Charlie Higson writing Jekyll and Hyde drama

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 25 November 2014
Charlie Higson

Charlie Higson

ITV have commissioned new drama 'Jekyll and Hyde' written by Charlie Higson and based on Robert Louis Stevenson's classic Victorian era novella

Charlie Higson is creating a new 'Jekyll and Hyde' drama for ITV.

The 'Fast Show' comic is to write a 10-part series for the broadcaster which will be inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson's classic Victorian era novella about kind-hearted Dr. Jekyll who becomes the monstrous Mr. Hyde after drinking a potion he has concocted.

Higson's story will be set in 1930s London and the main protagonist will be the character Robert Jekyll, the grandson of the doctor and he is very excited about revisiting such an iconic horror character.

The 56-year-old writer said: "It's an exciting challenge to take Stevenson's work and use it as the basis for a new 'Jekyll and Hyde'.

"So many superheroes with secret dual personalities have been brought to life thanks to 'Jekyll & Hyde'. He's one of literatures most important and influential characters and it's a privilege to be rediscovering him."

The plot will focus on Robert Jekyll's investigation into his past to try and discover his true identity and the reason for his "curse" which sees him transform into the evil Hyde when he becomes extremely angry or when a person is in mortal peril.

Higson's previous writing includes the 'Young Bond' novels - which explore the early life of British super-spy James Bond - and 'The Enemy' young adult book series. He has also adapted Norman Hunter's 'Professor Branestawm' children's books into a TV movie, 'The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm', which will be broadcast over Christmas on BBC One.

Shooting on the drama series is due to begin early next year and it is scheduled to be broadcast on ITV in 2016.

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