Jekyll and Hyde
Series title against a background of weapons
GenreFantasy
Action
Drama
Thriller
Horror
Created byCharlie Higson
Based onStrange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Starring
Composers
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series1
No. of episodes10
Production
CinematographyMark Waters
Running time45–46 minutes
Production companyITV Studios
Release
Original networkITV, STV, UTV
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
Audio formatStereo
Original release25 October (2015-10-25) –
27 December 2015 (2015-12-27)

Jekyll and Hyde is a British TV fantasy drama based loosely on Robert Louis Stevenson's 1886 novella Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Set in 1930s London and Ceylon, it follows the character of Dr. Robert Jekyll, a grandson of the Victorian Dr. Henry Jekyll, who has inherited his grandfather's split personality and violent alter-ego.

The series aired on ITV in the United Kingdom from 25 October to 27 December 2015 and it consisted of ten episodes. On 5 January 2016, creator Charlie Higson announced on Twitter that ITV had decided to pass on a second series.[1]

Cast

Production

The series was based at 3 Mills Studios and also filmed in Kent – Rochester High Street doubles as the exterior of the Empire music hall and The Guildhall Museum features as the hotel where Dr. Jekyll (Tom Bateman) first lodges when arriving in England. The Historic Dockyard Chatham was used as location for the scenes used for Gravesend Docks, Tenebrae offices and factory and various areas of the site feature as London Streets and markets. Elmley Nature Reserve features in episode three as the setting for Maggie's (Niamh Walsh) country house and the Fort Amherst tunnels are used in episodes 9 and 10 where Jekyll finds out about the powers of The Incubus.

Episodes

No.Title [3]Directed byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
1"The Harbinger"Colin TeagueCharlie Higson25 October 2015 (2015-10-25)2-2650-0001
After his name appears in a local paper, Robert Jekyll is contacted by his biological grandfather's lawyer in London about the family estate.
2"Mr. Hyde"Colin TeagueCharlie Higson1 November 2015 (2015-11-01)2-2650-0002
Confused at events since arriving in London, Robert attempts to carry out further research in his grandfather's laboratory.
3"The Cutter"Colin TeagueCharlie Higson8 November 2015 (2015-11-08)2-2650-0003
The arrival of the mysterious Captain Dance in London incites further activity from MIO's captives, while Robert attempts to control his transformation using his grandfather's serum.
4"The Calyx"Joss AgnewCharlie Higson22 November 2015 (2015-11-22)[4]2-2650-0004
While trying to harness his abilities as Hyde to save his long-lost grandmother, Robert finds himself caught between Tenebrae and MIO as he is tempted to open an ancient container.
5"Black Dog"Robert QuinnGuy Burt29 November 2015 (2015-11-29)[5]2-2650-0005
When Robert and Utterson investigate another branch of the Jekyll family tree, they find themselves facing an unexpected new threat.
6"Spring-Heeled Jack"Steward SvaasandJason Sutton6 December 2015 (2015-12-06)2-2650-0006
The return of an old serial killer prompts MIO to 'ask' Robert for help.
7"The Reaper"Steward SvaasandSimon J. Ashford13 December 2015 (2015-12-13)2-2650-0007
When his brother is taken as the new 'host' for the Reaper, Robert must resort to unconventional methods to save his life.
8"Moroii"Robert QuinnSophie Petzal23 December 2015 (2015-12-23)[6]2-2650-0008
When he is asked to investigate an apparent vampire attack, Robert is shocked to learn that the true culprit is his previously-unknown sister.
9"The Incubus"Joss AgnewGareth Roberts27 December 2015 (2015-12-27)2-2650-0009
Hiding out in the country, Robert and his family face an unanticipated new threat in the form of an incubus.
10"The Heart of Lord Trash"Steward SvaasandCharlie Higson27 December 2015 (2015-12-27)2-2650-0010
Various secrets come to light, culminating in a final confrontation between Robert and Dance over the Calyx.

Broadcast

Network(s)/Station(s) Series premiere Airing dates Title
Canada Canada CBC TV () 11 January 2016 on CBC.[7][8] () Jekyll and Hyde ( ; lit: )
Thailand Thailand Channel 3 Family (13) June 4, 2018 – July 8, 2018 (Monday - Thursday 22:30) หมอวิปริตจิตหลุดโลก (Jekyll and Hyde; lit: )
5HD1 November 23, 2019 – December 22, 2019 (Every Saturday and Sunday from 20.20 - 21.20) หมอวิปริตจิตหลุดโลก ( Jekyll and Hyde; lit: )

Controversies

The opening episode attracted 459 complaints to the UK broadcasting regulator Ofcom in regard to the level of violence contained within a programme shown at 6.30pm. Ofcom subsequently announced that it had launched an investigation.,[9] which ultimately ruled that the show had breached the Ofcom Broadcasting Code, as children were not "protected from unsuitable material by appropriate scheduling."[10]

After the November 2015 Paris attacks, episode 4 was delayed for a week as it was felt that the subject matter would be upsetting with the fresh memories of the experience.

Cancellation

On 5 January 2016, ITV confirmed that it would not be renewing Jekyll and Hyde for a second series. Reasons included poor and decreasing viewing figures,[11] unfavourable comparisons to Doctor Who[12] and public backlash following "hundreds of complaints" regarding the appropriateness of the content for a teatime family show.[13]

Unmade second series

On 8 July 2016, Higson explained in a tweets thread what would have happened in Series 2: "We had lots of great stories already written for series 2 of Jekyll & Hyde. Robert was going to find out a lot more about his mother and find his father. He was going to reluctantly work for MIO. Robert & Ravi were going to return to Sri Lanka & uncover some buried secrets. Bella’s family history was going to come into play. There were going to be some shocking deaths and reversals. And we were going to find out a lot more about Lord Trash... Instead, since ITV didn't want to make any more, they’re all dead!"[14]

References

  1. ^ Higson, Charlie. "Sad day today as ITV announce they don't want any more #JekyllandHyde Ah well, I tried. It was a grand adventure while it lasted".
  2. ^ Robinson, Dom. "Jekyll and Hyde Episode 1 – The DVDfever Review". DVDfever. Retrieved 17 September 2019.
  3. ^ "Jekyll and Hyde Season 1". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
  4. ^ Postponed from 15 November 2015 (2015-11-15) due to the November 2015 Paris attacks.
  5. ^ Rescheduled from 22 November 2015 (2015-11-22) due to the November 2015 Paris attacks.
  6. ^ Rescheduled from 20 December 2015 (2015-12-20).
  7. ^ "CBC-TV stacks fall and winter lineups with British, Aussie fare". CFTR (AM). 28 May 2015. Retrieved 22 December 2015.
  8. ^ "Jekyll and Hyde". CBC. CBC. Retrieved 31 December 2015.
  9. ^ "Jekyll and Hyde 'scary' probe launched". BBC.co.uk. 29 October 2015. Retrieved 29 October 2015.
  10. ^ "Jekyll and Hyde WAS broadcast too early according to Ofcom", Radio Times, Monday 25 January 2016. Accessed 5 April 2017.
  11. ^ "ITV axes Jekyll and Hyde following poor ratings figures", The Guardian, 6 January 2016. Accessed 5 April 2017.
  12. ^ "Jekyll and Hyde and the elusive Doctor Who effect", Radio Times, 25 October 2015. Accessed 5 April 2017.
  13. ^ "Jekyll and Hyde axed by ITV after one series following hundreds of complaints", Daily Express, Wednesday 6 January 2016. Accessed 5 April 2017.
  14. ^ "Charlie Higson Twitter". Twitter. Twitter. Retrieved 8 July 2016.