TV’s Jekyll And Hyde Too Scary ?

November 7, 2015

Written by Kelli Marchman McNeely

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ITV’s new series, ‘Jekyll and Hyde’, has triggered a landslide of hundreds of complaints, the reason? The complainants declare that the show is “too scary”, at least according to The Guardian. TV regulator Ofcom told The Guardian that it has received over 460 complaints about the show, the TV station itself has received over 300, mainly because people feel the show is too scary for its 6:30 p.m. time slot, which makes me really want to watch it.


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The site stated “Jekyll and Hyde featured potentially disturbing images from the start, with one character bludgeoned to death within the first minute, and further violent deaths including someone being set on fire and another being shot in the stomach.”


Shows: Jekyll’s brutal transformation into Hyde, he destroys hotel room and then accosts hotel staff Tom Bateman as Robert Jekyll, grandson of Stevenson's Dr Jekyll, in the TV series 'Jekyll and Hyde' by Charlie Higson ITV


ITV has already stated that they have no plan to move ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ to a different time slot, at least not until the season is over. With nine episodes remaining, it will be a while. The show’s creator, Charlie Higson, agreed with ITV and has pointed out that the show does have a warning at the beginning of every episode, explaining that the show is not suitable for children, but Ofcom has now opened an investigation in the matter.


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The series is set in London, in the 1930’s. Robert Jekyll, the grandson of the original doctor, is the focus of the series. Jekyll is on a quest to discover his real identity and the truth of his family’s history. The show stars Tom Bateman (Robert Jekyll), Tom Rhys Harries, Stephanie Hyam, Oliver Gilbert, Tony Way and Neil Bishop.

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