AIRDATE: Sunday 25 Oct 2015 at 6.30pm on ITV (60 minutes)
Season 1 Episode 1 (of 10)
An early evening premiere for the highly anticipated Jekyll and Hyde.
It’s 1885 and Edward Hyde gets into an altercation in the street with his patron, Sir Danvers Carew – and murders him. Fast forward to 1935, in Ceylon, where Hyde’s grandson, the orphaned Robert Jekyll (played by rising star Tom Bateman), is a young doctor and completely unaware of his ancestry. Here Robert saves a young girl with a superhuman show of strength. This strength is a side effect of his mysterious ‘condition’, for which he has always taken pills. But this time the incident gets into the newspapers. The report reveals his whereabouts to a lawyer, one Max Utterson in London. So, Utterson summons Jekyll to England and Robert learns he is the sole heir to a large estate. There’s only one snag, Robert wants nothing to do with the dark story.
However, Robert has also been spotted on the radar by two other organisations. The first is MIO, a government department headed up by Mr. Bulstrode. MIO’s mission is to combat monsters. For them Robert’s appearance is a harbinger of increasing enemy action. Tenebrae are the enemy: an ancient and sinister organization with a keen interest in recruiting shape‐shifters like Robert. Sure enough Tenebrae and their top agent, Captain Dance, arrive in Ceylon and descends upon Robert’s family.
Now Robert is adrift in London, with only Utterson and a new friend, Lily, to guide him. At which point news of event’s with his foster family reaches him. Right now, right when he needs them most, Robert discovers his pills are missing and he suffers his first full blown transformation into another personality – Hyde. In contrast to the sensitive, considerate Robert Jekyll, Hyde is a selfish, uninhibited, muscle‐bound brute. He goes out on the town looking for trouble, and finds it. At ‘The Empire’ bar, an old watering hole of Edward Hyde’s, Robert’s drunken antics start a fight and he gets injured. An old man called Garson and the lovely bar owner, Bella, save his life.
From an idea conceived by acclaimed novelist Charlie Higson, the action and fantasy series has been inspired by The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. Higson has written and will executive produce the drama which exudes mystery, fantasy, horror and sci-fi.
Set in 1930’s London at a time of Hollywood glamour, aerodynamic cars and monster movies, the drama will pay homage to the Stevenson novel, and focus 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 Hyde in moments of extreme anger, stress and when his or the lives of others are threatened.