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Night Work 

London 1891. Renowned explorer Sir Malcolm Murray and the strangely beautiful Vanessa Ives recruit American sharp-shooter Ethan Chandler and Dr. Victor Frankenstein to help them search for someone who has been lost.


J.A. Bayona


John Logan (creator), John Logan

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Reeve Carney ... Dorian Gray (credit only)
Timothy Dalton ... Sir Malcolm Murray
Eva Green ... Vanessa Ives
Rory Kinnear ... The Creature (credit only)
Billie Piper ... Brona Croft (credit only)
Danny Sapani ... Sembene
Harry Treadaway ... Dr. Victor Frankenstein
Josh Hartnett ... Ethan Chandler
Simon Russell Beale ... Ferdinand Lyle
Alex Price ... Proteus
Olivia Llewellyn ... Mina Harker
Lorcan Cranitch ... Inspector Granworthy
Aoife Byrne Aoife Byrne ... Mother
Karla Lyons Karla Lyons ... 7 Year Old Girl
Owen Roe ... Colonel Brewster


London 1891. As the police investigate a series of gruesome murders, renowned explorer Sir Malcolm Murray and the strangely beautiful Vanessa Ives know there's something darker at play. In search of someone close to them who has been lost, they recruit American sharp-shooter Ethan Chandler and Dr. Victor Frankenstein to help them on their journey. Written by G

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Drama | Fantasy | Horror


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28 April 2014 (USA) See more »

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In this episode Vanessa Ives offers Ethan Chandler employment which she refers to as "night work". The episodes title is derived from the job description in this conversation. See more »


00:8:21.00: Close-up on Ethan Chandler's cheap battery-powered pocket watch, whose brand name "Jean Jacot" was first registered in 2015 and belongs to a German company offering advertising gifts. The watch's quartz movement is obvious even to the layman on account of its jumping seconds hand. This watch could not have existed in 1891. See more »


[first lines]
7 Year Old Girl: [the 7 year old girl wakes up after she hears something take away her mother] Mum?
7 Year Old Girl: [the little girl walks down the creaky steps calling out] Mum? Mum?
[when the little girl screams at the shattered window]
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Written by Abel Korzeniowski
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A good start
28 February 2019 | by maxglenSee all my reviews

I'm a big fan of gothic horror such as Frankenstein, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Dorian Gray, the list goes on, so I was pretty happy to discover a culmination of those stories for a more mature audience and with it's own characters to bring to the table and I must say when I first watched this a few years ago it really scratched that itch. it gets the visual style of the gothic horror exactly right, better than most if not all other shows and films and it's delightfully violent with interesting and well portrayed characters. Watching it back now that I myself have matured it certainly has it's faults such as some slightly cringeworthy dialogue and useless sexual scenes to cash in on the sex craze that shows like Game of Thrones popularised but it's still a very enjoyable watch and only gets better from here on out

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