Ian Rankin: Investigates Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (2007)

Reveals that the author Robert Louis Stevenson was horrified as a child by tales of Scotland's most notorious wizard, Major Thomas Weir. Stevenson had nightmares in the wake of tales about the Major told by his nanny, who he called Cummy.


Richard Downes


Richard Downes


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Credited cast:
Ewen Bremner ... Robert Louis Stevenson
Boris Karloff ... Cabman John Gray (archive footage)
Richard Kaye Richard Kaye ... Himself - City University of New York
Tamara Kennedy Tamara Kennedy ... Fanny Stevenson
Felicitas Macfie Felicitas Macfie ... Herself - Owner
Sandy Neilson Sandy Neilson ... Sir Danvers Carew
Ian Rankin Ian Rankin ... Himself - Presenter
Will Self Will Self ... Himself - Writer
Robert Winston ... Himself - Hammersmith Hospital (as Professor Robert Winston)


Stevenson had always suffered from nightmares - they began as a child growing up in Heriot Row, Edinburgh. Over and above Cummy's tales, which it is believed included other infamous Edinburgh characters such as grave robbers Burke and Hare and Deacon Brodie, Edinburgh itself is also credited as being very much part and parcel of Stevenson's inspiration for his creation. The "two sides" of the city with the New and Old Town - where Stevenson consorted with prostitutes - also fueled his imagination and helped create the Jekyll and Hyde legend. Written by Ulf Kjell Gür

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16 June 2007 (UK) See more »

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Did You Know?


In the book, Stevenson gives a detailed description of the layout of Dr Jekyll's home. It is identical to John Hunter's. Hunter, who was originally from Glasgow, a Scottish surgeon, one of the most distinguished scientists and surgeons of his day, and a grave-robber, had a beautiful town house on one street, where he welcomed his clients, which connected through to an anatomy theatre which then connected to another building in a separate street on the other side, through which it is reckoned thousands of cadavers were delivered for dissection. See more »

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