Watch the Trailer For the BBC's The Serpent
It's no secret that we as a society have a bizarre obsession with watching true crime on TV. That's especially the case for 2020, a year in which many of us have watched pretty much every show that every streaming platform has to offer, which has inevitably included a lot of shows and movies about, well, murderers. So if you've already finished The Undoing and The Ripper and you're worried about running out of things to watch to fill the true-crime-shaped hole, don't be, because a new BBC show is about to change the game entirely.
The Serpent takes a look at serial killer Charles Sobhraj (played by Tahar Rahim), also known as "the Bikini Killer" (yikes), who was eventually found and put on trial in 1976. In eight episodes, the show takes us from Sobhraj's early life, in which he frequently goes by the name Alain, to his later years when he meets his then-girlfriend Marie-Andrée Leclerc (played by Jenna Coleman). The show follows junior diplomat Herman Knippenberg (Billy Howle) as he tries to solve a number of missing-people cases, while being met with countless obstacles, until his evidence leads him to Sobhraj.
On the topic of the show, Coleman told Stylist: "The Serpent intoxicated me into the dark seductive world of Charles Sobhraj. I'm so looking forward to delving into hippie trail depths and bringing to life this unfathomable real life story." Blending the gem dealing in Uncut Gems with iconic '70s fashion and elements of the gruesome deaths in You, The Serpent looks to be a dark but oddly stylish watch.
Watch the trailer for the BBC's The Serpent below, before it airs on New Year's Day at 9pm.