Jekyll and Hyde is a British period drama television series with elements of mystery, fantasy, horror and sci-fi created by Charlie Higson, inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and 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.
Tom Bateman (Da Vinci's Demons, The Tunnel), Richard E. Grant (Downton Abbey, Doctor Who) and Natalie Gumede (Coronation Street, Death in Paradise) join forces to star in the drama.
Bateman takes the lead role as Robert Jekyll, Grant plays Sir Roger Bulstrode who heads the secret government department M10 known as 'The Invisible Men' and Gumede takes the part of Bella, who forms part of a love triangle with Robert.
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.
Higson's Jekyll is a young, sensitive and naïve man of intellect and morality, a well meaning if slightly repressed character who slips between his two personas unwillingly.
Hyde is a totally different person; a superhero with super powers, great strength, speed and invulnerability. He is confident, risk-taking and lives life on the edge. His self-destructive nature gets him into trouble, and yet he is an incredibly powerful force. He is a man of action who gets things done despite the consequences!
Throughout the series we will witness Jekyll wrestling with the dark, brooding personality of Hyde as he struggles to come to terms with his superhero alter ego.
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.
Further cast includes Stephanie Hyam (Murdered By My Boyfriend), Donald Sumpter (Game of Thrones, Being Human), Amit Shah (The Smoke, Hustle), Phil McKee (Ripper Street, Dracula), Christian McKay (Rush, Theory of Everything), Ruby Bentall (Lark Rise to Candleford, The Paradise), Enzo Cilenti (Game of Thrones), Lolita Chakrabarti (The Smoke, Death in Paradise), Michael Karim (Inspector Lewis) and Ace Bhatti (Silk, Eastenders).
The series is from an idea conceived by Charlie Higson, who wrote and executive produced the drama. ITV Studios Director of Drama Francis Hopkinson (Lucan, Wallander, DCI Banks) also executive produce with Foz Allan (Wolfblood, The Dumping Ground, Robin Hood) as Series Producer.
Jekyll and Hyde is from ITV Studios.
and Richard E. Grant
Sir Roger Bulstrode