The BBC today released details of Steven Moffat’s ‘Jekyll’, described as a "e;modern twist on the classic tale of scientific misadventure"e;.
�Moffatt himself describes the show as "e;Somewhere between a modern horror story and The Odd Couple"e; whilst producers Elaine Cameron and Jeffrey Taylor claim the series "e;is a remarkable conspiracy thriller – more Spooks than Robert Louis Stevenson."e;
James Nesbitt takes the lead role with a supporting cast including Gina Bellman, Denis Lawson, Michelle Ryan and Meera Syal.
The story is set in 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’s 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 Executive Producers are Beryl Vertue and Steven Moffat with Douglas Mackinnon (The Flying Scotsman, Gentlemen’s Relish, Bodies), and Matt Lipsey (Border Café, Little Britain) sharing Directing duties.
Jane Tranter, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning adds: "e;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 o
n a man whose life is literally split in half."e;
A Hartswood Films Production in association with Stagescreen Productions for BBC ONE, Jekyll goes into production in September and will be screened next year.