Penny Dreadful

Penny Dreadful (2014)

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Season 2 generally

Factual error: Educated characters, including an eminent scholar, continually translate 'Lupus Dei' as 'Hound of God'. Even someone with the most basic Latin would know it actually means 'Wolf of God'.


Verbis Diablo - S2-E2

Factual error: Sir Malcolm tells Vanessa to wear a facemask when they go to minister to the poor as cholera is rife in the area. However, the series is set in the 1890s and it had been well-known since the 1850s that cholera was caused by contaminated food and water and not by airborne germs. As an educated man, Sir Malcolm is bound to know this.


Verbis Diablo - S2-E2

Factual error: Sir Malcolm and Evelyn fire the Mauser C96 Broomhandle pistol. The series is set in 1891 or 1892 and this weapon was not introduced until 1897.


Perpetual Night - S3-E8

Continuity mistake: Dr. Seward is attacked by Brownfield. She hits him on the head with a heavy ashtray. He falls on the floor. First you see his body facing left. In the next shot, his body is facing right.


The Day Tennyson Died - S3-E1

Factual error: The camera is scanning under the bed where Vanessa is lying and shows an ashtray full of cigarette butts. The cigarette butts have filters. Filters weren't invented until 1934, but the show is set in the 1800's.

Kellie Wood Meckes

And They Were Enemies - S2-E10

Continuity mistake: The moment Madame Kali drops down dead, killed by werewolf Chandler, she's still wrinkled and old. Later on in that scene, though, when the monster runs off, her skin is all nice and smooth again. (00:19:10 - 00:20:05)


Above the Vaulted Sky - S2-E5

Factual error: Inspector Rusk uses the term "trope" in its modern meaning of a theme or motif. This usage did not come into vogue until the late 20th century; the first such usage recorded by the OED was in 1975. The series is set in the 1890s and the language used is generally that of the time.


Above the Vaulted Sky - S2-E5

Factual error: Inspector Rusk lost an arm while serving in the army before he became a policeman. A one-armed man would never have been allowed to join the police in Victorian England - as today, all police officers had to join as uniformed constables and they had to be completely physically fit and able-bodied. Only the most senior officers (well above inspector) could join directly in a senior rank.


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