn raves from a wide-range of audiences from quality drama lovers to critics, to hardcore genre fans. We look forward to working once again with our partners at Sky Atlantic and are extremely excited for what’s in store for season two.”
Pippa Harris, Executive Producer, Neal Street Productions added:
“We’re delighted that PENNY DREADFUL is returning for a second series and to be working with our hugely supportive partners at Showtime and Sky Atlantic. It’s a testament to John Logan’s skill and artistry as a writer and the superbly talented cast and crew that the series has resonated so strongly with fans on both sides of the Atlantic. The success of PENNY DREADFUL proves that British Drama can compete internationally.”
The series is a co-production with SHOWTIME.