Gratuitous James Nesbitt blogging


The Hibernian charmer James Nesbitt has been cast as a supremely dangerous character in his latest work to hit the Australian small screen.

From a press release:

Starring James Nesbitt, Jekyll is a brand-new re-working of the infamous 19th century Robert Louis Stevenson novel, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

Adapted by Doctor Who’s Steven Moffat, Jekyll is a scary and sexy tale of a doctor with an old problem. The two sides of Dr Tom Jackman have made a deal – they body share, and each of the other side’s personality is off limits to the other.

However, the two still hate each other with a passion. Where Hyde drinks, smokes, gambles, womanises and displays super-human strength in tricky situations, Jackman is a family man who will do anything to protect his wife and children from his dark side. With all the resources of modern technology, and the best surveillance hardware, he’s determined to keep his dark side in line.

As these two very different personalities co-exist in the same body, what neither of them knows is that an ancient organisation, with limitless wealth and power, is monitoring their every move, and plans over a century in the making are coming to fruition.

It soon turns out that the return of Dr Jekyll is no accident, but now unwitting pawns in a deadly game, both personalities have to join forces for the first time to save themselves.

I just caught the first episode on Sunday night on your ABC. Steven Moffat, a screenwriter for 20 years and the best writer working for the Dr Who Series (he wrote Blink!, generally regarded as the best episode ever, as well as Hugo Award winning The Empty Child”/”The Doctor Dances and The Girl in the Fireplace) has done an extraordinary job with this adaptation, and the casting of every role is superb. Check it out.

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19 replies

  1. Just wanted to add a probably-obvious warning on this show for people who get triggered by violence against and abuse of women. I’m not particularly triggery, and I found some episodes of this series very difficult to deal with.

  2. Good point. Hyde is pretty much an equal-opportunity predator, but it’s made very clear that he especially enjoys the extra terrorising value in vulnerable women.
    I think the writer’s intent with displaying that so clearly is actually one of social criticism as much as dramatic tension, for what it’s worth.

  3. My, my tigtog, you do have a thing for the English men. Not that I’m complaining, just observing. Hahaha.
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  4. The various Celts and Gaels I mostly feature are totally going to hunt you down for that “English” slur, bluemilk 🙂

  5. P.S. Welsh husband

  6. When and on which station is this going to air? I’ll give anything by Stephen Moffat a chance.

  7. D’oh! I just noticed that you linked to that information– this is why I shouldn’t watch TV and read blogs at the same time.

  8. You’re right – a brilliant adaptation.
    Hyde is the personification of evil.
    And now you’ve mentioned blink – totally loved that episode of Who – it all makes sense.
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  9. Loved the chin prosthesis. On Nesbitt it looks more elfin than menacing though.

  10. I dunno – the chin is plenty menacing in other scenes.

  11. I got bored after a few episodes and stopped watching. It was just too … pantominey or something. There’s also a very bad American accent coming up.

  12. Well, I’ve been a sucker for anything James Nesbitt has appeared in for the last few years, so it will take something dire for me not to watch the rest.
    I have to say I loved his rendition of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”. Talk about a creepy scene.

  13. Watched the cricket last Sunday and missed it, so I will have to catch it this week. Bit of a Nesbitt fan, although he does seem to be running the risk of ‘god he/she is in everything on TV at the moment’ that most good UK actors seem to go through.
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  14. Hyde’s association of hirsute, cleft chin hyper-androgenic (but also bestial) traits with inevitable violence still seems to have currency with the likes of Clive Robinson. How convenient to portray violence as something that ‘takes someone over’. Did we just see some of this Jekyll and Hyde theme emerge in the comments on Reeves?

  15. The violence is also portrayed as the character’s childishness su, as an inherent part of his being. And, and, I can’t say any more without ruining the ending. Except that it’s really really creepy.

  16. Oh yes I meant the old version of Jekyll/Hyde; I’m looking forward to the ending of this one. With luck Aunty ABC will keep managing to string together the Nesbitt vehicles until the new Murphy’s Law arrives.

  17. How convenient to portray violence as something that ‘takes someone over’.

    I always felt that most adaptations to date have vastly oversimplified Stevenson’s portrayal of the characters in this way: the potion seemed to be one that split Jekyll’s personas so that not only were his violent urges disinhibited as Hyde, but his “good” side was simultaneously rendered ineffectual and indecisive, an anaemic angel. No longer a man, but alternately a nervous sheep and a ravening wolf.
    What Stevenson seemed to actually be writing was that we need both the capacity for violence and the discipline to control it in order to be a fully rounded person, and that was meant to be a metaphor for society at large as well. If we are all wolves, violent anarchy. If we are all sheep, we are bait for the wolves. How to resolve the tension?

  18. How fascinating that he linked the desire for an easy means of making someone perfectly peaceful to the unleashing of all that violence. Reavers anyone?
    I was (mis)interpreting iRLS as expressing anxiety that suppressing ‘natural’ aggression would lead to an explosion of violence. But the opposite seems to be true; expressing aggression in violent ways can become self-reinforcing. I’ll have to rethink.

  19. Mr Nesbitt is very watchable in Murphy’s Law, and I loved him in the film of the brilliant Christopher Brookmyre’s ‘Quite Ugly One Morning’, but I will skip Jekyll thanks.
    I survived 10 years with a Narcissistic Personality Disorder case and tha’s turned me off a lot of stuff that others find funny.
    England is a Kingdom not ‘a country’ (as Australia is).
    ditto Ireland, Scotland, Wales – The United KINGDOMS.
    now that’s funny.
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