Sky news update: The launch of a brand new show to Sky Atlantic demonstrates how co-production is taking off to offer customers entertaining new programmes.
It has been announced that a brand new show will be gracing the television screens of the UK’s Sky customers: Penny Dreadful. An eight episode series due to be aired on BSkyB’s Sky Atlantic channel will include some of the top names in show business, directed by Juan Antonio Bayona and told by, as described by David Nevins ‘two of the greatest storytellers of our modern times: John Logan and Sam Mendes.
The characters will find themselves in Victorian London encountering some of Literature’s best loved but most feared characters. This will include Oscar Wilde’s vain-stricken anti-hero Dorian Gray and a biting depiction of Bram Stoker’s Dracula but it will also stretch as far as the Georgian period and include Mary Shelley’s dare-to-invent Dr Frankenstein and his monster.
These will all find themselves embroiled in the dramatic streets of Victorian London but the series should be set to hone in on the Irish immigrant who has fled to London to seek salvage from her past; Brona Croft, played by Billie Piper. Joining Piper will be the likes of Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, Josh Hartnett, Harry Treadaway, Rory Kinnear and Reeve Carney.
This is not the first show to enter into co-production in order to boost its chances of catching on as Sky’s other major channels welcome shows such as Strike Back (Sky 1 and Cinemax), The Bridge and The Tunnel (both Sky Atlantic and Canal+), Dracula (Sky Living and NBC) and finally the more recent Fortitude which also found itself gracing the screens of Sky Atlantic.
There appears to be a flurry of these new programmes filtering onto the scene but this one has been pitched as the one to make all the heads turn. Anne Mensah, the Head of Drama at Sky, has made it quite clear how thrilled she is to be able to offer this show to the customers of the UK. It seems set to be a very entertaining programme, combining the ideas that launched Once Upon a Time and Grimm and the traditional costume dramas that are perpetually popular.
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