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Season 1
James Nesbitt stars in this modern adaptation of the classic story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde. In this version the two characters in one body have come to an arrangement, so they can both survive - and so Jekyll can protect his wife and children.
James NesbittGina BellmanMichelle Ryan
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  1. 1. Jekyll - Episode 1
    August 4 2007
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    Can the latest 21st century technology help Tom Jackman keep a Victorian demon in check?
  2. 2. Jekyll - Episode 2
    August 11 2007
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    Tom awakes with lipstick on his cheek, he has to find out who Hyde is seeing.
  3. 3. Jekyll - Episode 3
    August 18 2007
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    Tom Jackman wakes with blood on his hands. Has Hyde finally done the unthinkable?
  4. 4. Jekyll - Episode 4
    August 25 2007
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    An ancient organisation, with a plan a century in the making, has Tom in its clutches.
  5. 5. Jekyll - Episode 5
    July 21 2007
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    The true story of Mr Hyde's origins is traced back to a deal done in Edinburgh in 1886.
  6. 6. Jekyll - Episode 6
    July 28 2007
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    Far beneath an ancient country house, Claire discovers the truth about her husband.

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Matt LipseyDouglas Mackinnon
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Denis Lawson
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4.6 out of 5 stars

525 global ratings

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Mr. D. L. ReesReviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 August 2019
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A chilling new look at a familiar tale, it owing much to a dazzling performance from James Nesbitt, he rarely off the screen.

Salute here a tour de force from one who throughout dominates - genuinely disturbing as his mild Dr. Jackman becomes increasingly aware of a truly dark force within, genuinely terrifying whenever Mr. Hyde breaks free. His two selves battle for supremacy, Jackman at his most vulnerable when trying to sleep. Gina Bellman is the wife so understandably perturbed, especially as their two little boys are so vulnerable. In whom to confide? Is Denis Lawson as colleague Peter friend or foe?

Steven Moffat (he of "Doctor Who" and "Sherlock") inventively recreates the start of it all, Robert Louis Stevenson acquiring full details from Dr. Jekyll himself. The update intrigues - a secret department with unlimited resources and a vested interest in monitoring Jackman/Hyde's every move. Moffat occasionally challenging credibility? Some may feel certain aspects ludicrous (a zoo bought? London's power supply so easily affected?)

Such reservations apart, here are images to haunt and a genuine surprise in the closing seconds.

Six episodes. Two commentaries. Interesting bonus features. Here we learn of something creators and cast had never experienced elsewhere. Crew several times bursting into spontaneous applause at the end of a scene, so mesmerized by Nesbitt's performance.

This does not surprise.
Chunky MonkeyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 January 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
You've got a vivid imagination Daddy.....I've been there
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Written by Steven Moffatt (of "coupling", "Dr Who" and "Sherlock" fame) this is the complete six episodes of the bbc series from 2007. A reworking of the Dr Jeykll and Mr Hyde story by Robert Louis Stevenson, this one is set in modern London, with James Nesbitt as Dr Tom Jackman. The series begins with him locking himself up and hiding away from his family, as he tries to understand and control, his alter ego, or "him", as he describes "Hyde", who has recently begun to emerge.
It is a clever reworking of the tale, with Jackman' alter ego, learning of "The strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" and deciding to take Hyde's name. Nesbitt is very good, both as the weary, timid Dr Jackman and ever better as the wild eyed, lecherous, violent put playful Hyde. The physical transformation is subtle but unmistakeable also ( a change in the hair, the posture, but also in the use of contact lenses, which make Hyde's eyes completely black, giving him the inhuman look of a toy.
During the six episodes, Jackman/Hyde and his family, are pursued by a shady government agency, who want Hyde for themselves. There is some terrific interplay between Hyde and Jackman's wife (Gina Bellman), who seems intrigued and somewhat attracted to her husbands new dangerous dark side. You look forward to Hyde's appearances more and more, as Jackman seems to visibly wilt as the story progresses. Highly recommended.
The DVD also contains audio commentaries on episodes one and six, and a documentary, retelling the Jekyll tale.
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EmarenReviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 January 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Absolutely Brilliant Series
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Absolutely loved this show, I hadn't seen it on TV when first aired but think Nesbitt is fabulous so bought this DVD hoping for the best. I found it a very compelling watch and have watched it over several times since purchase. The acting is great and the twists are brilliant. I highly recommend this to fans of Nesbitt and fans of Steven Moffatt's writing and anyone who enjoys the idea of Jekyll and Hyde. Nesbitt is superb as Jekyll as is Gina Bellman as his bewildered wife, Denis Lawson is pretty good as is Meera Syal. The weakest link is probably Michelle Ryan, not really through much fault if her own but I don't think the role suited her (she's just not credible as a psychiatric nurse) and the character is overall quite weak.. With 6 episodes of just under an hour each, this is a good value buy especially as there are some decent extras included.
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Dr Jacques COULARDEAUReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 August 2009
5.0 out of 5 stars
Will James vanquish Nesbitt or the reverse?
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BBC series are rejuvenating when compared with the standard series we have elsewhere on the Anglo-Saxon or European markets. An old, old tale is completely redesigned to the modern world, more than one century later. No descendents he had that dear Doctor Jekyll since he died a virgin. But Mr. Hyde had a lot of descendents, because he was no virgin indeed, particularly with the maid of the family. And the very classic doppelganger living inside you, me, or anyone is back on track for one more series of adventures. Of course we are no longer in a jingoistic village society when London was a loose network of big villages and New York one big hamlet in America. So the state and private interests that want to take control of the world are tracking, tracing and hunting the descendent, Dr Jackman. One of the two will have to die, Dr Jekyll or Mr. Hyde. One has a family, wife and twin boys, one Jekyll and one Hyde of course. They, the bad ones, both military and mercenary, try to capture Dr Jekyll in order to turn Mr. Hyde into a super - killing? - machine that could be used in some shadowy and dark business. They had tried to clone the man but that never succeeded, so they want the real man. But Mr. Hyde is a monstrous super-person or superman and it takes more than one bullet to kill him. Dr Jackman is weak of course but he is protected by his doppelganger who will try not to share the damage. That idea has often been used in horror literature by Anne Rice, Stephen King, Clive barker, and quite a few more. But here we are slowly, at times too slowly, moving to a dramatic end that has to be de-dramatized if there is to be a sequel one day. But the best part of this series is not only the creative plot or intrigue, but also the great acting of these TV actors, who are not only TV actors, far from it. That's what is best with BBC programs: they use "normal" actors that act "normally", that is to say very well, and it is a pleasure to watch the episodes that never become humdrum and habitual. It is a very British syndrome: actors work both and equally well for TV and the cinema, and at times the stage. You can very well see an actor in a series tonight, in a theater in Charring Cross Road on the following night and in some cinema on the third night. And that actor, or actress, will be just as good in the three locales. So, what about the next season since we know now this doppelganger-ism can be carried by women and can be invested in twins? We are longing for the next series of six episodes, let's say ten years later.

