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The name "Jekyll" in white capital letters against a clack background
The Jekyll intertitle that appeared on episodes 1-5. The name "Hyde" was used for the sixth episode.
Written by Steven Moffat
Directed by Douglas Mackinnon (Episodes 1-3)
Matt Lipsey (Episodes 4-6)
Starring James Nesbitt
Gina Bellman
Paterson Joseph
Denis Lawson
Michelle Ryan
Meera Syal
Fenella Woolgar
Theme music composer Debbie Wiseman
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 6
Executive producer(s) Steven Moffat
Beryl Vertue
Kathryn Mitchell (for BBC America
Producer(s) Elaine Cameron
Jeffrey Taylor
Editor(s) Andrew McClelland (Episodes 1-3)
Fiona Colbeck (Episodes 4-6)
Cinematography Adam Suschitzky (Episodes 1-3)
Peter Greenhalgh (Episodes 4-6)
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 55 min. (approx.)
Production company(s) Hartswood Films in association with Stagescreen Productions
A BBC America co-production
Original channel BBC One
Original run June 16, 2007 (2007-06-16) – July 28, 2007 (2007-07-28)
External links
Official website

Jekyll is a British television drama miniseries produced by Hartswood Films and Stagescreen Productions for BBC One. The series also received funding from BBC America. Steven Moffat wrote all six episodes, with Douglas Mackinnon and Matt Lipsey each directing three episodes.

The series is described by its creators as a sequel to the novella Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, rather than an adaptation of it, and the Robert Louis Stevenson tale is used within the series as a back story. It stars James Nesbitt as Tom Jackman, a modern-day descendant of Dr. Jekyll, who has recently begun transforming into a version of Mr. Hyde (also played by Nesbitt). Jackman is aided by psychologist Katherine Reimer, played by Michelle Ryan. Gina Bellman also appears as Claire, Tom's wife.

Filming took place at various locations around southern England in late 2006. The series was first transmitted on BBC One in June and July 2007, receiving mainly good reviews. A DVD of the series was released, featuring scenes cut from the broadcast versions.



Doctor Tom Jackman is a married father of two. A psychologist named Katherine Reimer takes a job caring for him. Abandoned by his mother as a child, Jackman has split from his wife, Claire. In the first episode, Jackman straps himself into a chair and Reimer watches as he undergoes a subtle physical transformation. While Hyde and Jackman are physically nearly identical, a running element of the series is the way in which others perceive them as distinct to the point of asking one where the other has gone.

Reimer observes that Jackman's alter ego exhibits rage, heightened senses, greatly superior strength and speed and a more playful and flirtatious manner and assures this persona that she will keep his secrets just as she keeps Jackman's but asks for guarantees that he will not harm her. After being informed of the Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Hyde takes the titular alter ego's name for his own and the two agree to respect the other's autonomy.

Traveling to visit his family who he has kept secret from Hyde, Jackman transforms. To Jackman's family he becomes 'Uncle Billy', Jackman's long-lost cousin. To punish Hyde for transgressing on "his" territory, Jackman locks him in a restraint chair, but Hyde escapes and terrorizes Reimer, accusing her of lying to him. This begins the escalation of conflict between Jackman and Hyde with both leaving notes for the other before transforming.

Miranda Callendar, a detective employed by Claire learns about Hyde and informs Jackman that Jekyll and Hyde was not fiction, but a fictionalized version of actual events. There was a Doctor Jekyll who lived in London. When he is shown a picture of Jekyll, Jackman learns that he looks exactly like him. He assumes he is a descendant of Jekyll's, but Callendar informs him that Jekyll died without children.

Jackman's friend Peter Syme, who is his boss at the biotech firm of Klein and Utterson and an American named Benjamin are revealed to belong to a group which has been tracking Jackman/Hyde. He meets a woman who claims to be his mother and has been working with Reimer, but learns no more from her before she leaves. Jackman heads to Syme's house to learn the truth. Syme attempts to drug him, informing him that Benjamin and other personnel from Klein and Utterson are on their way. Feeling Hyde taking over, Jackman locks himself and Syme in the house's basement, not realizing that Claire has been in the house and is also hiding in the basement. After toying with Syme and Claire, Hyde is confronted by the men from Klein and Utterson. Hyde is captured, but first kills Benjamin. Claire argues that they need to find a cure for him. Syme informs her that they have a cure and Claire watches as her husband is locked in a metal coffin.

