Category: TV Drama; BBC ONE
Popular actor James Nesbitt (Murphy's Law, Bloody Sunday) is to take the lead role in the highly-anticipated series Jekyll on BBC ONE.
Writer Steven Moffat (Coupling, Doctor Who) has taken a modern twist on the classic tale of scientific misadventure which he describes as, "Somewhere between a modern horror story and The Odd Couple," whilst producers Elaine Cameron and Jeffrey Taylor comment: "The series is a remarkable conspiracy thriller - more Spooks than Robert Louis Stevenson."
James Nesbitt comments: "Jekyll is modern, contemporary and cutting-edge - I am excited about exploring the comedy and darkness in both characters."
It is 2006 and there's a new Dr Jekyll, with an old problem - Mr Hyde. But they have a deal - a body share - and an impossible life is somehow lived.
What Hyde doesn't know is that Jekyll is married. There's a wife and two children he'll do anything to protect from his dark side.
With all the resources of modern technology, and the best surveillance hardware, he's determined to keep his dark side in line. He's done a deal with his own devil.
What neither of them knows: an ancient organisation, with limitless wealth and power, is monitoring their every move, and a plan over a century in the making is coming to fruition.
The return of Dr Jekyll is no accident.
The drama series will start filming in September 2006. Executive Producers are Beryl Vertue and Steven Moffat. The series was commissioned by Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning, Jane Tranter, and BBC Head of Independent Drama, John Yorke.
Beryl Vertue says: "The scripts are brilliant - scary, funny, and full of the unexpected. We are delighted about James Nesbitt, one of the few genuine stars who has the range needed to play this extraordinary role."
Jane Tranter, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning, adds: "Steven's Jekyll takes a legendary story and places it firmly in the modern world.
"It will be high concept, intelligent and utterly engrossing as we focus on a man whose life is literally split in half."
Jekyll is a Hartswood Films Production in association with Stage Screen Productions for BBC ONE.