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Jekyll 1 Season

Season 1
4.6 out of 5 stars (227) IMDb 8.2/10

Part conspiracy thriller, part comic horror, Steven Moffat's modern take on the Robert Louis Stevenson classic takes the ultimate tale of inner conflict to unforgettable new heights. It is 2007 and there's a new Dr Jekyll, with an old problem -- Mr Hyde. But the pair 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, Jekyll is determined to keep his dangerous alter ego in check by doing a deal -- with his own devil. What neither of them know is that 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 . . .

Starring:
James Nesbitt, Gina Bellman

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1. Episode 1

London, 2007. Tom Jackman, the only living descendent of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde - a new man with an old problem. He's fighting back - but are all the resources of 21st-century surveillance technology enough to keep a Victorian demon in check? Can he keep his wife and children safe during the 'night shift'?

TV-14 CC Runtime: 51 minutes Release date: June 16, 2007
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2. Episode 2

"Ever killed anyone? It's like sex only there's a winner." Dark forces are closing in on Tom Jackman. To keep his children safe, should he listen to the terrible voice whispering in his ear...?

TV-14 CC Runtime: 51 minutes Release date: June 23, 2007
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3. Episode 3

"When you sleep, I will eat your children." Tom Jackman wakes with blood on his hands. Has Hyde finally done the unthinkable...?

TV-14 CC Runtime: 50 minutes Release date: June 30, 2007
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4. Episode 4

"You have my husband in a box!!" An ancient organisation, with a plan a century in the making, finally has Tom Jackman in its clutches. But why?

TV-14 CC Runtime: 51 minutes Release date: July 14, 2007
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5. Episode 5

"It dies with you. Dr. Jekyll's last secret." Edinburgh, 1886: a deal is done, and the true story of Mr. Hyde's origins is buried and forgotten. Until now...

TV-14 CC Runtime: 51 minutes Release date: July 21, 2007
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6. Episode 6

"Run if you want to live!" Far beneath an ancient country house, in long forgotten chambers, Claire Jackman discovers the truth about her husband. Above, a storm gathers: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde are coming...

TV-14 CC Runtime: 54 minutes Release date: August 25, 2007
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By Mystik on August 19, 2007
Format: DVD
Steven Moffat's writing, combined with James Nesbitt's extraordinary performance has me hiding behind the sofa--but in a good way!

Rather than rehashing all the old films that came before, Moffat took the "What if..." route--what if there was a Jekyll/Hyde combo running about *today?* His answer is a stylish, intelligent, scary, wickedly funny, and just plain wicked storytelling at its best.

The script is lean and mean, every line has a purpose, and one is not just invited, but compelled to try to anticipate what's going to happen next. This is suspense in its purest form, and there is always a solid payoff.

Certain tastes, raised on fizzy diet soft drinks, are not going to react well to their first pint of Guinness. As a writer myself, I am blown away by Moffat's handling of the material.

We are not presented with the same old "don't mess with this stuff" cautionary tale so much as invited along to truly see the world through Hyde's eyes. He's a fun fellow, honestly puzzled by some things and the absolute master of others. He is able to hone life down to its basics and enjoy himself and his carnal nature, yet Nesbitt makes this humorous as well as frightening. This is the true definition of horror in that we are repelled but at the same time attracted.

Did I mention intelligent scripting? That also goes for the direction, production, and a very well-picked supporting cast, able to keep up with the perfectly chosen Nesbitt.

His Jekyll (Dr. Jackman) is as solid and interesting as his devilish Hyde. So far as this fan of classic horror is concerned he now owns the character, and someone dang-well better give him some kind of an award for his outstanding work. It can't have been easy, yet he makes it look so. Wow.
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I just started watching the show Jekyll on BBC America and I have to say it's the greatest version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde I have EVER seen. It's so good I had to start watching more episodes from a British friend because I noticed there were some cuts made to the version that aired on BBC America. Hyde is like a hyper active and malicious child who enjoys tormenting things and though is capable of love doesn't admit to it or understand it. In a way his psychotic hyper activity reminds me of Drew Sarich's portrayal of Armand in the Lestat musical.

Hyde, at one point, saves Dr. Jackman's (Jekyll) children when one of them is put in a lion's cage in a zoo. He claims he only did it to kill a lion. Later when Hyde is ranting 'They're not my family they're HIS family' someone threatens Jackman's wife and Hyde asks 'Are you threatening my family?' and when the man says yes Hyde promptly slits his throat. You don't know if you should be repulsed or pity this child-like sadist.

Hyde has a warped sense of humour, listening to Disney show tunes and at one point singing The Lion Sleeps tonight after slaughtering a lion in a zoo. It's dark. It's funny. It's suspenseful.

Now, I don't usually like Jekyll and Hyde stories but this is the best version I have ever seen and James Nesbitt (Jackman and Hyde) does the best duel roles I have ever seen where you really almost think they really are two different men even though the physical changes are subtle compared to most Jekyll and Hyde transformations.

I love this. I'm hooked.
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Another delicious series from Stephen Moffat, who also whisked Doctor Who and Sherlock Holmes into the 21st century through his inventive writing. (I can always tell when I'm watching a something with the Moffat touch -- it's effortlessly smart and surprising, and makes everything else on TV seem even more leaden and formulaic.)

And James Nesbitt is amazing as Tom Jackman, the modern-day descendant of Dr. Jekyll, who suffers from the same malady.
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Tour de force performance by James Nesbitt (Murphy's Law, Cold Feet) in the dual role as Tom Jackman/Mr. Hyde coupled with great twists courtesy of writer Steven Moffat make this one hell of a ride!
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James Nesbitt's tour de force acting alone makes this series worth a view, but there is also the amazing performance of Paterson Joseph as a main nemesis of Jekyll, and the spot on Gina Bellman as Jekyll's wife. Speaking of the latter, all of the female roles in this series are very strong - in many ways stronger than all of the male roles - very unusual.

In addition, the script is clever and witty, darkly humorous, but most of the time not so much that it detracts from the suspense and tension which is the show's chief mood. The script also puts some intriguing twists on Robert Louis Stevenson's original story while still retaining its main themes and tensions. In fact, Jekyll was well on its way to becoming one of the best TV programs I've ever seen until the last couple of episodes. No spoilers here, but I was disappointed with some moments in episode 5, which got a bit slap-sticky and a bit full of itself, and I did not like how the series as a whole ended in episode 6. The concluding moments and explanations made no sense, not even within the show's own sci-fi logic, and the very last moment was over the top in a cheap horror movie sort of way. These are serious miscalculations which bring the whole series down a notch from 5 stars to 4.

Nonetheless, fans of BBC shows, clever writing, sci-fi, and/or sensational acting will not want to miss it.
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