The Serpent viewers have heaped praise on the BBC true crime drama following tonight's series finale (February 14).
Based on the crimes of Charles Sobhraj (played by Tahar Rahim), the serial killer who murdered dozens of young tourists in Asia between 1975 and 1976, the series concluded with his arrest in New Delhi, India.
While all eight episodes had been made available on BBC iPlayer, viewers still tuned in to watch tonight's finale, and many soon took to Twitter to praise the performances of Rahim and Jenna Coleman, who played Sobhraj's accomplice Marie-Andrée Leclerc.
Viewers were also touched by a tribute in the end credits, which paid respect to all those who lost their lives. It read: "To all the young intrepids who set out with big dreams. But never made it home."
"#TheSerpent Absolute stellar show and cast. Tahar and Jenna absolutely stole every scene they were in, such a fascinating and complex story told so well. Also, this final message made me a little choked up, not many ‘real life’ murder dramas do this but I’m glad this did," tweeted one viewer.
Another wrote: "This has been an extraordinary story to watch. Knowing that it's a real life story sent shivers down my spine. Well done to all involved in the making of the series. Herman Knippenberg is a hero for never giving up on this horrific true crime, to bring justice."
"What a series that was of #TheSerpent throughly enjoyed that and would highly recommend anyone to watch it on @BBCiPlayer if they haven’t! Great acting by @Jenna_Coleman_, Tahar Rahim + the rest," added another.
Check out more of the reactions below.
Just finished watching BBC’s #theserpent - what a compelling and horrifying true story, brilliantly told. Amazing work from all the actors involved. Glad that I persevered after finding the first episode disorientating with all of the time hops back and forth.
Bravo Knippenberg. pic.twitter.com/uG1GvVBbWW
— Fiona Brook Cakes (@No_More_Tiers) February 14, 2021
That was one of the best things I've watched in a long time. Superb TV. And all the more fascinating as it really happened. I loved the end credits with the photos saying what happened to them all ..saved me googling!
Well done BBC 👏👏 #TheSerpent
— Lynne Latte ☕📚 (@LynneMcHugh) February 14, 2021
#TheSerpent Excellent television. Brilliantly evoked sense of time and place. Enjoyed the back & forth narratives – kept me on my toes. Shower all involved with all of the awards. Top soundtrack too. @BBCOne
— Bill Edwards (@ChromeBaby70) February 14, 2021
If it weren’t for #ItsASin, I would be calling #TheSerpent for TV Show of 2021. Honestly, one of the most intense and spectacularly acted drama series I’ve seen in years. If you can find it, watch it immediately.
— John Sullivan (@nanasthoughts) February 14, 2021
Really enjoyed watching The Serpent over the last few weeks ... Well done to all concerned 👍#TheSerpent
— Chox (@goldwynbird) February 14, 2021
#TheSerpent has been a simply phenomenal piece of TV - I haven’t been gripped by a series like that in a long time!
Gonna miss my weekly fix of Knippenberg.
— Minesh Patel (@minesh1112) February 14, 2021
The Serpent is available to stream on BBC iPlayer.
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