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James Nesbitt Lands Lead Role in ‘Jekyll’
15 Dec 2005 :

James Nesbitt

Northern Ireland actor James Nesbitt (Murphy’s Law, Bloody Sunday) has landed the lead role in the highly-anticipated BBC One thriller series ‘Jekyll’.

The new series will take a modern twist on the classic tale of scientific misadventure and has

been compared by producers to the successful BBC conspiracy series ‘Spooks’.

Described by writer Steven Moffat (Coupling, Doctor Who) as “somewhere between a modern horror story and The Odd Couple”, the modern tale will see a new Dr Jekyll, with an old problem - Mr Hyde. Jekyll is married with children and will do anything to protect them from his dark side but 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 return of Dr Jekyll is no accident…

James Nesbitt commented: "Jekyll is modern, contemporary and cutting-edge – I am excited about exploring the comedy and darkness in both characters."

Beryl Vertue says: "The scripts are brilliant – scary, funny, and full of the unexpected. We are delighted about James Nesbitt, one of the few genuine stars who has the range needed to play this extraordinary role."

The drama series will start filming in September 2006. Executive Producers are Beryl Vertue and Steven Moffat. The series was commissioned by Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning, Jane Tranter, and BBC Head of Independent Drama, John Yorke.

Jekyll is a Hartswood Films Production in association with Stage Screen Productions for BBC ONE.



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