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Unit photography by Jonathan Hession, courtesy of Showtime.

Opposite, left to
right: Ethan
Chandler (Josh
Hartnett),
Sembene (Danny
Sapani), Vanessa
Ives (Eva Green),
Sir Malcolm
Murray (Timothy
Dalton) and Dr.
Victor
Frankenstein
(Harry
Treadaway)
contend with the
supernatural in
the horror-drama
series Penny
Dreadful. This
page, top: Ives
confronts a
shape-shifting
witch. Bottom:
Cinematographers
John Conroy, ISC
(left) and Owen
McPolin, ISC
(right) on set.

who are responsible for more than half
the episodes of Showtime and Sky's
ambitious
horror-thriller
Penny
Dreadful. The visually sumptuous
series, led by series creator-showrunner
John Logan and his fellow executive
producer Sam Mendes, has just
concluded its second season of nailbiting suspense.
Set in 19th-century London,
Penny Dreadful is a dark and bloody
saga, spinning interconnected tales of
human encounters with a nightmarish
underworld and its unearthly inhabitants. Sir Malcolm Murray (Timothy
Dalton) is an English explorer and

adventurer whose unsuccessful attempt
to save his daughter, Mina, from a
vampire master cements his resolve to
thwart the show's preternatural villains;
Mina's childhood friend Vanessa Ives
(Eva Green) is a stalwart heroine
tormented, quite literally, by an inner
demon; Dr. Victor Frankenstein
(Harry Treadaway) must contend with
the constantly looming threat of his
reanimated Creature (Rory Kinnear);
and Ethan Chandler ( Josh Hartnett) is
a dashing American sharpshooter
seeking to make amends for his past
misdeeds while struggling with his own
horrific curse, which occasionally
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transforms him into a flesh-ripping
werewolf. Interacting with this core
group are iconic characters that include
the ageless Dorian Gray (Reeve
Carney) and other figures from the
classic-horror canon.
McPolin is the most prolific of
the series' four cinematographers to
date, with seven episodes under his belt,
including three in season two. The Irish
cinematographer, whose recent credits
include Ripper Street, Da Vinci's Demons
and Whitechapel, began working in the
industry during the mid-'90s after
growing up on the Emerald Isle and
completing his film education in the
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