Tuesday 17 October 2017

Troubled Jekyll and Hyde 'will not return for second series'

Tom Bateman starred in Jekyll and Hyde, which drew a number of complaints about its content
Tom Bateman starred in Jekyll and Hyde, which drew a number of complaints about its content

The ITV remake of Jekyll and Hyde will not be returning for a second series, its creator has confirmed.

Charlie Higson said the show, which attracted hundreds of complaints about its content, said there were "some great stories lined up" for the next series.

But he said ITV "don't want any more" of the programme, describing it as a "sad day".

The drama, starring Tom Bateman and Richard E Grant, attracted more than 800 complaints about depictions of violence and 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 the terror attacks in Paris, and the show's audiences plummeted from more than four million to 1.8 million.

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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