Charlie Higson To Attend MCM London Comic Con To Promote Jekyll & Hyde


charli_higsonJekyll & Hyde writer, star of The Fast Show and celebrated zombie novelist, Charlie Higson (Young Bond, The Enemy) will attend MCM London Comic Con on Saturday 24 October 2015. He’ll be appearing in an exclusive session with Boyd Hilton, TV editor of Heat magazine to discuss the production of his radical new version of Jekyll & Hyde for ITV.

From an idea conceived by Charlie Higson, the 10-part, action adventure series has been inspired by The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. Higson has written and executive produces Jekyll and Hyde.

Tom Bateman takes the lead role as Robert Jekyll, Richard E Grant plays Bulstrode who heads the secret government department MI0 known as ‘The Invisible Men’ and Natalie Gumede takes the part of Bella who forms part of a love triangle with Robert.

Set in 1930’s London at a time of Hollywood glamour, aerodynamic cars and monster movies, the drama pays homage to the Stevenson novel and focuses on the young, attractive, troubled hero, Robert Jekyll, the grandson of the original doctor.

At the heart of the drama is Robert Jekyll’s quest to discover his real identity, his true family history and the nature of his ‘curse’. Jekyll transforms into superhero Hyde in moments of extreme anger, stress and when his or the lives of others are threatened.

“ITV Studios approached me to create a big fantasy action adventure series that ITV could play at the weekends,” Higson told Broadcast earlier this year. “As they wanted to sell it around the world, it needed to be ambitious and come out with all guns blazing. It had to be something that would appeal to the generation who have grown up with the X-Men and Batman, but also my generation, the one raised on The Avengers, The Prisoner and Adam Adamant Lives!. I suggested a version of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde in which Hyde was a kind of superhero. Amazingly, they went for it.

No expense spared…

“But I wanted to test their resolve, so when I wrote my first draft I thought I wouldn’t stamp on any of the brakes you might normally apply when writing for TV. Let’s set it in the 1930s, I thought, and open in Ceylon – no one will be expecting that from Jekyll & Hyde. If we were going to ask the audience to accept one monster, why not have hordes of them? And lorries crashing into buildings… Ha! Film that! I knew we’d end up shooting somewhere in Wales, but I could dream…

“So several months later I found myself in Sri Lanka with a fantastic local production company working incredibly hard to give us what we wanted. ‘Elephants? Sure. How many? Steam trains, no problem. You need a 1930s village, we’ll build you one.’”

In the opening episode Jekyll is a newly qualified doctor living with his foster parents in Ceylon. He knows nothing of his family history or his inherited condition, which his foster father, Dr Vishal Najaran, is controlling with the use of medication. The drama follows his path to discovery, which coincides with the transformative powers of his condition growing stronger and more disruptive. His journey will take him into a dark and unforgiving place, as his alter ego seems capable of doing almost anything. At the same time there are shadowy forces trying to find Jekyll and the source of his powers.

Also at MCM London Comic Con this October: Beowulf


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