The Apple TV+ roster continues to grow and grow, and its latest drama will see Sarah Perry’s 2016 book The Essex Serpent brought to life. Featuring a cast of big names and newcomers, this series is one you’ll definitely not want to miss. So here’s everything you need to know about The Essex Serpent.
When does The Essex Serpent air?
It’s still early days for production on The Essex Serpent, which began filming in February this year. Expect it to be available to stream exclusively on Apple TV+ in late 2021 or early 2022.
What’s the plot of The Essex Serpent?
The Essex Serpent follows Cora Seaborne, a widow who moves from Victorian London to a small village in Essex. Free of her abusive and now-deceased husband, she relishes in her newly found freedom by investigating the mystery surrounding a mythical sea serpent that has returned to the area. During this time she meets Will Ransome, a vicar who doesn’t believe in such a creature.
Who’s in the cast of The Essex Serpent?
Homeland’s Claire Danes and The Night Manager’s Tom Hiddleston lead the series, with Danes taking over from Keira Knightley. Initially cast in August 2020, Knightley had to drop out due to issues securing childcare over a “four-and-a-half month production” during COVID, a spokesperson for the actor told Deadline in October.
Hiddleston will play Will Ransome, the vicar and trusted leader of the small English village where the drama takes place. With some pictures having already been released of Hiddleston in his costume, all I can say is... hot priest 2.0 anyone?
Danes and Hiddleston are joined by Deepica Stephen and David Streames in the series. Stephen recently starred in the second series of Apple TV+’s Trying. Streames is an actor and director, who has appeared in the film Mercy as well as episodes of The Bill, London’s Burning, Grange Hill, and EastEnders.
What else is there to know about The Essex Serpent?
Filming is currently taking place in the towns of Malden and Alresford, with the cast and crew being spotted at historic places like The Hythe in Maldon per the Maldon Standard, as well as Silver Street where Danes was spotted in period costume, per Essex Live.
While The Essex Serpent will most likely be a standalone series, there is a possibility that other shows could be based around Sarah Perry’s work. The author has two more books unrelated to The Essex Serpent, which include her debut novel After Me Comes The Flood and 2019’s Melmoth.