Jenna Coleman stars in first-look trailer for BBC thriller The Serpent

Rianne Houghton
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Photo credit: Roland Neveu - BBC
Photo credit: Roland Neveu - BBC

From Digital Spy

Former Doctor Who star Jenna Coleman has hopped into the TARDIS and travelled to the '70s in our first look at upcoming BBC One drama The Serpent.

The Serpent, which is based on the true story of serial killer Charles Sobhraj, stars Coleman as Marie-Andrée Leclerc, Sobhraj's partner and frequent accomplice. Tahar Rahim plays tSobhraj, while Billy Howle stars as diplomat Herman Knippenberg.

However sumptuous The Serpent looks and feels, the story behind the new eight-part series is notably dark, as a team of investigators attempt to catch the couple among a spate of unsolved murders across India, Thailand, and Nepal.

Photo credit: Roland Neveu - BBC
Photo credit: Roland Neveu - BBC

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Sobhraj and Leclerc are believed to be responsible for the deaths of up to 20 young Western travellers from 1975 to 1976.

Opening up about the role earlier this year, the Victoria star said The Serpent had "intoxicated" her.

"The Serpent intoxicated me into the dark seductive world of Charles Sobhraj," Jenna admitted. "I'm so looking forward to delving into hippie trail depths and bringing to life this unfathomable real life story..."

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

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The Serpent's eight-part series starts Friday, January 1 at 9pm on BBC One. All episodes will be available to stream on iPlayer.

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