Reimer and Callendar confront Syme, claiming they know the truth about Jackman. Callendar claims that Klein and Utterson have access to cloning technology and that Jackman is Jekyll's clone. Syme denies this and orders them taken away. He reveals to Claire that the "cure" her husband is undergoing will not purge the Hyde persona, but Jackman. Klein and Utterson want to examine Hyde in order to synthesize the potion that turned the original Jekyll into Hyde. When the box is opened Hyde is dominant. In a flashback triggered by genetic memory, Hyde sees a meeting between Jekyll and Robert Louis Stevenson. Stevenson reveals that he knows, "there is no potion." Jekyll lied to trap anyone who might try to create another Hyde. Jackman also learns that there was a maid in Jekyll's household whom he was in love with and looks like Claire. It was the love for this woman that released Hyde. Klein and Utterson cloned the maid to provoke a similar change in Jackman.

Enraged by further attempts to harm their family, Jackman and Hyde escape from Klein and Utterson. Klein and Utterson take Claire prisoner and trap Jackman's sons. Hyde manifests, exhibiting greater superhuman abilities (including a limited ability to control electricity) and cuts his way through the Klein and Utterson personnel. Eventually Hyde appears to sacrifice himself to save Jackman's family, having come to the conclusion that Hyde represents unbridled love.

Sometime later Jackman, apparently free of Hyde, has once again separated from his family for their safety. With the help of Callendar he tracks down his mother. Confronting her he asks about his origins, asserting that he must be descended from Jekyll. She tells him that she is not the descendant of Jekyll, but of Edward Hyde whose rampant sexual appetites left him with several offspring. The final shot of the series is of Jackman's mother transforming into her own Hyde persona, that of Mrs Utterson.



Jeffrey Tayor of Stagescreen Productions had the idea of a modern version of Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde in the mid-1990s. He attempted to get it produced in America three times, but all three attempts fell through for various reasons. He returned to England from the West Coast of the United States and joined with Hartswood Films when Elaine Cameron was scouting for ideas for a supernatural thriller.[1][2] Cameron then approached Steven Moffat for a script, and a six-part series was commissioned by the BBC's Jane Tranter and John Yorke in November 2005.[3] BBC America signed on to provide co-production funding in March 2006.[4] The producers regularly met with Moffat for brainstorming sessions. Cameron's assistant took notes from these conversations, after which they would look over the notes and start the process again.[1] The producers invited Moffat to "write anything", with the intention of cutting the material back later. However, they were reluctant to cut material once they saw it on the page.[1] The first episode starts with Jackman already knowing about his alter ego. Nesbitt says that it is like a "series zero" has gone before.[1]

Moffat explicitly describes the series as a sequel, rather than an adaptation, stating that the Jekyll of the original story really existed, and Jackman is his "modern-day descendant dealing with the same problems".[5] As Jekyll and Hyde is such a well known phrase, Moffat took a while to decide what to call the series. He decided upon Jekyll because that word "carries the name Hyde".[6] The final episode replaces the title "Jekyll" with "Hyde".[7] Producer Elaine Cameron says that the one word title gives the series a "very modern feel".[8] Moffat initially named the character Jekyll rather than Jackman, but found the process of having to explain that the book had not been written in this alternate universe cumbersome. Instead he chose a version where the book exists,[6] but changed the name to Jackman so otherwise the character would appear stupid by not realising what was happening when turning into Hyde.[1]

The scene between Tom and Katherine was expanded slightly in the sixth episode to keep their relationship active to facilitate a second series.[7] However, no further episodes were commissioned and the BBC's official website says that the "drama has now finished".[9] In an August 2007 interview with the New Jersey Ledger, Moffatt told Alan Sepinwall that he had a sequel written for the miniseries "should the BBC be interested".[10]


