MUMBAI: UK pubcaster the BBC has announced that actor James Nesbitt will play
the lead in the series Jekyll which will air on BBC One next year.
modern twist has been taken on the classic Robert Louis Stevenson story of scientific
misadventure. Producers Elaine Cameron and Jeffrey Taylor say, "The series
is a remarkable conspiracy thriller - more Spooks than Robert Louis Stevenson."
Nesbitt says, "Jekyll is modern, contemporary and cutting-edge
I am excited about exploring the comedy and darkness in both characters."
The drama series will start filming next September. It is 2006 and there's a new
Dr Jekyll, with an old problem - Mr Hyde. But they have a deal, a body share,
and an impossible life is somehow lived. What Hyde doesn't know is that Jekyll
is married. There's a wife and two children he'll do anything to protect from
his dark side. With all the resources of modern technology, and the best surveillance
hardware, he's determined to keep his dark side in line.
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."