“THIS is Vanity Fair.
“A world where everyone is striving for what is not worth having.”
(William Makepeace Thackeray)
August 2017. Bloomsbury Centre Baptist Church, London WC2.
Gathered in the church’s ‘Friendship Centre’ were the cast, production team, executives and the rest of the team involved in ITV’s new adaptation of Thackeray’s Vanity Fair.
With screenwriter Gwyneth Hughes announcing herself as “assistant to the author”.
I had already read all seven of her sparkling scripts.
But it was here in this room that they were first brought alive during an almost day long script read-through.
“NOT one. But truly two.”
Jekyll and Hyde arrives on ITV at 6:30pm this Sunday (October 25) bringing a whole new world to British television.
A clever re-invention and development of the original story, set in the 1930s and featuring the grandson of the first Dr Jekyll…and Mr Hyde.
Resulting in one of the coolest, sharpest, wittiest, stylish and ever-so-slightly scary new dramas you could wish to see.
Creator, writer and executive producer Charlie Higson’s balance of action, adventure, horror, romance and humour is spot on.
With a real new star in leading man Tom Bateman.
Totally convincing as confused and innocent young Robert Jekyll.
And, in Charlie’s own words, “a sexy bad boy” when he turns into ‘superhero’ Hyde.
Backed by a superb cast including Natalie Gumede as Bella, Stephanie Hyam as Lily, Donald Sumpeter as Garson and Richard E Grant as Bulstrode.
Together with Poldark’s Ruby Bentall as ever-so-super Hils and Enzo Clienti as the rather terrifying Captain Dance.
Not forgetting a world of monsters, some likely to become cult favourites.