The Serpent follows the story of real-life serial killers from the 1970s, who drugged and stole the identities of travellers in Thailand, Nepal and India.
Starring Tahar Rahim as Charles Sobhraj and Jenna Coleman as his girlfriend and accomplice Marie-Andrée Leclerc, the co-production from the BBC and Netflix is inspired by the real-life events of Sobhraj, who led detectives on a wild goose chase around Asia in the 70s as he carried out a spree of crimes.
The pair travelled across Thailand, Nepal and India in 1975 and 1976 on the ‘hippie trail’, where they became the chief suspects in a series of murders of young Western travellers.
Sobhraj eventually became known as The Serpent due to his skills at deception and evasion, and he even got the nickname ‘The Bikini Killer’ due to the attire of his victims.
While the story and subject matter of the drama is rather disturbing, many viewers have not been able to see past the dreadful ’70s wigs the stars are wearing.
One viewer wrote on Twitter: “Really enjoyed The Serpent apart from the lead character’s appalling wigs.”
A second added: “Do all the men go to the same wig shop, they look ridiculous!!!”
Speaking of her new role and filming in Bangkok, Jenna said: “The scenery is incredible, and Bangkok has such a frenzy and an energy that it really infiltrates into the series.
“There’s just so much life and culture. It’s the hottest place to shoot, though. Wearing a wig in the 1970s in Bangkok is very hot!”
She added that one of the most difficult things was nailing the French-Canadian accent of Marie-Andrée, she said: “Both her French-Canadian accent when speaking English, and then her French-Canadian accent when speaking French. To try and find that was really hard.
“Many of the actors I was filming with are French themselves, so to try and work authentically within that realm was a big challenge.”
The Serpent continues on BBC One at 9pm on Sunday January 10th – or you can binge the entire series on iPlayer.
BBC’s coverage of Prince Philip’s death receives more than 100,000 complaints
‘We are proud of our coverage and the role we play during moments of national significance’
The BBC’s coverage of Prince Philip’s death has received a ‘record number’ of complaints, according to reports.
It’s been reported that the broadcaster has been hit with more than 100,000 complaints in regards to its coverage of the Duke of Edinburgh’s death.
This would be a record in British television history, with the BBC creating a dedicated form online for viewers to voice their dissatisfaction.
The broadcaster cleared its schedules to cover Prince Philip’s death on Friday, and according to The Sun it has now received more than 100,000 complaints.
This is a record breaking number, beating the previous high of 63,000, which was again from the BBC when they screened Jerry Springer: The Musical back in 2005.
A BBC spokesperson said: “We are proud of our coverage and the role we play during moments of national significance.”
The broadcaster wiped its schedules on both BBC One and BBC Two to run mirrored programmes about the Duke following his death, while BBC Four displayed a message urging people to switch over for a ‘major news report’.
Line of Duty fans will love ITV’s new psychological thriller Too Close
Did anyone catch it last night?
If you’re not sure what to do with yourself while waiting for the next episode of Line of Duty, then ITV has got you covered.
The broadcaster’s new three-part drama series Too Close began last night, with episode two airing tonight.
Starring Emily Watson and Denise Gough, ITV’s gripping psychological thriller was written by author and actress Clara Salaman and directed by Sue Tully (Line of Duty).
The series was inspired by the novel of the same name, which was published under Clara’s pseudonym Natalie Daniels.
The mini-series premiered last night, Monday April 12th, and it focuses on the dangerous relationship between a forensic psychiatrist, Dr Emma Robertson (Emily Watson), and her patient.
Dr Robertson is assigned to work with Connie Mortenson (Denise Gough), a woman accused of an awful crime connected to the death of two young children – however, she claims she can’t remember a thing.
While the two women find themselves becoming dangerously close, it appears Dr Robertson might be ‘destroyed’ in the process of uncovering the truth.
Besides Watson and Gough, the series also stars Thalissa Teixeira, James Sives, Risteard Cooper, Chizzy Akudolu, Eileen Davies and Nina Wadia.
Too Close began last night on ITV, with the next episode airing tonight at 9pm and the following episode at the same time on Wednesday.
You can catch up on episode one here.
Tipping Point is looking for Mancunians for the new series
Who’s up for it?
Tipping Point is on the hunt for Mancunians to star in the new series.
The ITV game show is looking for contestants for series 12, so if you know anyone who’d be perfect for it then let them know.
Hosted by Ben Shephard, Tipping Point gives people the chance to win thousands of pounds.
ITV says: “We are searching for fun, confident people who enjoy quizzing and would like the opportunity to win thousands of pounds using a combination of skill, judgement and chance.”
The hit show airs between 4pm and 5pm every weekday, and sees contestants answer questions on general knowledge, films, politics and other subjects before taking on the ‘tipping point’ machine.
Just like the coin pusher machines seen in the arcades of Blackpool and other seaside towns across the North West, contestants drop counters to win money.
People earn money from the silver counters which are worth £50, while ‘mystery counters’ and the £10,000 jackpot counter can also boost their cash pile.
Applicants must be 18 or over, and the deadline for applying is Friday May 7th – the last date for postal applications is Monday May 3rd.
To apply, either use ITV’s online application form here or email firstname.lastname@example.org for postal entries.