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Big Budget Jekyll & Hyde TV Series On The Way

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By now you’ll probably know Mr Hyde to be a monstrously informative daily lifestyle email for the discerning man-about-town sent by our good selves, right?
 
So we're assuming you've forgotten all about the original horror story from which it takes its name. Created by Robert Louis Stevenson and first published in 1886, The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde remains one of the best Gothic tales ever told. And now, more than a century later, its getting a 10-part TV series.
 
Commissioned by ITV and to be written and produced by Charlie Higson, The Hollywood Reporter states that the period action-adventure, set in 1930s London at a time of “Hollywood glamor, aerodynamic cars and monster movies” will “exude mystery, fantasy, horror and sci-fi”. 
 
Former Fast Show star Higson said of the project: "It’s an exciting challenge to take Stevenson’s work and use it as the basis for a new Jekyll & Hyde - so many superheroes with secret dual personalities have been brought to life thanks to Jekyll & Hyde. He’s one of literature's most important and influential characters and it’s a privilege to be rediscovering him.”
 
Helpfully, the series will be directed by Colin Teague, who will be no stranger to turning people into monsters having also been involved with BBC Three's Being Human, while production is set to begin over in India come January, before moving to London to shoot between February and July.
 
And to make matters more exciting, this news comes just a week after ITV revealed it is also gearing up for a similarly scary small screen retelling of The Frankenstein Chronicles, starring Sean Bean, which will surely be further reason we'll be glued to the telly in late 2015. 
 
It certainly makes a change from all those forgettable vampire shows, that's for sure.
 

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