The Nightmare Worlds of H.G. Wells is an anthology of four spooky tales:The Story of the Late Mr. Elvesham is a gothic horror in which a bright but poor student, Edward Eden, unwittingly exchanges his youth for riches; The Purple Pileus is an horrific, hallucinogenic cautionary tale about marriage and the dangers of eating mysterious funghi; The Moth follows a professor who, after the death of his fiercest rival, descends into madness and The Devotee Of Art is about an artists obsession and the lengths he is willing to go to achieve artistic perfection. The series features Ray Winstone (Sexy Beast) as H.G. Wells, narrating the stories and includes performances from Michael Gambon (Harry Potter), Luke Treadaway (Fortitude) and Rupert Graves (Sherlock).
The Late Mr Elvesham sees bright but poor student Luke Treadaway unwittingly exchange his youth for riches with a charismatic old gentleman played by Michael Gambon.
Devotee of Art casts actor and folk singer Johnny Flynn as a passionate artist obsessed with his work. Misfits star Antonia Thomas (who also worked alongside Flynn in Channel 4 comedy Scrotal Recall) takes on the role of his neglected wife.
The Moth tells the story of renowned scientists and rivals Professor Pawkins (James Wilby) and Professor Hapley (Rupert Graves) and the strange events that follow Pawkins’ death.
The Purple Pileus stars Shaun Parkes as James Coombs, a man tired of life and sick of his weary marriage to his wife, Leanne Best.