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Sky Atlantic and Showtime have renewed their co-production Penny Dreadful for a second series.

The drama starring Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green and Billie Piper will return for an extended run comprising of 10 episodes in 2015.

The series has brought to life many public domain characters from 19th century literature including Dorian Gray, Dr. Frankenstein and iconic characters from Dracula.

The term ‘Penny Dreadful’ stems from the Victorian era and refers to a type of popular fiction revolving around lurid subject matter that that was typically enjoyed by the working classes. The novels were a penny to buy, hence the term, with storylines spread over multiple editions.

Series one of Penny Dreadful is currently airing on Sky Atlantic with the fourth episode premiering next Tuesday at 9pm, previous episodes can be seen on Sky On Demand.

Created, written and executive produced by three-time Oscar nominee John Logan, the drama has proven a hit with audiences becoming the second-highest rated launch for an original commission ever for Sky Atlantic.

“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.”

 

Director of Sky Entertainment Channels, Stuart Murphy

Penny Dreadful is produced by Neal Street Productions and Desert Wolf Productions for Sky Atlantic and Showtime. The second series will go into production later this year with shooting once again taking place in Dublin.

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