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8 items from 2015


Penny Dreadful, Ep. 2.09, “And Hell Itself My Only Foe” loves its beautiful monsters

28 June 2015 9:10 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Penny Dreadful, Season 2, Episode 9, “And Hell Itself My Only Foe”

Written by John Logan

Directed by Brian Kirk

Airs Sundays at 10 pm (Et) on Showtime

An overarching theme of Penny Dreadful’s second season has involved its monstrous characters trying to find their place in the world. On their own, they are fearsome, damned things, but together they form an almost familial unit. The struggle of the characters coming to terms with their roles in the grand scheme of things can be seen as a mirror for creator and showrunner John Logan trying to make his rogues gallery fit together.

In season two’s penultimate episode, “And Hell Itself My Only Foe”, Logan has his players embark on paths that may very well lead to their demise. With Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton) still captive in the castle of witch Evelyn Poole (Helen McCrory), the Penny Dreadful gang rallies for rescue. »

- Chris Evangelista

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Penny Dreadful, Ep. 2.01, “Fresh Hell” trades vampires for witches but keeps the blood flowing

3 May 2015 8:00 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Penny Dreadful, Season 2, Episode 1, “Fresh Hell”

Written by John Logan

Directed by James Hawes

Airs Sundays at 10 pm Et on Showtime

Season one of Showtime’s Penny Dreadful was a gleefully gruesome gothic experience, firmly rooted in pulpy sensibilities and clearly influenced by Alan Moore’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. While it was not an altogether solid season of television, it had a ghastly charm, reminiscent of lurid Hammer horror films of the past.

The first season saw a rag-tag group of Victorian-era Londonites, including the demonically possessed Vanessa Ives (Eva Green), American gunslinger (and secret werewolf) Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett), and Dr. Frankenstein himself (Harry Treadaway), doing battle against ultraviolent vampires. The group banded together to embark on a quest to rescue Sir Malcolm Murray’s (Timothy Dalton) lost daughter Mina. Season one climaxed with Sir Malcolm realizing his daughter, now turned into a bloodsucker, was lost forever. »

- Chris Evangelista

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Penny Dreadful scoops three BAFTA Craft awards

27 April 2015 5:27 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Penny Dreadful picked up three awards at the British Academy Television Craft Awards.

The period thriller series, produced by Neal Street with Showtime, triumphed in the Production Design, Make Up & Hair Design and Original Music categories.

BBC drama Sherlock received two Bafta craft awards: one for Sound: Fiction and the other for Editing: Fiction, taking its total tally of Baftas to nine in four years.

Meanwhile, Mackenzie Crook picked up his first-ever Bafta for BBC comedy Detectorists. He won in the Writer: Comedy category, and also stars in the show, which has been recommissioned.

In terms of broadcasters, the awards were spread around. BBC1 led the way with six of the 20 awards, with Channel 4 picking up five.

ITV and Sky Atlantic won three awards each, while BBC2 landed two and BBC4 one.

The winners in full

The winners in full:

Breakthrough Talent

Marc Williamson

The Last Chance School - Minnow Films/Channel 4

Costume Design

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Penny Dreadful, Sherlock and Sally Wainwright among BAFTA Craft winners

26 April 2015 2:50 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Penny Dreadful and Sherlock are among the winners at this year's British Academy Television Craft Awards.

The ceremony, which celebrated behind-the-scenes talent in British television during 2014, took place tonight (April 26) and was hosted by Stephen Mangan.

Penny Dreadful walked away with three awards, with wins in Production Design and Make Up and Hair Design as well as Original Music for Abel Korzeniowski.

Sherlock's BAFTA successes increase to nine in four years as Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat's drama picked up two wins in Sound: Fiction and Editing: Fiction.

Sally Wainwright received the Writer: Drama award for Happy Valley, while Mackenzie Crook won the first ever BAFTA of his career for Detectorists, which won the Writer: Comedy category.

The X Factor won Entertainment Craft Team - bringing the talent show's BAFTA tally up to seven - as Doctor Who succeeded in the Special, Visual & Graphic Effects category.

