This Sandymount extension transformed the space, but didn’t even need planning permission
This Sandymount extension transformed the space, but didn’t even need planning permission

Megan Burns

Looking for a treat to cosy up with? Try this ultimate millionaire’s shortbread recipe
Looking for a treat to cosy up with? Try this ultimate millionaire’s shortbread recipe

Meg Walker

Black lipstick: Here’s how to pull it off
Black lipstick: Here’s how to pull it off

Jennifer McShane

‘Meghan is right. Working mothers do have to choose between being present or being paid
‘Meghan is right. Working mothers do have to choose between being present or being paid

Amanda Cassidy

What to try this weekend: Gluten-free vegan churros with a caramel dipping sauce
What to try this weekend: Gluten-free vegan churros with a caramel dipping sauce

Meg Walker

How to increase your confidence and why it’s crucial
How to increase your confidence and why it’s crucial

Niamh Ennis

The scariest thing about Halloween? Competitive parenting
The scariest thing about Halloween? Competitive parenting

Sophie White

Add some colour to your living room with these punchy cushion designs
Add some colour to your living room with these punchy cushion designs

Megan Burns

Five perfect matte lipsticks that your mask won’t budge
Five perfect matte lipsticks that your mask won’t budge

Holly O'Neill

Slightly Christmassy movies that are totally acceptable to watch before Halloween
Slightly Christmassy movies that are totally acceptable to watch before Halloween

Lauren Heskin

Image / Editorial

Penny Dreadful


by Jeanne Sutton
21st May 2014
Penny Dreadful

The schlocky supernatural television show set amid Victorian London’s underworld you didn’t know you needed…

Two things we like: Eva Green and supernatural thrillers. One thing that delivers on these fronts: Sky Atlantic’s latest television series, Penny Dreadful.

Deriving it’s name from the cheap pulp fiction that dominated Victorian England, Penny Dreadful is an exercise in the fantastical from the lofty Sam Mendes and Skyfall writer John Logan that tells the story of a mismatched group of intrepid types battling paranormal creatures in a gaslight-lit London. Timothy Dalton is the explorer Sir Malcolm Murray, desperately seeking his daughter who was taken by vampires. Josh Hartnett returns to our radars as Ethan Chandler, an actor with vampire slaying potential. Eva Green, the queen of Gallic gothic cool is the jewel in the crown as Vanessa Ives, a medium with a lethal gaze and attitude to burn. The pilot is gory and upsetting in subject matter; a mother and child meet a nasty end in the opening scenes for example, but we think this might be the most arresting show of the summer. With the moody will-it-won’t-it weather we’re getting this might be exactly what we need. Ambitious from the outset, the show demands our attention with character exposition and long conversations. Case in point – episode two is set mostly during a seance. Also this moody London is peppered with cameos from some of literatures most famous characters. Expect eternal youth Dorian Gray and Dracula to pop by.

In a world of Dexters and Hannibals, we’re actually welcoming the creepy spiders emanating from crucifixes and the over-arching theme of pure, unadulterated spook. Also, can all the fashion houses take note of the above images? Sexy Victorian medium needs to feature in A/W 14…

Jeanne Sutton @jeannedesutun

Also Read

Penny Dreadful
EDITORIAL
5 houseplants we guarantee you can keep alive

For those who buy houseplants with the best of intentions and end up killing them, here’s a selection you’ll be...

By Hannah Hillyer

Penny Dreadful
premium EDITORIAL
Business Club members get your complimentary tickets to The IMAGE Business Summit 2021

Don’t miss this year’s IMAGE Business Summit, with an expert line-up, skills masterclasses, keynote addresses and more.Back by popular demand,...

By Shayna Sappington

Penny Dreadful
EDITORIAL
Attending multiple weddings this year? How to save money as a guest

These days, going to a wedding is the equivalent of going on a short holiday in terms of cost. From...

By Jennifer McShane

Penny Dreadful
EDITORIAL
‘Meghan is right. Working mothers do have to choose between being present or being paid

Not everyone was happy about the Duchess of Sussex getting involved in US politics. But her letter on behalf of...

By Amanda Cassidy

Penny Dreadful
EDITORIAL
How to limit drips and brush strokes while painting kitchen cabinets

Painting kitchen cabinets can be transformative and can be achieved relatively low-cost, but you need the right equipment, and a lot of...

By Amanda Kavanagh

Penny Dreadful
EDITORIAL
Trinity Tales: ‘Front Square was her garden, and the city was her playground’

Annie Gatling, now Colleran, knew Trinity College was for her when she saw Front Gate from the top storey of...

By Amanda Cassidy

Penny Dreadful
EDITORIAL
‘Romy & Michele’ actress Cortney Wolfston on being fired while pregnant

“I was confused. Hadn’t I just been told this was a perfect time to be pregnant?” she questioned. Actress Cortney...

By Sarah Finnan