James Nesbitt and his agent attended a meeting with Jane Tranter in late 2005 regarding the 2006 series of Murphy's Law. At the conclusion of the meeting, she offered him a script for Jekyll, suggesting that he might like the role. Nesbitt took the script role as a way of putting a distance between his previous work.[11] He was announced as Tom Jackman and Hyde on 12 December 2005,[12] but filming was not scheduled to begin until September 2006, increasing his anticipation.[11] Writer Steven Moffat says that the dual-role required a very skilled actor.[6] They also needed a well-known actor as it was such an expensive show to produce.[13] The production team decided that Nesbitt's two characters would be mainly differentiated over a change in performance rather than by extensive make-up because they wanted Hyde to be able to walk around in public without attracting attention.[14]

Michelle Ryan, known for her long-running role in EastEnders, was revealed by tabloid newspaper The Sun to have been cast as "Jekyll's sultry assistant" (Katherine Reimer) in August 2006.[15] Ryan believed herself to be too young for the part, though that aspect had already been written into the character.[16] To prepare, she consulted the Royal College of Psychiatry.[16] The same report named Holby City actor Denis Lawson as having been cast. Lawson consulted his post-graduate son for information on Syme's job.[17] Ryan dyed her hair red for the role to help differentiate her from Tom Jackman's wife.

Gina Bellman was cast as Claire Jackman. However, writer Moffat initially doubted her suitability for the role because he associated Bellman too much as 'Jane', the character she had played in his sitcom Coupling.[1] Moffat did not imagine the character to be as "beautiful" as Bellman, but her audition was so good that he had to revise his vision of the character.[1] Bellman originally auditioned for the role of Katherine, but the producers wanted someone younger to play that role.[1] However, Bellman says that she talked herself out of the role by arguing that there should be an age gap between Katherine and Claire to avoid Katherine becoming a threat to the wife. Bellman approached her role as if Claire had become caught up in Tom's mid-life crisis, an angle that impressed the producers.[18][19]

Meera Syal was attracted to her role because Miranda was not a clichéd private detective and she thought the humour was "fresh".[20] During the second filming block, Mark Gatiss briefly joined the cast, playing the small but important role of Robert Louis Stevenson in flashback scenes in episode five.[21]

Other significant roles were Denis Lawson as Peter Syme, Paterson Joseph as Benjamin Maddox, and Linda Marlowe as Ms Utterson.


The European Headquarters for Electronic Arts in Chertsey, Surrey was used as The Klein & Utterson Institute

The series was filmed in two blocks of three episodes. The first three were directed by Douglas Mackinnon and the second by Matt Lipsey. Nesbitt spent an hour each day being made up as Hyde; a hairpiece lowered his hairline and prosthetics were added to his chin, nose and ear lobes. He also wore black contact lenses to make Hyde "soulless".[22] After many debates, the producers decided that Hyde's imminent arrival would be indicated by the flash of a black eye.[6] The eye imagery evolved during filming, and did not appear in the script.[8] The transformation itself was never shown on-camera in any of the six episodes.

Filming began in September 2006 with the zoo sequence in the second episode.[23] Writing the sequence at a late stage in the production, Moffat wanted to compare Hyde's natural instinct to kill to a lion's.[23] This was shot on location at Heythrop Zoo, a private zoo in Chipping Norton run by Jim Clubb, whose firm Amazing Animals specialises in training animals for cinema and television.[23] The Norman Foster-designed building in Chertsey, Surrey, which then housed the European Headquarters of video game designer and publisher Electronic Arts, was used as The Klein & Utterson Institute.[14][24] A large country estate near Henley-on-Thames[22] and in Bognor Regis was used for some of the scenes whilst on the run and in flashbacks. A disused Boys' school in Gloucestershire, and the Hammer House in Wardour Street, Soho were used in episode six.[7] Filming concluded on 20 December 2006.[25]

The schedule was tight for a complex production. The production team had twelve days to shoot each episode, which director Douglas Mackinnon says was the biggest challenge of the project.[1] The required amount of material was shot for most of the episodes. However, an extra twenty minutes of extra material was filmed for episode six. Director Matt Lipsey recalls that the team struggled to cut the extra material whilst maintaining the integrity of the episode.[7] Lipsey credits Moffat for not "being precious" over his material during the editing process, but points out that his willingness to cut superfluous material means that he is taken seriously when he argues for something to be retained.[7]

The music was composed by Debbie Wiseman. The orchestra featured approximately 17-18 pieces. Some cues featured the vocals of Hayley Westenra to foreshadow the importance of a female voice.[14]


