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Major SHOWTIME® Drama ‘Penny Dreadful’ Completes Filming in Ireland

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Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan today met with John Logan, the multi-award winning creator of the SHOWTIME/Sky AtlanticTV series ‘Penny Dreadful’, and the show’s star Timothy Dalton (Licence to Kill) on the set of ‘Penny Dreadful’ in Ardmore Studios, Co Wicklow.

‘Penny Dreadful’ filmed entirely in Wicklow and Dublin. The series which was co-produced by SHOWTIME and Sky Atlantic benefited from Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board’s International Production Fund, which aims to attract major film and television productions to Ireland.

‘Penny Dreadful’ is a dark psychological thriller starring Josh Hartnett (Black Hawk Down), Timothy Dalton (The Living Daylights, Licence to Kill) and Eva Green (Casino Royale). Reeve Carney (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark), Rory Kinnear (Skyfall), Billie Piper (Doctor Who, Secret Diary of a Call Girl), Danny Sapani (The Bill) and Harry Treadaway (The Lone Ranger), also star. This new eight-part series, which will be screened exclusively on Sky Atlantic in Ireland and the UK and on SHOWTIME in the USA, filmed in Ardmore Studios and will have provided employment opportunities for over 350 Irish cast and crew. Emmy Award-winning Irish director Dearbhla Walsh (The Tudors, Little Dorrit) directed two episodes of the series.
Major SHOWTIME® Drama ‘Penny Dreadful’ Completes Filming in Ireland

Commenting on his experience of filming on location in Ireland, series creator John Logan said, “Ireland has been a truly inspirational place to film Penny Dreadful. Not only does it have deeply talented crews, but the city’s unspoiled architecture perfectly captures London at the turn of the last century. Also the ghosts of Bram Stoker and Oscar Wilde walk these streets, which is pretty inspirational for us too.”

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan said, “The Government is focused on job creation, and the film and television industry can deliver increased employment opportunities over the next number of years. Production activity has increased by 42% since 2011 as a result of real growth in the number of major international TV drama productions being produced in Ireland. ‘Penny Dreadful’, a project worth €33 million to the Irish economy, is an excellent example of this.

“By improving the incentives for producing film and television in Ireland, this Government is aiming to grow the sector even more. Throughout 2014, I will continue to promote Ireland as an attractive location for film and television production. We want to see more films and TV series being made here – and more people working in film – in the period ahead,” the Minister continued.

Key Irish creative roles on the series include cinematographers PJ Dillon and Owen McPolin, set decorator Philip Murphy, Master Painter Neville Gaynor, Prop Master David Flanagan, Construction Manager Nicky MacManus and Locations Managers Maria O’Connor and Colm Nolan.The series will be broadcast in Ireland and the UK exclusively on Sky Atlantic this May and in the USA on SHOWTIME from May 11th.

‘Penny Dreadful’ is created, written and executive produced by three-time Oscar® nominee John Logan (Hugo, The Aviator, Gladiator) and executive produced by Logan’s Desert Wolf Productions, along with Oscar® winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall) and Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road, Call the Midwife), both of Neal Street Productions. ‘Penny Dreadful’ is produced by Neal Street Productions and Desert Wolf Productions and co-produced in Ireland by Octagon Films for SHOWTIME and Sky Atlantic, with funding from Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board.