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Penny Dreadful is a British-American horror drama television series created for Showtime and Sky by John Logan, who also acts as executive producer alongside Sam Mendes. It premiered on Showtime on May 11, 2014. Set in a supernatural Victorian London, actors Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, and Eva Green star as American gunslinger Ethan Chandler, medium Vanessa Ives, and explorer Sir Malcolm Murray, respectively.
The title refers to the penny dreadfuls, a type of 19th-century cheap British fiction publication with lurid and sensational subject matter. The TV series draws upon many characters from 19th-century Irish and British fiction, including Dorian Gray from Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray, Mina Harker and Abraham Van Helsing from Bram Stoker's Dracula, and Victor Frankenstein and his monster from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.
Penny Dreadful won a Critics' Choice Television Award for Most Exciting New Series, and the website IGN named Eva Green as the Best TV Actress of 2014. At the 19th edition of Satellite Awards, the series won two awards, and at the 2015 edition of the BAFTA Television Craft Awards, it was awarded for its production design, make-up and hair design, and the original score.