TV columnist Sara Wallis is captivated by snakes, lust, and hunting monsters in the new Apple TV+ series The Essex Serpent, starring Tom Hiddleston and Claire Danes
Sea dragon seen in Essex! Interesting. I’m from Essex and I’ve never discovered more than one washed crab.
If this newspaper’s headlines weren’t enough attention in The Essex Serpent, which launched with double bills on Apple TV+ on Friday, Tom Hiddleston and Claire Danes have signed.
They lead the cast in this gothic period drama, based on Sarah Perry’s best-selling novel.
Set in Victorian England, also starring Frank Dillane, Clémence Poésy and Hayley Squires, the film follows the life of Cora Seaborne (Danes), who is recently widowed and plans to make the most of her marriage. his new found freedom.
Turns out her husband is a total monster so she’s not upset, just hurt, but distracted by her interest in natural history.
Nothing screams “will get through something” more than hopping on the first train to Essex in search of a mythical snake, dragging your young son with you.
Her dead husband’s doctor – an aspiring heart surgeon – wasn’t overly emotional, as he was quite a fan of hers. He gives her a slice of a human heart (thanks, but no thanks), but she walks away anyway.
In Aldwinter, a village perched on the Blackwater Swamp in Essex, Will (Hiddleston) is a wild and extremely attractive pastor trying to tell people to calm down in a bloody well.
He must greet this newest snake hunter. “She’s going to be old and wrinkled and she’ll bore us all with the latest talk from society’s drawing rooms,” he said.
“He’s going to be some boring vicar!” Cora said. Here’s the TV code for “they’ll turn it on”.
Of course Will is married to an interesting person, but this won’t matter. It’s always been a compelling story with Hiddleston on the cast list, playing a vicar.
Cora and Will have an interesting chemistry – while she believes in creatures free from evolution and not God, he has faith but certainly doesn’t believe in flying dragons.
But when a young woman disappears under mysterious circumstances on the swamp, there is talk of the Devil.
This is absolutely a particularly bad time for Cora, who has popped up at this exact moment, as locals accuse her of attracting the creature to their community.
Things then started to get very strange. Children are down, a seagull is a bad omen, there is an image of a boat in the sky and Cora is having a nightmare… but hunting sea monsters will do it to one person.
A dark, thought-provoking storyline about the clash of faith and science, with a warming chemistry, has me enthralled.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-reviews/tom-hiddleston-claire-danes-make-26965035 'Tom Hiddleston and Claire Danes make history with new TV series The Essex Serpent' - Sara Wallis