Dr Jacques COULARDEAU, University Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne, University Versailles Saint Quentin en Yvelines, CEGID
sri26270Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 November 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
glad i bought it
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i dont watch television very often so i missed this when it was first on.
i was looking for something different to enjoy and i came across this on amazon.
i bought it not expection very much. i found myself having to eat my words as this series was mindblowing.
it is a shame it didnt last for longer as i was lost in the concept of bringing gothic noverls into the 21st century, like Sherlock or Sleepy Hollow.
john hannah is not an actor i would have thought of for this kind of programme, and again i was found having to eat my words.
he was the most convincing part of the show and i made both the characters seem independant of each other. if i ever met him in real life, i would have to ask myself, which one is he.
i would recommend this series to anyone. if anyone says they didnt like it, i would challenge thier sanity.
M. GudginReviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 May 2009
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If the BBC continued to make series as good as this, there would never be discussion about the value of the license fee.

The only negative thing I have to say about Jekyll is that there isn't enough of it - it deserved another season. That said, the first and only season (so far...) is a very well contained story.

Jekyll is not a modern adaptation or reinterpretation of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. It is a sequel, taking place in the same world, but in the present day, and James Nesbitt is superb in the lead roles. In fact, the entire cast is a delight to watch and work brilliantly off each other.

The writing is excellent and, as if further evidence were necessary, bodes well for Stephen Moffatt's turn at the wheel of Dr Who (who has already proved himself time and again in that series).

Hyde is a brilliantly realised character, and the tone of the series perfectly strikes a balance between fantastic supernatural and subdued realism. No CGI transformations here, and the abilities exhibited by Hyde are just believable enough to make him feel genuinely threatening and 'special'.

Cannot recommend this enough.
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claire sReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 August 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
2 for the price of 1 !!
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Always enjoyed Nesbitt as an actor and I remember when this came out on tv originally but has not dated and Nesbitt pulls it off playing both characters. Modern twist on a classic story is refreshing and dare I say an improvement as the old versions Jekyll only came out at night, here he comes out anytime. If you like Nesbitt, like to see if old plots can be successfully brought into the 21st century and enjoy a plot that keeps you guessing as to what's what and who's who then this is a series for you. Once you watch the complete series you can understand why a second wasn't made as it wouldn't have anywhere to take the story and would have been a disappointment. Written by Steven Moffatt who does Dr. Who and you can guess that the twists are good which leave you wanting more trying to work it out who the baddies are and what their relationships mean to Jekyll !!!
JoReviewed in the United Kingdom on 04 January 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
Not for me
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When I saw this on tv I liked it but re-watching it years later I've found it too violent and the ending unbelievable. It gave me nightmares so I gave it to charity.
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