# Title Directed by Written by Viewers / Share
(million) / (%)
Original airdate Production
1 "Episode One" Douglas Mackinnon Steven Moffat 5.1 / 24[26] 16 June 2007 (2007-06-16) ICDA641D
Tom Jackman is plagued by strange transformations into a stronger, more animal-like version of himself. To ease the situation he hires an assistant in Katherine Reimer to see to the needs of both himself and his alter ego. He later finds that his estranged wife Claire has employed a detective, Miranda Calender, to find out why he left her. Calender is able to reveal to Jackman that he is apparently the last living descendant of Henry Jekyll, and that they look exactly alike, despite the fact that Jekyll never had children. She is unable to reveal who the other party observing him is. Meanwhile, Hyde continues to grow stronger as this third party introduces itself through Benjamin. 
2 "Episode Two" Douglas Mackinnon Steven Moffat 3.9 / 21[26] 23 June 2007 (2007-06-23) ICDA642X
Tom goes on the run, having met the mother who abandoned him as a baby, and having discovered that an organisation is intent on tracking Hyde down for purposes that he cannot understand. 
3 "Episode Three" Douglas Mackinnon Steven Moffat 3.8 / 17[26] 30 June 2007 (2007-06-30) ICDA643R
Tom returns to his home, and discovers that the organisation tracking him is 'Klein & Utterson', the very company he works for. Hyde kills Benjamin — one of the organisation's leaders — and is taken away by Klein & Utterson, who place him in a very confined box despite their knowledge of his claustrophobia. 
4 "Episode Four" Matt Lipsey Steven Moffat 2.8 / 14[27] 14 July 2007 (2007-07-14) ICDA644K
When a private detective confronts Klein & Utterson with the theory that Tom is Jekyll's clone, Tom's old friend Peter reveals that they don't know how Tom came to be, while flashbacks reveal how Tom and Claire first met as well as Hyde's first 'awakenings'. 
5 "Episode Five" Matt Lipsey Steven Moffat 3.5 / 18[28] 21 July 2007 (2007-07-21) ICDA645E
Tom is believed dead, with Hyde having taken over after Tom succumbed to terror due to his claustrophobia. Dipping into Tom's memories, Hyde taps into genetic memory from Henry Jekyll, and learns that Jekyll never used a potion, (something that was widely believed, and evidently something that Klein & Utterson were aiming to reproduce). He also discovers that Jekyll's maid looked identical to his wife, shortly before Klein & Utterson abduct his wife and children. 
6 "Episode Six" Matt Lipsey Steven Moffat 3.2 / 17[29] 28 July 2007 (2007-07-28) ICDA646Y
With Tom and Hyde having fully combined their personalities- Tom needing Hyde's physical strength while Hyde requires Tom's emotional maturity-, Claire is revealed to be a clone of Jekyll's maid- created in order to stimulate the transformation in Tom that her 'template' triggered in Jekyll-, while Tom is a descendant of Hyde's illegitimate children. Hyde dies protecting Tom's children, refusing to 'share the damage' with his other self after he is shot. The Jackman children appear to have inherited some of the Jekyll/Hyde family genes. It is revealed that the American woman from Klein & Utterson is the Hyde version of Tom Jackman's mother, from whom he inherited the Hyde genes. 

Broadcast and reception

Jekyll was broadcast on BBC One on Saturday nights from 9 p.m.[22] A two-week break occurred between showings of the third and fourth episodes because the Live Earth benefit concert was broadcast during its timeslot on 7 July.[30] The series began airing on BBC America from 4 August, as part of a "Supernatural Saturday" programming strand.[31] In Australia Jekyll began broadcasting on ABC1, Sundays at 8.30 p.m. from 2 March 2008 with a double episode back-to-back each week. In Canada, Jekyll began broadcasting on Showcase, beginning at the end of August 2007 and on BBC Canada, Wednesdays at 10:00 PM from 26 March 2008. Also in Hong Kong, Wednesday at 11:55 PM from 11 February 2009 on TVB Pearl.[32] In the Netherlands, "Jekyll" was broadcast in the summer of 2009 on 13th Street, a subscription-only cable channel.

