Peacock describes the show as a Jekyll & Hyde story by way of a conspiracy thriller. It follows a disgraced journalist (David Tennant) as he stumbles upon a story that could resurrect his career. But he quickly learns he’s seen something he shouldn’t have, and is now the target of unknown adversaries who will do anything to silence him. On the run as people around him go missing or die, a serious accident has an extraordinary side effect… And he realizes there are monsters in the world – and he may be one of them.
The project comes from a heavily lauded team, including WGA-nominated showrunners Michele Fazekas (Law and Order: SVU) and Tara Butters (Agent Carter). Emmy- and BAFTA-nominated director Julie Anne Robinson will executive produce and direct as well.
“I am ecstatic to have this opportunity to work with such creative and talented individuals,” Robinson said. “The Jekyll and Hyde story is a classic, and it is so thrilling to be bringing a new and exciting iteration to the screen with such brilliant collaborators.”
Robinson previously worked with David Tennant on BBC’s Blackpool. The pair have been friends for years, and the idea for Hide emerged from a discussion the pair was having about Jekyll and Hyde.
“One of my earliest jobs was playing ‘first policeman’ in a BBC radio adaptation of ‘Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’,” David Tennant said. “I read the book many years ago and I’ve been fascinated with this character for as long as I can remember. This story has followed me around for years, tapping on my shoulder slightly impatiently. When Julie Anne approached me to talk about reimagining it for the 21st century, alongside her, the magnificent Fazekas and Butters and with the ever-brilliant Georgia Tennant, I didn’t let her finish the sentence. I couldn’t be more thrilled to be playing this character, telling this story and working with these people.”
David and Georgia currently appear in the BBC lockdown comedy Staged (airing on Hulu for US viewers). Robinson recently earned an Emmy nomination for directing work on the hit Netflix series Bridgerton.
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