ITV Axes Jekyll And Hyde

TV STUDIOS PRESENTS JEKYLL AND HYDE EPISODE 1 Pictured L-R: DONALD SUMPTER as Garson, NATALIE GUMEDE as Bella, RICHARD E GRANT as Bulstrode, STEPHANIE HYAM as Lily, TOM BATEMEN as Jekyll, TOM BATEMEN as Hyde and ENZO CILENTI as Captain Dance. Photographers: STEVE BROWN This image is the copyright of ITV and must be credited. The images are for one use only and to be used in relation to JEKYLL AND HYDE, any further usage could incur a fee.

 

Writer Charlie Higson has confirmed on Twitter that ITV has axed his series Jekyll & Hyde.

It’s a shame as the series was, although far from prefect, an awful lot of fun, and the monsters were great. It began airing amidst criticism that it was too scary for its family-friendly time slot of early evening on Sundays, the kind of controversy that used to do wonders for Doctor Who’s ratings. Sadly the same was not true of Jekyll & Hyde, a prequel series set in the ’30s featuring the grandson of the original Jekyll/Hyde; its ratings had more than halved from 4.3 million for its premier to 1.8 million for its finale. You can’t really blame ITV for its decision with numbers like that.

This is the latest in a series of high-profile fantasy flops for British TV following Sinbad, Jonathan Strange And Mr Norrell and Atlantis. After just one episode Beowulf: Return To The Shieldlands looks like it could be heading for a similar fate: only 2.6 million tuned in for the show’s debut.

So, is it pointless UK channels ever bothering to produce family-friendly fantasy shows (as opposed to SF shows) in the current climate? With Beowulf it wasn’t even a case of an audience abandoning a show because they didn’t like it; they didn’t care enough to tune in in the first place.


 

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1 Comment

  1. Mr B says:

    The biggest issue J&H had trying to retain an audience was the fact that ITV keep mucking it about in the schedules, either postponing, delaying or shifting episodes to completely different days. No wonder the audience number fell – they couldn’t find it!

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