The limited series produced jointly by BBC One and Netflix, tells the story of Charles Sobhraj, who preyed on western tourists on the hippie trail in the 70s

ONE OF THE BEST SHOWS ON NETFLIX , I absolutely devoured this show . Watching The Serpent is like going back on the times of travel in the ‘70s. The limited series produced jointly by BBC One and Netflix, tells the story of Charles Sobhraj (Tahar Rahim), who preyed on western tourists on the hippie trail in the 70s. He was called the Serpent for his slippery, slithery ways.

While the back and forth in time is annoying, The Serpent is super-thrilling with loads of happening in each episode . One can binge watch as Sobhraj cuts a swathe of destruction, while a Dutch diplomat, Herman Knippenberg (Billy Howle) doggedly follows his trail.

Opening at a swinging party in November 1975 at Kanit House in Bangkok, where Sobhraj moves around in the guise of charming gem dealer Alain Gautier, The Serpent goes back in time to a jewellery robbery in Delhi which got Sobhraj arrested, his marriage, the birth of his daughter and his seduction of his partner in crime, Marie-Andrée Leclerc (Jenna Coleman).

Everyone’s acting, from the leads to the supporting cast, is spot on. The look, feel and the sounds of hippie trail of the ‘70s are recreated perfectly. That colourful bus from London to Nepal with stops at Istanbul, Kabul, Tehran and Delhi bring a pang for the days when the world was a welcoming Eden — unfortunately with a serpent ready to strike.

The Serpent is currently streaming on Netflix. Highly recommended !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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