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Penny Dreadful 

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Explorer Sir Malcolm Murray, American gunslinger Ethan Chandler, scientist Victor Frankenstein, and medium Vanessa Ives unite to combat supernatural threats in Victorian London.

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John Logan
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Reeve Carney ...  Dorian Gray 27 episodes, 2014-2016
Timothy Dalton ...  Sir Malcolm Murray 27 episodes, 2014-2016
Eva Green ...  Vanessa Ives 27 episodes, 2014-2016
Rory Kinnear ...  John Clare / ... 27 episodes, 2014-2016
Billie Piper ...  Lily / ... 27 episodes, 2014-2016
Harry Treadaway ...  Dr. Victor Frankenstein 27 episodes, 2014-2016
Josh Hartnett ...  Ethan Chandler 27 episodes, 2014-2016
Danny Sapani ...  Sembene 18 episodes, 2014-2015
Simon Russell Beale ...  Ferdinand Lyle 14 episodes, 2014-2016
Douglas Hodge ...  Bartholomew Rusk 13 episodes, 2015-2016
Sarah Greene ...  Hecate Poole 13 episodes, 2015-2016
Helen McCrory ...  Madame Kali 12 episodes, 2014-2015
Jack Hickey ...  Junior Inspector 11 episodes, 2015-2016
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Explorer Sir Malcolm Murray, American gunslinger Ethan Chandler, scientist Victor Frankenstein, and medium Vanessa Ives unite to combat supernatural threats in Victorian London.

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There is some thing within us all. See more »

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Drama | Fantasy | Horror

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Ireland | UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 April 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Penny Dreadful See more »

Filming Locations:

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland See more »

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GBP1,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos (season 3)

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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The first and last episode are directed by Spanish directors. See more »

Crazy Credits

Season 3 episode "The Blessed Dark" had a different opening title sequence and used a somber theme song to match the mood of the finale. See more »

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Referenced in 31 Days of Horror: 30 Days of Night (2007) (2019) See more »

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Beware those who lust for visual and audio stimulants...it will capture you entirely
9 May 2015 | by Damianski23See all my reviews

There are few moments in life when you get to drip and drool your eyes and ears at the same time, while your heart fights your soul reaching to understand and become a lover of evil. Rare are those moments. There may be many that do not share my perspective, nor do they taste my words and vision, but then again, I am sure that some are like me. Hungry to feel, to truly feel life, and thirsty for ambivalence, for the evil to have a good face and vice versa and more importantly to see that even flawed ones have a faith to preach and fulfil.

The story captures you entirely, it tenses your moral beliefs and makes you see a side of you which, in some cases, has never emerged, or, if it did, it will be like candy for children. The characters are immortal, at least the main cast. The way they can evolve is a tribute to the writer, director, producer and more importantly to them, as they go beyond themselves as individuals and become even more than a true character, they become immortal. Eva Green...was made for this role, or maybe the other way around... The historical aspect brings front characters of tales and stories, of mythological and biblical implications fluctuating the narrative line between the world of the living and that of the dead...or undead.

If the style of the above description matches your taste, you will most surely be enchanted by this series. If it does not...well, don't let my poor reenactment of the style be an obstacle in watching this truly magnificent piece of art.

It's more than a TV series, it's music, it's image, it's story. It's poetry.


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