Saturday 3 December 2016

Jekyll And Hyde sets to be used for shelters at Calais refugee camp

Published 07/01/2016 | 11:41

Calais is home to the large refugee camp known as the Jungle, where migrants and refugees wait to enter the UK
Calais is home to the large refugee camp known as the Jungle, where migrants and refugees wait to enter the UK

Sets from ITV's recently axed Jekyll And Hyde will be sent to Calais to make shelters for refugees.

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Charlie Higson, creator of the 1930s-set drama, confirmed the news on Twitter.

He wrote: "One small good thing to come out of #JekyllandHyde cancellation. Our sets have been shipped to Calais to make refugee shelters. True."

Calais is home to the large refugee camp known as the Jungle, where migrants and refugees wait to enter the UK.

The refugee camp was also the focus of attention from elusive street artist Banksy last autumn. When his controversial Weston-super-Mare attraction Dismaland was dismantled, timber and fixtures from the "bemusement park" were sent to the Jungle.

About 5,000 people displaced from countries including Syria, Libya and Eritrea are believed to be camped in and around the French port.

Higson revealed his adaptation of Jekyll And Hyde would not be returning for a second series due to poor viewing figures.

The show's audiences plummeted from an overnight average of 3.4 million for the first episode to 1.1 million for the finale.

"Just to make it absolutely clear. ITV were completely behind #JekyllandHyde They still like the show. But sadly not enough viewers," he posted on Twitter.

The 57-year-old said the decision not to make any more had nothing to do with it being too violent or scary.

During its short run, Jekyll And Hyde attracted hundreds of complaints about its content.

The drama, starring Tom Bateman and Richard E Grant, sparked objections to disturbing scenes in the first episode - which was broadcast at 6.30pm on Sunday October 25, two and a half hours before the watershed.

It featured a half-human half-dog creature called the Harbinger, the physical transformation of saintly Jekyll into evil Hyde, and the brutal murder of a couple.

It also showed a bar fight and another punch-up in an alleyway.

Another episode believed to feature a gunfight was not broadcast in the wake of November's terror attacks in Paris.

Higson defended the show, saying ITV put out a warning about the violent scenes.

It remains under investigation by Ofcom with a ruling expected early this year, according to Broadcast magazine.

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