Ofcom rules against ITV
Jekyll and Hyde ‘too scary’ for young viewers
More than 500 viewers complained about the first episode, broadcast two and half hours before the watershed at 6.30pm on 25 October.
It showed the cold-blooded killing of a couple, as well as two fight scenes including one bar fight and a violent fight in an alleyway.
Regulator Ofcom agreed that it contained several scenes which “were likely to frighten and disturb younger children”.
The series, starring Tom Bateman and Richard E Grant, was based loosely around the famous nineteenth century horror story by Robert Louis Stevenson.
ITV argued it warned viewers about the content and that most of the violence depicted was “fantastical”. It claimed that the street attack was “stylised and unrealistic throughout”. But Ofcom described the violence as “dark and menacing”.
Ofcom stated the programme broke the rules when “requiring children to be protected from unsuitable material by appropriate scheduling”.
Following the ruling, the series creator Charlie Higson apologised on air for any offence caused.
Speaking during an interview on BBC Radio 6 Music, he said: “It wasn’t my intention to upset people by it. Obviously, it was my intention for it to be scary – it’s a scary show.”