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The Serpent

The Serpent

  • Premiered: 
    January 1, 2021
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  • Network: BBC1
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Drama
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Subject Matter: Crime
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    Season 1

Plot Synopsis

Inspired by real events, THE SERPENT is an eight-part drama series that tells the remarkable story of how the conman and murderer Charles Sobhraj was brought to justice. Posing as a gem dealer, Sobhraj and his girlfriend Marie-Andree Leclerc travelled across Thailand, Nepal and India in 1975 and 1976, carrying out a spree of crimes on the Asian "Hippie Trail" and becoming the chief suspects in a series of murders of young Western travellers. As Sobhraj repeatedly slips from the grasp of authorities around the world, Herman Knippenberg, a junior diplomat at the Dutch Embassy in Bangkok, unwittingly walks into his intricate web of crime. Knippenberg sets off an extraordinary chain of events that will see Sobhraj become Interpol's most wanted man, with arrest warrants in multiple continents. THE SERPENT had its U.S. premiere on Friday, April 2, 2021 at 3:01am ET/12:01am PT, as Netflix released all eight episodes.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Mammoth Screen