Jekyll – starts Saturday 16 June 2007 at 9pm on BBC One
James Nesbitt (Murphy's Law, Bloody Sunday, Cold Feet) stars as Tom Jackman, alongside Gina Bellman, Denis Lawson, Michelle Ryan and Meera Syal, in the highly anticipated BBC One series Jekyll.
It's 2007 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, however, is that Jackman is married, and 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. But neither of them know that 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...
Gina Bellman (Coupling, Blackeyes) plays Mrs Jackman, whose idyllic existence with her two small sons and doting husband is shattered by an ancient family curse. If you think your husband's having a mid-life crisis, try being Mrs Jekyll & Hyde.
Denis Lawson (Holby City, Sensitive Skin, Emmy-nominated for Bleak House) plays Tom Jackman's oldest friend, Peter Syme, who's just a little worried that Tom now seems to be sharing a flat with a younger, sexier man with a taste for the night life.
Michelle Ryan (Mansfield Park, EastEnders, The Bionic Woman) is Tom's enigmatic and dedicated assistant, psychiatric nurse Katherine Reimer, the only person other than Dr Jackman who knows about the secret double life and has the job of helping him lead it – the servant of two masters but only one man.
Meera Syal (Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee, The Kumars At No 42, Keeping Mum) is Miranda, the private detective who stumbles not only on the truth about Dr Jackman and his alter ego, but on a conspiracy over a century old – she must convince Tom that there are more frightening things in this modern world than Mr Hyde...
They are joined by Mark Gatiss (The League Of Gentlemen, Nighty Night), Paterson Joseph (Green Wing, William & Mary), Fenella Woolgar (He Knew He Was Right, The Way We Live Now) and young actors Andrew Byrne (After Thomas) and Christopher Day.
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 says: "Jekyll is modern, contemporary and cutting-edge. I am very excited to have been given the opportunity to explore the comedy and darkness in both characters."
The directors are Douglas Mackinnon (The Flying Scotsman, Gentlemen's Relish, Bodies) and Matt Lipsey (Border Cafe, Little Britain). 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 James Nesbitt is playing the lead, one of the few genuine stars who has the range needed to play this extraordinary role."
Jane Tranter adds: "Steven's Jekyll takes a legendary story and places it firmly in the modern world. It is 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 Stagescreen Productions for BBC One, and a BBC America co-production.