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Old 08-03-07, 02:14 PM
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Jekyll (BBC America, premieres 8/4/2007)

Pretty good turn-around since this just ended its run on the BBC last weekend. As the title indicates, this is based on the famous "Jekyll and Hyde" story, but it's not an adaptation. It takes place in modern day.

The series is written by Stephen Moffat (Coupling, Doctor Who) and the cast includes:
  • James Nesbitt(Bloody Sunday)
  • Michelle Ryan(The Bionic Woman)
  • Denis Lawson (The original Star Wars trilogy -- Wedge!)
  • Gina Bellman (Coupling)
  • Mark Gatiss (The League of Gentlemen)

It's well acted and told in a non-linear style. Because it's a six-episode run all questions are answered and all plot lines are resolved (sorry Lost fans!)

I've seen the whole thing, and I recommend you check it out.
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I watched it on Comcast On Demand and thought it was interesting and funny in places. I'll keep watching it if they keep putting episodes On Demand.
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I knew this was coming up and coincidentally was trying to tivo it this morning and found that it was scheduled to premiere this weekend.
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I'm five episodes in, and really love it. I heard the ratings were mediocre: any chance it'll be back for a second series? And would Michele Ryan still be in it, since she's now on US TV as the Bionic Woman?
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Hey guys, watched this whole series. After a first episode which left me satisfied but not totally impressed, man did this pick up on episode 2.

I'll pick up the DVD as well, but will wait some weeks as I've just seen the series. But very good work indeed.

I'm a bit dismayed however, I thought I heard that BBC had decided on a 2nd season of Jekyll, however, I read on Syfyportal.com that James Nesbitt will take over as the Doctor for season 5 of Doctor Who. I guess Tennant is going to leave after season 4. I can see Nesbitt as the doctor easily, but I'll miss Tennant.

Anyway, I was satisifed with Jekyll as a 6 part mini. I wish there were more 6 part minis out there.....
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Originally Posted by FaustBos
I read on Syfyportal.com that James Nesbitt will take over as the Doctor for season 5 of Doctor Who.
Steven Moffat has dismissed that rumor as false.
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ah good to hear!
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I caught the BBC America premiere of this last night and found it thoroughly engaging. I do like the fact that it doesn't start with the origin of how his problem begins, but picks up at a point where he's worked out a system of co-existing with his alter-ego. I also appreciate that, although refered to as evil, Hyde is more pure id. Plus the fact that, rather than becoming a physical moster such as in League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, the physical changes to the character are more subtle. All in all, a great start and I'm looking forward to seeing where it goes.
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I thought it was interesting. So are they going the Incredible Hulk route with him looking for a cure each week?
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Plus the fact that, rather than becoming a physical moster such as in League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, the physical changes to the character are more subtle.
I was very glad they went the "Spencer Tracy" route instead of the "Frederic March" route. I haven't seen James Nesbitt in a lot of things, but he's absolutely great in this.
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I especially like that it's his acting that defines each character, rather than make-up or SFX.
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Very entertaining and high marks on all production aspects - I'm in for the series.
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I finished the finale over the weekend. Woah, I certainly hope there's a second season.

And although the rumor is already false, I'd be all for a Moffat/Nesbitt Who!
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Just finished watching the series, I enjoyed it for the most part but had very high expectations due to Moffat's work on Dr. Who and it just fell a little short of them. Nice little surprise at the end though, I would love to see a second season to explore that.
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Originally Posted by Groucho
I was very glad they went the "Spencer Tracy" route instead of the "Frederic March" route. I haven't seen James Nesbitt in a lot of things, but he's absolutely great in this.
If you haven't caught Nesbitt's turn in "Murphy's Law", check it out.

Really loved the BBC America debut of Jekyll...looking forward to more & glad to hear good comments from those who have seen the entire season.
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Does anybody else read Entertainment Weekly?

There was a short article on Paul Greengrass and I swear the picture they used for him was James Nesbitt. After googling for a pic of Greengrass, they aren't that close.

Anybody else think they goofed?
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Nesbitt starred in Bloody Sunday for Greengrass, so I'm guessing that's where the confusion arose.
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I came across this on Netflix (and I am watching via the Tivo).

I'm halfway through it so far - it's pretty damn good. I've been a fan of Nesbitt's theatrical work for years, so I was interested to see him do something a bit different on the small screen. He's top notch.
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Re: Jekyll (BBC America, premieres 8/4/2007)

Wow, reviving this thread. I'm halfway through the Jekyll mini series on Netflix and am absolutely blown away by it. Noticed that a line from the second ep of Jekyll was recycled in Moffat/Gaiman's "The Doctor's Wife". In Jekyll, Hyde says something to the effect of "killing is like sex, except there's a winner." In "The Doctor's Wife", Sexy says "biting is like kissing, except there's a winner."

Anyway, excellent acting on Nesbitt's part.

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