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Jenna Coleman joins new BBC and Netflix crime drama The Serpent

Jenna Coleman, Billy Howle, Ellie Bamber (Credit: BBC)

They join Tahar Rahim (The Looming Tower) who will play real life serial killer Charles Sobhraj, one of the most evasive criminals of the 20th century.

The series, written by Richard Warlow and Toby Finlay, follows Sobhraj’s murderous spree, which was estimated to have taken place between 1975 and 1976 across India, Thailand and Nepal’s ‘Hippie Trail’.

He was the chief suspect in almost 20 unsolved murders of young Western travellers during this time and by 1976 was Interpol’s most wanted man, with arrest warrants on three different continents.

Sophie Rundle and Martin Compston to lead new BBC thriller

Sophie Rundle and Martin Compston (Credit: BBC)

Created by RTS Award-winning writer Nicole Taylor (Three Girls), the emotional thriller focuses on wealthy couple Dan (Compston) and Emily (Rundle) who are head over heels in love and live a beautiful house just outside of Glasgow.

Their lives seem perfect, but there is one thing missing: a baby.

A chance encounter introduces them to Kaya – played by Mirren Mack in her television debut – an 18-year-old from the other side of the city.

Production begins for Killing Eve season three

Dame Harriet Walter and Danny Sapani (Credit: BBC)

Based on the Codename Villanelle novels by Luke Jennings, the third installment of the award-winning spy thriller continues from the explosive second series finale.

After a surprising betrayal by Carolyn Martens (Fiona Shaw), Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh) is shot by assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer) and left for dead in Rome.

Steven Knight to adapt SAS: Rogue Heroes

Steven Knight (Credit: BBC)

The six-part series of the same name will delve into the origins of the world’s most esteemed Special Forces unit, the Special Air Services.

Set during the darkest days of the Second World War, a maverick military group revolutionise a new form of warfare in the deserts of North Africa.

Operating as small squads of parachute trained soldiers, the troops deploy behind enemy lines for reconnaissance missions, to raid supply lines, attack reinforcement routes and sabotage enemy aircraft weaponry to help the war effort.

Tom Allen announced as the new host of The Apprentice: You’re Fired

The Apprentice: You’re Fired is the companion show to The Apprentice, during which the most recently fired candidate is joined by comedians, celebrity fans and business gurus to discuss their recent elimination.

Each week, Allen will attempt to find out what went wrong for the unsuccessful candidates, giving his own unique take on events with his signature acerbic wit.

A self-confessed Apprentice super-fan, Allen and the panel will look at the week’s biggest wins and fatal mishaps in front of a live studio audience.

BBC commissions adaptation of A Suitable Boy

From left to right: Ishaan Khatter, Tabu, Tanya Maniktala (Credit: BBC)

The six-part drama is the first screen adaptation of the novel and will be shot entirely on location in palaces, villages and streets in Northern India.

The story follows Lata, played by rising star Tanya Maniktala, a spirited university student, coming of age in North India in 1951.

At the same time the country is going through significant change, getting ready for its first democratic general election and adjusting to life as an independent nation.