The Essex Serpent: Is the Apple TV series based on the book?

Premiered on Apple+ TV, The Essex Serpent is a film adaptation of the 2016 novel by Sarah Perry

The six-part gothic series, based on Sarah Perry’s 2016 novel of the same name, will run for six weeks.

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Starring Claire Danes and Tom Hiddleston, here’s everything you need to know.

What is The Essex Serpent about?

The film series and novel are set in the Victorian era of 1893 and are set in a fictional Essex village called Aldwinter.

It tells the story of Cora Seaborne (Danish) who, enjoying her recent freedom from an abusive husband, moves from London to Aldwinter with her young son (Caspar Griffiths) and their housekeeper (Hayley Squires).

Claire Danes and Tom Hiddleston in The Essex Serpent (Credit: Apple TV+)

Newly widowed Cora is obsessed with a local superstition that a mythical creature known as The Essex Serpent has returned to the area while forming an unusual connection with the village vicar (Hiddleston).

Who is Sarah Perry?

English author Sarah Perry wrote The Essex Serpent, inspired by her childhood town of Maldon, Essex.

The 2016 award-winning novel is her second book, with other titles including After Me Comes The Flood and Melmoth.

Sarah has received awards for Book of the Year and Women’s Fiction Awards from Waterstones, among others.

If it’s on Apple+ TV?

The first two episodes premiered on May 13 on Apple+ TV and the series is set to run for the next six weeks.

The following gothic drama episodes are released every Friday at 7am (GMT). The Essex Serpent: Is the Apple TV series based on the book?


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