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‘Penny Dreadful’ Picks Up Three BAFTAs at TV Craft Awards

26 April 2015 1:43 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — Supernatural horror series “Penny Dreadful” picked up three BAFTAs Sunday for its portrayal of a murky Victorian London, with wins in production design, makeup and hair design, and original music.

Other winners at the British Academy Television Craft Awards, which celebrates the best behind-the-scenes talent in British television of 2014, included “Sherlock,” which picked up BAFTAs for sound in a fiction show and editing in a fiction program.

Sally Wainwright cemented her status as one of the U.K.’s leading writers, receiving a BAFTA in the drama writer category for her rural police thriller “Happy Valley.” In the comedy writer category, Mackenzie Crook prevailed over strong competition to win the first BAFTA of his career for “Detectorists,” in which he also stars alongside Toby Jones.

Julian Farino received the fiction director award for “Marvellous.” The show, which also stars Jones, is a fantasy-biopic of clown Neil Baldwin.

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- Leo Barraclough

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‘Penny Dreadful’ Leads Nominations for BAFTA Television Craft Awards

25 March 2015 3:13 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — Psychological thriller “Penny Dreadful” leads the race for BAFTA’s Television Craft Awards with five nominations.

There are four nominations each for “The Honorable Woman,” starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, and documentary “Life & Death Row,” while “Strictly Come Dancing,” “Peaky Blinders” and “Da Vinci’s Demons” each received three nominations.

In the week that James Corden made his bow on “The Late Late Show” in the U.S., he and Mathew Baynton picked up a BAFTA nomination in the comedy writer category for “The Wrong Mans.”

Among free-tv networks, BBC led the chart with 46 nominations, while Channel 4 had 13, and ITV had 10, while pay TV operator Sky had six.

There were two nominations for “Ripper Street,” marking the first BAFTA nominations for a program shown exclusively on Amazon’s streaming platform, Prime Instant Video.

Vision mixer Hilary Briegel will receive the BAFTA Special Award at the ceremony, which will be held on April 26 at The Brewery, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Exclusive: Timothy Dalton is in pain in new 'Penny Dreadful' character posters

25 February 2015 2:07 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Many TV viewers are counting the days for the return of "Game of Thrones" or "Mad Men."  Those are fine programs that I'll certainly enjoy every week, but the series I'm dying to return to television?  "Penny Dreadful." John Logan's Victorian Era creation shocked me with a set of kick off episodes directed by J.A. Bayona ("The Impossible," the upcoming "A Monster Calls") which were simply two of the most cinematic hours of television I've ever seen (Fienberg and Sepinwall would no doubt quarrel with me on this, but…).  And while the directors of episodes 3-8 weren't exactly as visionary (James Hawes was the best of the rest) it was some impressive writing and the incredible performances of Eva Green (robbed of Golden Globe and SAG nominations), Harry Treadaway, Rory Kinnear, Timothy Dalton and Josh Hartnett that sucked me in ( and, yes, it's easily the best thing Hartnett has ever done. »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Film music critics nominate 'Maleficent,' 'Dragon 2' and 'Hunger Games' scores

5 February 2015 6:27 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The International Film Music Critics Association has revealed nominations for best in movie music from 2014, and prolific composers James Newton Howard ("The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1," "Maleficent") and Alexandre Desplat ("Godzilla," "The Grand Budapest Hotel," "The Imitation Game," "The Monuments Men") led the way with seven and six nominations respectively. Film score of the year contenders include just two Best Original Score Oscar nominees: "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and Hans Zimmer's "Interstellar." "The Imitation Game" and Jóhann Jóhannsson's "Theory of Everything," however, were both nominated in the drama category. "Maleficent" landed the most nominations for a film with four, while DreamWorks Animation's "How to Train Your Dragon 2" picked up three (each of them another if you count composer of the year honors for Howard and John Powell respectively). Check out the full list of nominees below. Winners will be revealed on Feb. 19. And be sure »

- Kristopher Tapley

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