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Series / Julia Jekyll and Harriet Hyde

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The strangest take on Jekyll & Hyde you will ever see.
Julia Jekyll and Harriet Hyde is a… strange take on the Jekyll & Hyde formula. It aired on CBBC from 1995 to 1998. It stars Olivia Hallinian as Julia Jekyll, a sweet and innocent girl who goes to Rocket Academy, who, after her elixir is tainted by the Blister Sisters, transforms beyond her control into Harriet Hyde, a sort of furry yeti creature with the same personality and voice as Julia.

This show provides examples of:

  • Beware the Nice Ones: Harriet Hyde. She may generally act the same as Julia Jekyll, but she’s often, in a way, her and Edward’s bodyguard, and is not to be messed with- especially since she has Super Strength.
  • The Bully: Well, bullies- the Blister Sisters.
  • The Dreaded: Harriet Hyde and the Blisters are this.
  • Evil Teacher: The Blister Sisters’ uncle, Lester Blister.
  • Extranormal Institute: The Rocket Academy.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: Julia will never get rid of Harriet. Ever.
  • Hippie Teacher: Or, hippie headmaster- Memphis Rocket.
  • Involuntary Shapeshifter: The show’s bread and butter.
  • Jekyll & Hyde: Played with- Julia and Harriet look very different, and the patrons of Rocket Academy believe they’re different people, but they have the same voice, same personality, and aren’t separated by good and evil.
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  • Jerkass: The entire Blister clan.
  • Kid Com
  • Lethal Chef: Mrs. Rocket.
  • Likes Clark Kent, Hates Superman: Everybody (except the Blisters) loves Julia Jekyll, but everybody (excluding Edward Knickers) is utterly terrified of Harriet Hyde.
  • Name and Name
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: The Blister Sisters, and their uncle Lester Blister. Harriet Hyde counts, too.
  • Nice Girl: Julia, and by extension, Harriet.
  • Running Gag: The door is often blown off its hinges in one of Julia’s experiments.
    • The Jitters are always comically scared scared of Harriet Hyde, and generally finish each other's sentences.
    • The Blisters will often be thrown out the window or into the hall by Harriet Hyde.
    • In the early seasons, when somebody at the front of the crowd or line (or sometimes the whole crowd or line) sees Harriet Hyde, they all topple over like dominoes.
    • Sometimes, usually season 3, the sky is usually replaced with something strange in establishing shots (slime, lava, spaceships, etc.).
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  • Secret-Keeper: Edward, being the only person who knows that Julia and Harriet are the same.
  • Super Speed: Harriet shows this ability at times.
  • Super Strength: Harriet is very strong.