REVIEW The Serpent (S1 E8/8)

When the BBC announced that would be bringing the story of Charles Sobhraj to the small screen, I read up a little on his case. It’s a mind-boggling story, full of deceit, manipulation, glamour and terrifying violence. It’s also a story that evolved until the 2010s, so I knew that going into this final episode…

REVIEW The Serpent (S1 E7/8)

All roads lead to Paris. Charles Sobhraj and Marie-Andrée had left south-east Asia behind intent on starting a semi-legitimate business up in the French capital. Soon enough, the whole tone and feel of the series changed – instead of the grimy, alive streets of Bombay and Bangkok, it was slick suits and chic fashions. The…

REVIEW The Serpent (S1 E6/8)

Yes, yes, I know. It’s been a few weeks since I wrote a review of BBC One’s excellent The Serpent (life, y’know?), but with the series finale coming up, it’s time to catch-up. We left Dutch consular employee Herman Knippenberg frustrated – he thought he had caught Charles Sobhraj, but the serial killer and arch-manipulator…

REVIEW The Serpent (S1 E5/8)

This period crime drama from the 1970s – which brings to life the true-crime case of serial killer and conman Charles Sobhraj – has got better and better and better as the series has developed. Each episode is now a masterclass in how to produce suspense and tension. Furthermore, this series has presented a 360-degree…

REVIEW The Serpent (S1 E4/8)

We’ve reached the half-way stage of this excellent, intoxicating, terrifying crime drama, and it’s safe to say that just when you thought things couldn’t get any more tense, the levels got ratcheted up a level. Throughout the three previous episodes, The Serpent has presented us with dual timelines – ones that have respectively shown serial…

REVIEW The Serpent (S1 E3/8)

It seems the BBC’s eight-part, glossy, 1970s crime drama, The Serpent, has settled into an engrossing and terrifying groove. Since that opening episode, instalments two and now three have focused on either one of Charles Sobhraj’s victims or his inner circle. It’s an interesting a clever approach, one the gives context to his crimes and…

REVIEW The Serpent (S1 E2/8)

At the end of the first episode of BBC One’s glossy, cinematic and hyper-stylised retelling of the story of serial killer Charles Sobhraj, I wondered if it could stretch the story out for eight episodes. I also wondered if the series was going to be more style over substance because that first episode was so…

REVIEW The Serpent (S1 E1/8)

A very happy New Year! If you read our gigantic 2021 preview (go here if you haven’t), you’ll know that 2021 starts in earnest with BBC One’s glossy-looking new, eight-part period crime drama, The Serpent. It’s been on the slate for a while now (a COVID casualty, perhaps), and boasts a very decent cast to…

BBC One confirms transmission date for The Serpent

BBC One has confirmed the transmission date for The Serpent. Tahar Rahim and Jenna Coleman star as murderer Charles Sobhraj and his partner Marie-Andrée Leclerc respectively, with Billy Howle and Ellie Bamber seen for the first time as Herman and Angela Knippenberg. Inspired by real events, The Serpent tells the remarkable story of how Sobhraj…

Tahar Rahim to play Charles Sobhraj in new BBC/Netflix series

Award-winning French actor Tahar Rahim (who was sensational in A Prophet) has signed onto play the infamous Charles Sobhraj in BBC One’s The Serpent, based on the astonishing true story of how one of the most elusive criminals of the 20th century was caught and brought to trial. Charles Sobhraj was the chief suspect in…