Certain edits were made to the United Kingdom broadcasts in order to remove language unsuitable for Saturday night BBC One audiences; for example, a line spoken by Hyde in episode one was changed from "Who the fuck is Mr Hyde?" to "Who the hell is Mr Hyde?"[6]

James Jackson of The Times rated the first episode four out of five stars, calling Nesbitt's performance as Hyde "as entertainingly OTT as a dozen Doctor Who villains, with a palpable sense of menace to boot". The conspiracy plot is praised as a storyline that distinguishes this series from other adaptations.[33] The Daily Telegraph's Stephen Pile criticised the script for "veering between Hammer horror and larky humour" and for being "cheesy". He also criticised Hyde's gravity-defying hijinks and mistook Michelle Ryan for a model.[34] In the same newspaper, James Walton called the first episode a combination of "a good yarn with several nicely thoughtful touches".[35] David Cornelius of DVDTalk was full of compliments for the series, summing up its review with the statement "six episodes, 300 minutes, not a single one of them wasted. "Jekyll" is this year's finest television event".[36] The Australian Broadcasting Corporation, commenting on the series being part of their 2008 line-up, said "This classic horror tale has been given a modern make-over that will leave you on the edge of your seat and begging for more. James Nesbitt is outstanding as the new Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde".[37] Nesbitt was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for his roles.[38] Paterson Joseph received a mention in the nominations for the 2008 Screen Nation awards.[39]

Home release

The BBFC rated all episodes as a 15 certificate on 11 June 2007.[40] Jekyll: Season One was released for region 2 on 30 July 2007 by Contender Home Entertainment.[41] It includes uncut episodes, including restoration of some swearing cut from the BBC broadcasts.[6] As DVD Verdict says about this uncut version, "the language is saucier, the violence a bit more bloody, and the sex more primal."[42] The disc contains audio commentaries on two episodes: producer Elaine Cameron, writer Steven Moffat and first-block director Douglas Mackinnon commentate one episode one, while executive producer Beryl Vertue, second-block director Matt Lipsey and actress Gina Bellman comment upon the sixth episode. The set also contains two documentaries: "Anatomy of a Scene" focuses upon the production of the zoo sequence in episode two, while "The Tale Retold" covers the evolution of the series. The first Region 1 release occurred in the United States on September 18, 2007,[43] although the Region 1 Canadian release was delayed until October 9, following the Canadian broadcast of the series on Showcase, which commenced at the end of August 2007.[44]


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From Wikiquote

Jekyll is a British television series based on the original Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde story, but set in present. Tom Jackman is learning to cope with his alter-ego, the dark and mysterious Hyde, as Hyde threatens Jackman's life and family. They also have to live in the same body while on the run from a mysterious organization that is hunting them.


Season One

Episode One

Hyde: [talking to a barmaid about choosing a name] Billy. What'd ya think? Could I be a 'Billy'?

Barman: You were in here before weren't you?
Hyde: Yes.
Barman: [mocking] Yeah, well I'm surprised you can remember it.
Hyde: My liver applied for a transplant. This time, let's not give it the chance.

[Jackman manages to get to his flat, and openes the door]
Katherine: Good morning. [Puts a glass of whisky on the table. Jackman sees it.]
Tom: I don't drink whisky.
Katherine: I know... I didn't know who to expect.
[Later;Jackman takes up a cd]
Tom [reading aloud]:"The Lion King and other Disney Favourites".
Katherine [takes the cd]: Oh, that's his, I should put it away...
Tom: He has Disney favourites?
Katherine: He likes the songs.
Tom: [as if he still couldn't belive it]My dark side loves Mary Poppins...
Katherine: Dr Jackman, didn't you say he was like a child?

Tom: You don't do crosswords.
Peter: How do you know?
Tom: They're for fun.
Peter: [sarcastically] Good Lord, really?

Peter: fairly certain you used to have some sort of ego...
Tom: i did, it got so big it left me.
Peter: actually thats quite funny
Tom: oh, you've no idea

Hyde: The night is young, there's a beautiful girl, and somebody's going to die. That's you, by the way.

Hyde: I don't get a lot of pleasure out of killing children... [seemingly breaks a boy's neck] ...but I get enough.

