After finding success with audiences and critics alike, the TV channel Sky Atlantic has agreed to commission a second season of the horror drama Penny Dreadful.
While the first season of the show only ran for eight episodes, Sky have asked for the second to run at ten episodes. This is the same length as Game Of Thrones, which is currently the most popular show on the network.
Penny Dreadful has been drawing an audience figure of around 310,000 every week. This is over 41,000 more viewers that the slot — 10:30pm on Monday night — has received for the past 12 months.
The show was created for Showtime in the United States, a subscription channel that has in the past partnered its show Homeland with Channel 4 and Dexter with FX in the United Kingdom.
Penny Dreadful is inspired by old horror stories like Dracula, Frankenstein and The Picture Of Dorian Gray. It was created by John Logan who wrote the script for the Martin Scorsese 3D adventure film Hugo and James Bond movie Skyfall. Skyfall’s Oscar winning director Sam Mendes serves as the executive producer.
Stuart Murphy, the director of entertainment channels at Sky, said: “The fact that big A-list talent like Sam Mendes and John Logan are doing TV projects means that audiences are going to get a better TV experience.
“When you look at the US cable networks, they are creatively charged up and doing some really interesting stuff. The networks in America are really open to working with Brits behind the scenes in their production teams and it means the nuance of American TV has improved and that is a good thing and has impacted on us.”
Four episodes of Penny Dreadful have aired on Sky Atlantic and are available to watch on Sky Go. The fifth will air tonight at 10:30pm.