Showtime announced today a nationwide cross-platform release of pilot, "Night Work," for its highly-anticipated eight-episode new series, Penny Dreadful. A historical fiction thriller based in 1890s Victorian England, the macabre debut is available now on Youtube, Showtime.com, and on a plethora of other digital devices with its app.
In addition, Penny Dreadful's second episode, "Seance," will be available immediately following the pilot's airing on May 11 at 10pm, but exclusively for Showtime Anywhere subscribers.
Rife with lurid characters from some of the most frightening literature ever written, Penny Dreadful's characters spring artistically from the darkest pages of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein," Oscar Wilde's "The Picture of Dorian Gray," and Bram Stoker's "Dracula."
Named for the salacious serial British fictions of the 1800s, Penny Dreadful is centered on the obsessive pursuits of a British explorer in search of the source of the Nile. The trailer entices: "No matter what secrets you possess, what fears you hold, what darkness you hide, how monstrous your dreams, or what hungers you feel, there are others just like you," and includes the main character and , Sir Malcolm, spewing, "To find her I would murder the world!"
The pilot, "Night Work," and its follow-up, "Seance," directed by Juan Antonio Bayona of The Orphanage and The Impossible fame, stars Josh Hartnett (Black Hawk Down) as Ethan Chandler, Timothy Dalton (The Living Daylights) as Sir Malcolm, Eva Green (Casino Royale) as Vanessa Ives, Harry Treadaway (The Lone Ranger) as Victor Frankenstein, Reeve Carney (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark) as Dorian Gray, Helen McCrory as Madame Kali, Billie Piper (Doctor Who, Secret Diary of a Call Girl) as Brona Croft, Simon Russell Beale as Ferdinand Lyle, Rory Kinnear (Skyfall), and Danny Sapani (The Bill) as Sembene.
Penny Dreadful was created, written and executive produced by three-time Oscar nominee John Logan (Hugo, The Aviator, Gladiator) and executive produced by Logan's Desert Wolf Productions, along with Oscar winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall) and Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road, Call The Midwife), both of Neal Street.
Watch the first episode of Showtime's Penny Dreadful below:
Subsequent episodes are directed by Dearbhla Walsh (Public Enemies, The Tudors), Coky Giedroyc (What remains, Wuthering Heights) and James Hawes (The Mill, Mad Dogs).
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