Hyde: first fag of the day, always hits the spot
Billie: you stay away from me... I'll hurt you!
Hyde: Yea, ya think?! [burns cigarette into his own hand] Don't worry i have a good doctor [checks the burn] it'll hurt more tomorrow, which works for me!

Hyde: trust me the necks good, quick for you, easy for me, everybody's happy.

Hyde: Let's play liooooonnnnss!!!!! [To Billie's "girlfriend", after he seemingly killed Billie]

Tom: [After waking up from being Hyde] Just once, seriously - just bloody once, could you tell me where you parked?

[Hyde's having sex with a girl in a pub's back room. He has no name yet]
Barman: Mr. Hyde... [Knocks on the door. nothing]
Barman: Mr. Hyde... [Knocks again. Nothing]
Barman: Mr. Hyde, I saw you go in there [Hyde opens the door with half his clothes off]
Hyde: Who the fuck is Mr. Hyde?!?!
Barman [surprised]:You.
Hyde [angry]: Says who?!

[Hyde is interrupted whilst having sex and sits next to Benjamin]
Benjamin: I hope I didn't catch you in the middle of someone.

[Hyde stares at Katharine's breast]
Hyde: If Jackman gets a hard-on, I'm it.
Katherine: That's interesting because I've always thought of you like a bit of a hard-on.
Hyde: Oh?
Katherine: Usually disappointing.

Episode Two

[Katherine meets Hyde for the first time during a flashback]
Hyde: Ooh nice, but it's not your usual perfume - there's one underneath. Special scent for today then. For him? For me?

[Katherine plays Tom's message on the recorder for Hyde]
Hyde: It's raining, it's pouring, Jackman is boring.

Hyde: Is he doing you?
Katherine: No.
Hyde: Can I?
Katherine: NO!
Hyde [gets annoyed]: Then what are you here for?!
Katherine: I'm your new nanny.
Hyde [agitated, as a kid]: Oooh, Mary Poppins! I love Mary Poppins, I could EAT Mary Poppins!

Hyde:Here's the deal... here's your job. As long as the lights and the cameras are on, you're safe. Lights out- you're dinner. What do you think?
Katherine: You must have quite an appetite...

Katherine: Have you been drinking? don't tell me you took the car
Tom: 'He' drank, 'He' took the car. why am 'I' getting the look?
Katherine: How was your driving?
Tom: Expressive.

[Jackman allows Hyde to take over, to beat Christopher Browning, one of Klein and Utterson's "little men"]
Christopher Browning: What is this?
[Later, in a hospital, Hyde walks in carrying a sack containing the beaten remains of Christopher Browning]'
Nurse: What's that?
Hyde: Entirely up to you of course, but I'd say... [He drops the sack, which groans] ...the front of the queue!

Hyde: [after locking Katherine in the house, talking over an intercom] Oh Katherine, alone at last.
Katherine: Mr. Hyde, you don't play these games - not with me. You've always had more sense.
Hyde: Know what I've got now? You.
[Katherine searches for the fuse]
Hyde: I've also got the main fuse.
[Katherine searches for her keys]
Hyde: Yep, took your keys.
[Katherine searches for Hyde's keys]
Hyde: Took my keys too.
Katherine: You won't hurt me.
Hyde: I'll eat you!

Katherine: [talking about Tom] I know how he thinks.
Hyde: I am how he thinks!
Katherine: Then you have a problem, because he likes me.
Hyde: Bet your life?

Hyde: She's running, she's crying, she turned off the lights and she's dying!

[At the zoo, Peter Syme takes one bite of his sandwich and throws the rest in the bin.]
Peter Syme: The meat wasn't fresh. Now there's really no excuse for that in a zoo, is there?

[Katherine makes it out of the house, but Hyde is behind her]
Hyde: Come to daddy!

Tom: Time of the month?
Katherine: Bit rich, coming from the wolf-man.

Hyde: Ever killed anyone, Benjamin?
Benjamin: Not personally; I have people.
Hyde: You're missing out - it's like sex, only there's a winner.

Benjamin: Kid seems a little... freaked.
Hyde: Well, yeah, what can you do? Somebody tried to feed him to a lion...

[Tom points out that Hyde doesn't care about his wife and kids, he doesn't care about anybody]

Hyde: I love children me, snack size little people, always leave you wanting more...

