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TV viewers can now get a sneak preview of the new Sky Atlantic show 'Penny Dreadful', which is set to launch later in 2014.

The latest project from 'Skyfall' writer John Logan and director Sam Mendes, it looks set to be one of the spookiest shows on TV.

Picking up the baton from 'True Blood', and 'Hemlock Grove', the Showtime series will bring all manner of horrors into your living room.

Set in Victorian London, it features an assortment of ghouls, monsters and characters from classic gothic literature - including Dorian Gray, Dracula and Dr Frankenstein.

When the characters are not killing, they are having sex - or thinking about killing.

The show will feature an ensemble cast, including Josh Hartnett - who plays the charming man of action Ethan Chandler - and 'Casino Royale' actress Eva Green - who is cast as the enigmatic Vanessa Ives.

Continuing the Bond link, ex-007 Timothy Dalton stars as Sir Malcolm, a hardened African explorer, and Rory Kinnear - who first featured in 'Quantum of Solace' - plays Frankenstein's monster.

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Billie Piper also joins the cast as Brona Croft, an Irish immigrant who is looking to escape a dark past.

The trailer features spiders, vampires and corpses just for starters, and sees Vanessa Ives warn Ethan Chandler about the "half-world between what we know and what we fear".

A spokesperson has described the show - which will follow a detective investigating a string of unexplained events - as being "very psychological and highly erotic".

US viewers will have the first opportunity to check out 'Penny Dreadful', with the series receiving its debut on May 11th.

No date has been set for its launch on Sky Atlantic as yet, however the show is expected to hit UK television screens later this year.

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