The launch of ITV’s ten-part ‘action adventure series’ Jekyll and Hyde is just around the corner. Penned by author Charlie Higson (Young Bond series, The Enemy series) Jekyll and Hyde is inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and according to ITV “exudes mystery, fantasy, horror and sci-fi.”

The cast is led by Tom Bateman (Da Vinci’s Demons, The Tunnel) as Robert Jekyll, Richard E Grant as Bulstrode, who heads the secret government department known as ‘The Invisible Men’ and Natalie Gumede (Coronation Street, Doctor Who) plays Bella, Robert’s love interest. They will be joined by Stephanie Hyam (Murdered By My Boyfriend), Donald Sumpter (Game of Thrones), Amit Shah (Hustle), Tom Rhys Harries (Midsomer Murders), Tony Way (Edge of Tomorrow) Neil Bishop (Pride) and Phil McKee (Ripper Street).

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Set in 1930’s London at a time of Hollywood glamour, aerodynamic cars and monster movies, the drama pays homage to the Stevenson novel, and focuses on the young, attractive, troubled hero, Robert Jekyll, the grandson of the original doctor.  At the heart of the drama is Robert Jekyll’s quest to discover his real identity, his true family history and the nature of his ‘curse’.  Jekyll transforms into superhero Hyde in moments of extreme anger, stress and when his or the lives of others are threatened.

In the opening episode Jekyll is a newly qualified doctor living with his foster parents in Ceylon.  He knows nothing of his family history or his inherited condition, which his foster father, Dr Vishal Najaran, is controlling with medication.  The drama follows his path to discovery, which coincides with the transformative powers of his condition growing stronger and more disruptive.  His journey will take him into a dark and unforgiving place, as his alter ego seems capable of anything. At the same time there are shadowy forces trying to find Jekyll and the source of his powers.

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About The Author

Olga Hughes is currently pre-occupied with fairy tales, fantasy, misanthropy, medieval history and the long eighteenth century. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Victorian College of the Arts and is currently majoring in Literature and History at Deakin. She has contributed to websites such as History behind Game of Thrones, The Anne Boleyn Files and The Tudor Society.