Tom's mother [about Hyde]: He'll grow stronger with every day...
Tom: I will fight him! I will never stop fighting him'
Tom's mother: Then he'll kill you.
Tom: Then I won't die... I have children and a wife, I won't die, I don't have time!

Episode Three

Peter: Scotch alright for you?
Tom: I said I didn't want a drink!
Peter: You might change your mind.
Tom: Oh, you've no idea.
Peter: Oh, I'm afraid I do.

[Peter injects Tom with a strong sedative]
Tom: what sends me to sleep wakes him up, you just committed suicide you idiot!

[Tom is threatening Peter with a knife whilst Hyde is trying to awaken]
Peter: Tom, a knife? Seriously? You'd never use it, Tom.
Tom: You wait; If Hyde wakes up now with a knife to your throat he'll think it's Christmas.

Peter: You could have killed me!
Tom: Yes, and this is my good side.

Claire: Tom?
Hyde: 'Tom'? Tom's gone, honey. Dr. Jackman has left the building, It's the night shift.

Hyde: Listen, can I tell ya, I haven't fucked anything in days, seriously a gust of wind and I go off! so I hope you don't have any plans that involve walking straight
[Hyde turns to Peter]
Hyde: You either

[Hyde takes a knife to threaten Claire and Peter]
Hyde: Fantast-ische!

Peter: You've never killed before!
Hyde: Well stop me in the middle if I'm doing it wrong.

Claire: You're Tom Jackman.
Hyde: No, we just share a dick.
Claire: Yeah, and it's mine.

soldier: First casualty of conflict; orders...
Hyde: [motioning to Benjamin's body on the ground] As far as this conflict's concerned I think Benjamin might beg to differ...

Hyde: Can't tell you how fast I am, don't know exactly, but I can tell you this. First one of you that starts getting nervous, starts pulling that trigger? Dead. Then I'll have a gun and that's the next two, dead. Third one kills me, then dies of his injuries. So what you guys gotta ask yourselves is this... how much did I like my boss?

[Hyde jumps on the stairs, about to leave the basement]
Hyde: Gentlemen! If anyone of you hurts Mrs. Jackman, I will kill you one by one. And I will take my time...!

[Hyde leaves the basement after killing Benjamin]
Hyde: Hope you find a nicer boss.

Episode Four

[Hyde is contained within a 'coffin']
Peter: I apologize in advance for the quality of the coffee.
Claire: You have some questions?
Peter: A few, yes.
Claire: You have my husband in a box!

Tom: So what do you think?
Tom's Friend: Of what?
Tom: My symptoms.
Tom's Friend: Look them up on the internet.
Tom: You're a doctor.
Tom's Friend: Yes, I'm a doctor. Know what I do with symptoms? I look them up on the internet.

[Tom is denied access to work when a machine fails to recognise his thumbprint]
Tom: Did I bring the wrong thumb?

[Claire is told that Tom/Hyde is somehow a relation to Jekyll and the original Hyde]
Claire: Well isn't that just so typical. Well that's so like a man, isn't it? There's always something they're not telling you - "Sorry hun, should have mentioned I'm Dracula!"

[In a flashback, Hyde is on a recording being shown on the TV whilst Tom watches him]
Hyde: You've got a vivid imagination, Daddy... I've been there.

Episode Five

Hyde: [referring to Tom] The doctor... is out!
Peter: Security! Get security in here now!
Hyde: He's out of my head - hallelujah! Home alone.

Hyde: Oh, this feels good - roomy! Look at all this space; I could put up shelves!

[Everyone discovers that Tom is apparently dead, only Hyde stabilized]
Hyde: Search me, love, he was in here a minute ago. Turn my back and whoosh, not even a tip on the dresser - men! Oh, this feels so peaceful, love it. No more boring little doctor yapping away in the corner. Honestly you had no idea; "don't do this", "don't do that", "don't kill her", "your turn to shave", and if I had another argument about who was biting the fingernails - Oh! Did that bug you, the fingernails, did he do that when he was with you? We should talk, you and me - we're fellow sufferers, we should have a cup of coffee and have a good old chin-wag about him. The wife and the ex, all friends now - the bastard's dead.

Hyde: the thing about consuming an alter-ego, bit like a Chinese, a minute later you're hungry again. Hello boys!

