The creator of ITV’s thriller series Jekyll and Hyde, Charlie Higson, says the network has axed the show after one series.

The 10-part thriller which starred Tom Bateman and Natalie Gumede was set in the 1930s but based on the classic horror novel by Robert Louis Stevenson. It was shown in a pre-watershed slots on Sunday nights but was the subject of more than 800 complaints to the broadcasting watchdog Ofcom.

Charlie, who’s best known for The Fast Show and writing The Enemy novels, tweeted: “Sad day today as ITV announce they don’t want any more Ah well, I tried. It was a grand adventure while it lasted.”

He added that it they had many more stories lined up for series two.

He then thanked fans for their support.

 

 

Jekyll and Hyde suffered disappointing ratings from the beginning, averaging 2.6 million viewers by the time it finished at Christmas.

Charlie felt compelled to apologise after the first episode screened and hundreds of viewers complained about the violence.

 

Charlie explained to What’s on TV why he created the thrills in the first place. “I love scaring people, particularly children, I do like scaring children. I’ve written this horror series of books, The Enemy, which is extremely frightening and disturbing for children, because I’ve always figured if you can really terrify a child, if you can scar them for life, then they will always remember…

“If you do it in a TV show or a film, if you can be the one thing that really scares them. If you talk to anyone about their childhood and they say, ‘Oh my god, I watched Salem’s Lot or Doctor Who’, whatever it might be, everyone has this one thing.”