Billie Piper is back from the dead in bloody trailer for Penny Dreadful series two

Brona Croft emerges gasping from the water as Helen McCrory's Madam Kali takes centre stage in a bloody reintroduction to the Sky Atlantic horror series

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The last we saw of Billie Piper’s Penny Dreadful character Brona Croft, she was dead – smothered by young Victor Frankenstein before she could succumb to the tuberculosis that was consuming her.

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Well now she’s back, glimpsed emerging from the water in the first full trailer for season two of Sky Atlantic’s gothic horror series  and we can only assume that was Frankenstein’s doing too.

The trailer also features Piper’s regular co-stars, Josh Hartnett as her lover Ethan Chandler, Timothy Dalton as Sir Malcolm Murray, Reeve Carney as Dorian Gray, Rory Kinnear as Frankenstein’s original creation and Eva Green as the mysterious Vanessa Ives, who tells us in an ominous voiceover “When Lucifer fell he did not fall alone”.

But perhaps most striking of all is the return of Helen McCrory’s character Madam Kali, who was a bit player in series one but now appears to be taking centre stage – in a very gory manner that is certainly not for the faint-hearted.

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Watch the trailer if you dare…