This will not come as a surprise, but it is now confirmed that ‘Jekyll And Hyde’ will not be returning for a second series.
The series, which ran for 10 episodes on ITV last year fell foul of the tabloids early on in its run, amid hundreds of complaints that the first episode was too violent for its 6.30pm slot.
Later episodes were then moved to 7pm to address this and the shows fourth episode was delayed due to the Paris Terrorist Attacks.
The series starred Tom Bateman as the grandson of the original Dr Jekyll / Edward Hyde, the show launched to an impressive 4.3m in October.
Unfortunately the show was unable to hold onto that initial audience.
The final two episodes, which aired back to back over the Christmas Weekend only managed to draw in 1.8m – with the series average landing at just 2.6m viewers.
I am personally saddened by this cancellation, but not at all surprised by it given the bumpy ride the show was given in the first few weeks by the UK press, but the tell tale signs of the show being consigned to television hell was when ITV decided to show the final two episodes over Christmas weekend. That weekend is never a good time to show episodic television.
My thanks do however go out to Charlie Higson and the cast and crew behind the series for a job well done. I really enjoyed the MIO and Tenebre and the whole arc involving the monsters and such.