Simon Russell Beale based his accent for his character, Ferdinand Lyle, on the accent of the renowned playwright Tom Stoppard. Stoppard was born in Czechoslovakia, but while still a young boy, his family fled the Nazis. They went first to India (where he spent three years), where his Czech mother was remarried to a British Army Major, and subsequently Tom was educated in north-central and northeast England. Consequently, Stoppard's adult accent, though mostly standard Received Pronunciation English, is a unique combination of many diverse linguistic and dialectical influences. See more »
Season 3 episode "The Blessed Dark" had a different opening title sequence and used a somber theme song to match the mood of the finale. See more »
Epic Horror and Mystery Drama: Penny Dreadful makes Supernatural look like kindergarten
This review is based on the pilot of the show. This show is great. It's designed for the viewers who like horror genre. It's kind of hard core and sophisticated version of Supernatural. It has elements of psychology, anatomy and history as well to draw the attention of specific viewers. Vanessa Ives character seems like supernatural female version of Sherlock Holmes. The setting of this show in the Victorian era makes it more likable. It has all the basic characters of horror themes shows like vampires etc. Super stars like Eva Green and Josh Hartnett presence as main characters also gives this show an edge over the other show of the horror genre. All the main cast is also versatile and their characters are well designed. It has a Gothic vibe going all over the series. There's no reason that this show is not gonna be a big hit. Some critics are already considering it for the best new TV series of 2014.
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