Limited series | Episodes 1-8 | 2019-2020 | BBC [uk], Netflix | Crime, Drama | Great Britain, USA
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Project data

Length of episode55 Min.
Episodes from/to1-8

Brief synopsis

The Serpent tells the story of Charles Sobhraj, who preyed on the lives of young backpackers in Thailand in the 1970s. Richard Warlow’s scripts will bring this notorious story to life, showing the great lengths Dutch embassy diplomat Herman Knippenberg went to get justice for Sobhraj’s innocent victims.


ActorRole nameVoice actor / SpeakerVoice actor
Tahar RahimCharles Sobhraj [SS]
Jenna ColemanMarie-Andrée Leclerc [SS]
Billy HowleHerman Knippenberg [SS]
Ellie BamberAngela Knippenberg [SS]
Nicole BeutlerDagmar Boeder [SR]
Tobias SchulzeKarl [SR]


Director of photographySi Bell3 episodes
DirectorTom Shankland1 episode
DirectorHans Herbots3 episodes
ProducerStephen Smallwood
Executive producerRichard Warlow
Executive producerTom Shankland
Executive producerPreethi Mavahalli
Executive producerDamien Timmer
Executive producerLucy RicherBBC
Assistant production designerTeresa Hurtado Escobar
ScreenwriterRichard Warlow
ScreenwriterToby Finlay

Production companies

Mammoth Screen Ltd [uk]
Living Films [th]
BBC One [uk]Koproduktion
Netflix [us]Koproduktion