The BBC has released a first look at their upcoming drama The Serpent.
The eight-part series stars Tahar Rahim (A Prophet) as murderer Charles Sobhraj alongside Jenna Coleman (Victoria) as his partner Marie-Andrée Leclerc.
Inspired by true events, The Serpent follows the capture of Sobhraj (Rahim), a man who became Interpol’s most wanted man in the seventies. As the lead suspect in numerous unsolved murders of Western tourists across India, Thailand and Nepal, Sobhraj continually eluded imprisonment despite arrest warrants in three different continents.
Ellie Bamber (The Trial of Christine Keeler) stars as Angela Knippenberg while Billy Howle plays Herman Knippenberg, a junior diplomat at the Dutch Embassy in Bangkok who unwittingly becomes entangled in Sobhraj’s criminal web. This sets off a chain reaction of events that will see Herman attempt to bring Sobhraj to justice for his horrific crimes.
The Serpent also stars Bamber’s The Trial of Christine Keeler co-star Tim McInnerny, Alice Englert (Top of the Lake) and Mathilde Warnier (World on Fire).
The series will be released on BBC One in the UK and Netflix internationally.