The latest Claire Danes and Tom Hiddleston offering The Essex Serpent is based on a best-selling book that explores a little bit of everything from faith to aquatic terror. Much like Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist, this one leaves plenty of room for doubt to be explored. In the book the doubt is just as real of a terror as the idea of a serpent or a madness/evil that is spreading.
The official synopsis for The Essex Serpent series goes like this:
Set in Victorian England featuring a star studded cast led by Claire Danes, Tom Hiddleston, Frank Dillane, Clémence Poésy and Hayley Squires, The Essex Serpent follows London widow Cora Seaborne (Danes) who moves to Essex to investigate reports of a mythical serpent. She forms an unlikely bond with the village vicar (Hiddleston), but when tragedy strikes, locals accuse her of attracting the creature.
The limited 6 episode Apple TV+ series begins May 13 with the first 2 episodes back to back. After that, we will receive one episode every Friday until the final episode on June 10.