Scientist: Basically you may not be stabilized... it's for your own good, basically
Hyde: okay Mr basically talk to me like you know me again in public where people can see and the next sound you hear will be your own neck snapping. do we have a basis for communication?

Hyde: i can smell your sweat [sniffs air] vegetarian [sniffs air] ruff! you've got a dog. woof woof! Two dogs, big dogs. I vant to say Alsation...
Peter: is he correct Colonel Hart?
Colonel Hart: yes sir, he's correct
Hyde: [puts finger on Colonel Hart's face then licks his finger] mmm! tasty!. 57 years old. ex-smoker. gave up two years ago [checks the taste in his mouth] yep two years ago, two years [looks down, voice growing softer] and too late. it's started already hasn't it? rustling away down there, growing in the dark. hello Mr tumor, goodbye daylight. [beat][becomes normal, happier] Am i right?!
Peter: Is he right Colonel Hart?
Colonel Hart: Yes sir, he's right
Hyde: Course I'm right! two years I'd say then it's night night Colonel Cancer [mock salutes] Sir!
Claire: Stop that!
Hyde: Oh ohhh, it's the missus!

[Hyde is having a flood of Tom's memories, then discovers he has control]
Hyde: I've got rewind. Look at that. [Hyde rewinds a memory of Tom and Claire holding the baby twins] I've got digital rewind - It's like Sky Plus in here!

[Hyde watches a memory of Claire about to undress for Tom]
Hyde: I finally found the adult channels...
[Claire slaps him after she realizes what he's seen, which causes Hyde to see a new memory]
Hyde: She switched channels!

Hyde (holding Claire): Let's give him a memory he'll never gonna be able to live with!

Claire: You just buckle up, he'll come back... killing me won't be enough.
Hyde: Oh, honey, not nearly enough...

Claire: I changed my mind.
Hyde: Know the feeling.

Hyde: Okay-dokey, you first.
Claire: Why me?
Hyde: Fantastic arse.

Scientist: Excuse me, who are you?
Hyde: Oh, that's a point, better kill you.

Hyde: Trust me, I'm a psychopath!

[Hyde tries to remember if Tom ever had a helicopter flying lesson]
Hyde: Wait, he had a lesson - yeah, he did, I thought he did - I've got him sitting in a helicopter. No it's a moped, no it's a helicopter.
Claire: Oh Jesus Christ.
Hyde: Actually could have been a horse.[Shaking his head in a vague way]: His attention really wandered, didn't it?

Tom Jackman: Sorry, but you won't be dealing with Junior anymore. Daddy's home.

Episode Six

[Hyde just threw off the best man Klein and Utterson could get to catch him]
Hyde: If that was your best man, tellya what the word is? The word... [Jumps on the edge of the roof] is HYDE!

Tom's mother: People think that Hyde is Rage. Or Hate. Or Greed. Or Lust. But Hyde is far worse.
Claire Jackman: Then what is he?
Tom's mother: (thinks for a moment before continuing) What was the first day you knew you could kill someone, anyone at all, if you had to.
Claire Jackman: The first time I held my children.
Tom's mother: It's our oldest, deadliest impulse, the need to protect our own at the expense of any other living thing... and we give that impulse such a nice name.
(Claire doesn't catch on what is being explained to her yet.)
Tom's mother: Hyde... is Love--and Love is a psychopath.

Peter Syme [Knowing he's about to die]: Is there a way for me to...
Tom [sighs, nearly begging]: Tell me... how you... justify what you've done. Explain to me how can you be forgiven for it.
Peter Syme [after a bit of pause]: Is he listening?
Tom: Yes.
Peter: He's a psychopath, for God's sake!
Tom: Aren't we all?

[Hyde has been shot repeatedly, and is covered in blood]
Hyde: That shirt was clean on THIS MORNING!

[Hyde has been shot repeatedly]
Hyde: Is that it? I'M MR.HYYYDE! Show some respect!

[Hyde's last words]
Hyde: Here it comes... Tickles...

[Jackman about Hyde's disappearance]: I thought it would feel good...

[Jackman visits his mother]
Tom's mother:Your father was a good man... until he died.
Tom: What did he die of?
Tom's mother: I think I killed him...

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