Jekyll was a short-lived British drama series that contained elements of both science fiction and horror. The series was created by Steven Moffat and is loosely based on the 1886 novel The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by author Robert Louis Stevenson. The series lasted only six episodes and was broadcast on BBC One from June 16th to July 28th, 2007. Jekyll starred James Nesbitt in the dual role of Doctor Tom Jackman and his alter ego, Mister Edward Hyde. The series posits that the original Robert Louis Stevenson novel was generally accepted as a work of fiction, but there is mounting evidence to support that it was based on actual events. Doctor Tom Jackman begins the series aware of his condition, but unaware of his possible connection to the literary figure of Doctor Henry Jekyll. Two rival groups of researchers take a vested interest in Doctor Jackman as he struggles to find a balance between his warring personalities.
All six episodes of Jekyll have been included on the Jekyll: The Complete SeriesDVD collection.
Visual effects for Jekyll were provided by The Senate Visual Effects.
Jekyll was nominated for a Saturn Award for the category of Best International Series in 2008, but lost out to Doctor Who.
Leading actor James Nesbitt was nominated for a Golden Globe for the category of Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television in 2008, but lost to Jim Broadbest for Longford.
Series creator Steven Moffat is also a regular staff writer on the popular BBC programs, Coupling, Doctor Who and Sherlock.
Star Wars fans may recognize actor Denis Lawson, who plays the role of Peter Syme in Jekyll. He also played the role of X-wing fighter pilot Wedge Antilles in the original three films, Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.
American audiences likely know actress Gina Bellman best as Sophie Deveraux, the English con artist featured in the TNT series Leverage.