Penny Dreadful (2014–2016)
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Vanessa's infatuation with Dorian Gray grows. Professor Van Helsing is hired to work with Dr. Frankenstein. Fenton draws his master to Sir Malcolm's mansion.


Dearbhla Walsh


John Logan (creator), John Logan




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Reeve Carney ... Dorian Gray
Timothy Dalton ... Sir Malcolm Murray
Eva Green ... Vanessa Ives
Rory Kinnear ... The Creature
Billie Piper ... Brona Croft
Danny Sapani ... Sembene
Harry Treadaway ... Dr. Victor Frankenstein
Josh Hartnett ... Ethan Chandler
Alun Armstrong ... Vincent Brand
David Warner ... Professor Abraham Van Helsing
Olly Alexander ... Fenton
Hannah Tointon ... Maud Gunneson
Hayley Canham ... Girl Outside Church
George Hanover ... Nanny
Gavin Fowler ... Simon


Frankenstein consults a hematologist, Professor Abraham Van Helsing, who finds the blood contains an unique property that prevents complete coagulation. He believes it assists in the eating of blood. Frankenstein begins experimenting on Fenton, the vampire they caught and are keeping in chains. Frankenstein is also having to deal with his creature who wants him to create a female companion for him. Chandler takes Brona to the Grand Guignol theater. Gray is there, as is Vanessa, but it's Chandler he is interested in. Written by garykmcd

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Drama | Fantasy | Horror


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David Warner (Abraham Van Helsing) previously played a vampire hunter in My Best Friend Is a Vampire (1987) (1987). See more »


Sir Malcolm mentions that discovering the source of the Nile is a 'holy grail' for explorers. However, the series is set after Jack the Ripper was active (the late 1880s) and the source of the Nile was located by John Hanning Speke in August 1858. An educated man like Sir Malcolm would surely have known this. See more »


[first lines]
Girl Outside Church: [the little girl outside a church approaches Vanessa Ives] Why didn't you go in? Don't you like churches?
Vanessa Ives: Well, I suppose I do.
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Written by Richard Wagner
From the 1859 opera "Tristan und Isolde"
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Wicked (and "filler" is in the eye of the...)
5 February 2018 | by jobates30See all my reviews

There was a time when we let storytellers tell "their" story's. We went along for the ride. My point is if you want to do the driving, tell for own story. These terms like "filler" should be used for weak storytelling and obvious displays of such. "Demimonde" is a very light to dark transition over the scope of the episode. Well written and paced. It pauses. It breathes slowly. It slaps you in the face a couple of times. Brona, the terrier. It shows Ethan's overwhelming sense of the opposing pressure til it culminates. But then, that's if your actually watching and going along with the story and not just waiting for your expectations to be met. You see you have to care. If you don't, well that's on you as the viewer most times. Well done film artist.

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