Gary Oldman to play Jackson Lamb in TV adaptation of Mick Herron books

Speak to any British crime author and they’ll tell you that Mick Herron’s ‘Slough House’ books are the best around.

The spy thrillers have caused many to dub Herron the ‘new Le Carre’ and his main protagonist, the, ahem, flawed Jackson Lamb as a Falstaff-type of character.

So it’s with huge anticipation that Herron’s books have been picked up by Apple TV+ for adaptation.

Furthermore, Oscar-winning British actor Gary Oldman – no stranger to spy thriller thanks to his work as George Smiley in the newest version of Le Carre’s Tinker, Tailer, Soldier Spy.

Variety reports that the streaming service will be adapting the series, entitled Slow Horses after the first novel in the series.

The story follows a team of British intelligence agents who serve in a dumping ground department of MI5 – Slough House. Lamb is the brilliant but irascible leader of the spies who end up in Slough House due to their career-ending mistakes.

Herron has published six novels and two novellas in the Slough House series to date, with another novella due out in January.

More news as we get it, but we can’t help thinking that this is the sort of show that could – and should – have been a primetime hit on BBC One.

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