‘Jekyll and Hyde’ writer confirms axe

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Charlie Higson has confirmed the rumours that Jekyll and Hyde will not be returning for a second season.

It was reported yesterday that ITV had axed the fantasy adventure drama following disappointing ratings, after last month’s final episode attracted just 1.8m viewers.

Inspired by The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, Jekyll and Hyde launched in October and starred Tom Bateman, Richard E Grant and Natalie Gumede.

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Writer Charlie Higson tweeted: “Sad day today as ITV announce they don’t want any more #JekyllandHyde. Ah well, I tried. It was a grand adventure while it lasted.”

He added: “We had some great stories lined up for [Season] 2 … Thanks for all the messages of support … I’m moving on to other things.”

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Responding to fans on Twitter, Higson commented: “You can’t argue with the [viewing] figures.”

Discussing the show’s controversial early evening scheduling, he conceded: “To be fair, it was commissioned – and made – as an early evening family show.”

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