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ITV pulls Jekyll and Hyde after Paris attacks

Jekyll and HydeITV withdrew Sunday night’s episode of Jekyll and Hyde from the schedules because of the Paris terror attacks.

The programme, due to be shown at 7pm, featured a gunfight.

An ITV spokesman said: “Tonight’s episode of Jekyll and Hyde has been postponed in consideration of recent events in Paris.”

Creator of the series Charlie Higson had already described events in Paris as “shocking”. He took to his Twitter account to announce the schedule change, which was later confirmed by ITV.

Jekyll and Hyde has already been criticised for its violent content before the 9pm watershed. Ofcom is investigating after receiving 459 complaints about the opening episode which some viewers considered “too scary” for youngster who would be watching at that time.

Other viewers who defended it said it was no more scary than Harry Potter or Dr Who.

The Paris premiere of Steven Spielberg’s Cold War thriller Bridge of Spies was cancelled following the attacks.

The director was travelling from Berlin to Paris for Sunday night’s premiere when the tragedy struck.

“In light of the tragedy in Paris, we have cancelled our scheduled film events. Further, we stand with the people of Paris and our thoughts go out to all those affected by these horrible events,” said a statement issued on his behalf.

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