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Chris Evans is reportedly looking at starring in the American remake of the hit UK TV series Jekyll from Steven Moffat. If true, Evans will step into the iconic character for Lionsgate, a role made famous by James Nesbitt in the original BBC show.
Here’s the plot.
It’s 2007 and there’s a new Dr Jekyll, with an old problem: Mr Hyde. But they have a deal – a body share – and an impossible life is somehow lived.
What Hyde doesn’t know, however, is that Jackman is married, and there’s a wife and two children he’ll do anything to protect from his dark side. With all the resources of modern technology, and the best surveillance hardware, »
- Paul Heath
The playwright and television screenwriter Bill MacIlwraith, who has died aged 88, was best known for a mother-in-law-from-hell play, The Anniversary (1966), which was adopted by Bette Davis for a 1968 film which featured three of the original British cast – Sheila Hancock, Jack Hedley and James Cossins – although Davis had wanted a more Americanised version.
When Hancock played “Mum” herself – the role taken by Davis in the film – in an unsuitably girlish dress and a black eye-patch in a revival 10 years ago directed by Denis Lawson, the full south London bite and fury of a widowed mother running a dodgy building company, and stifling the aspirations of her three grown-up sons and their womenfolk, was restored; Hancock’s performance was acclaimed by Sheridan Morley as “the finest, funniest and most frightening comic turn in London”.
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- Michael Coveney
2 items from 2016
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