Gothic drama generates €33m for Irish economy
Published 06/03/2014 | 23:58
The series, which will complete production next week, was shot on location around Wicklow and Dublin and employed over 350 Irish cast and crew - including Emmy Award-winning Irish director Dearbhla Walsh who directed two of the episodes.
Created by three time Oscar-nominated screenwriter John Logan, the series is set in Victorian England and sees literary figures such as Dr. Frankenstein's monster, Dracula and Oscar Wilde's Dorian Gray unite on screen.
Logan, who previously worked on 'Hugo' and 'Skyfall', said Ireland was the perfect place to film thanks to the country’s rich cultural heritage.
"Ireland has been a truly inspirational place to film Penny Dreadful," he said. "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."
"Production activity in Ireland 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," he said.
"'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.