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TV horror writer Jekyll and Hyde apologises as viewers find it 'too scary'

By Shereen Low

Jekyll And Hyde creator Charlie Higson has apologised to scared viewers following an Ofcom probe into the show.

The TV watchdog is opening an investigation after it received 459 complaints about an episode of the ITV drama that was deemed "too scary" by some viewers.

Higson, who wrote half of the series, told Stuart Maconie on BBC Radio 6: "I'm sorry that anyone got upset by it. 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.

"I was expecting more people to complain that it wasn't scary enough, rather than people saying, 'This is a scary show and I found it scary'. You think, well that's slightly the point. It'll be like writing The Fast Show and someone writing in saying it is quite funny."

The episode being investigated aired on October 25 at 6.30pm, hours before the 9pm cut-off point to show adult content. It featured the physical transformation of saintly Jekyll into evil Hyde, and the brutal murder of Robert's foster parents in Ceylon.

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