BBC drama The Serpent is one of the most darkly compelling shows of 2021 so far, having made a big impression after premiering on New Year’s Day.
The show tells the tale of Charles Sobhraj, otherwise known as the Bikini Killer, who became one of the most infamous serial killers of the 1970s.
Sobhraj is thought to have committed at least 12 murders in Southeast Asia. Several of his victims were identified as young backpackers who he came across during their travels.
The synopsis for the eight-part series, which was produced in partnership with streaming giant Netflix, reads: ‘Charles Sobhraj was the chief suspect in the unsolved murders of up to 20 young Western travellers across India, Thailand and Nepal through 1975 and 1976.
‘Psychopath, con man, thief and master of disguise, having slipped repeatedly from the grasp of authorities worldwide, by 1976 serial killer Sobhraj was Interpol’s most wanted man and had arrest warrants on three different continents.’
But who stars in the new show? This is everything you need to know.
Who is in the Serpent cast?
French actor Tahar Rahim, who’s starred in the likes of The Looming Tower and A Prophet, leads the cast of the show as Sobhraj.
The 39-year-old’s previous credits include the 2018 film Mary Magdalene and TV series The Looming Tower.
Speaking to Metro.co.uk and other media outlets, Tahar explained it was sometimes ‘easier to get out of the character than to get in’ while filming the show.
‘I struggled the two first weeks,’ the actor admitted. ‘It was hard for me to capture him, to understand him, because how can you possibly be real and in a way truthful when you have to portray those types of people? They’re psychopaths, murderers, they don’t have any empathy for anyone.’
He stars alongside British actress Jenna Coleman, who takes on the role of Sobhraj’s partner Marie-Andrée Leclerc.
Speaking about finding her character’s motivation, Jenna said: ‘Is she a victim or is she not? How much of her was brainwashed? How much of it was a choice to be there and a choice to live in the delusion?
‘That’s what’s really interesting – to make the choices that she made of keeping this reality in the way that she could so she could keep existing and being with Charles.’
Elsewhere, Billy Howle plays Herman Knippenberg, while Ellie Bamber appears as Angela Knippenberg
Finally, Blackadder star Tim McInnerny makes an appearance as Paul Siemons.
The Serpent returns on Sunday at 9pm on BBC One.
Credit: Original article published here.