Forget Bond. We’ve seen a slightly scruffier, lower level version of British spycraft in Killing Eve and now Apple TV+ is ready to unleash their equivalent with Slow Horses. The first images, featuring the likes of Gary Oldman, Olivia Cooke, Kristin Scott Thomas and Jonathan Pryce, are online.
The series is drawn from Mick Herron’s successful, entertaining and often darkly comic novel series, which follows the less-than-by-the-book behaviour of Jackson Lamb (Oldman), a brilliant, scruffy and frequently furious leader of a group of MI5 misfits, who all end up posted to his Slough House facility after screwing up missions (or being maneuvered into doing so by Thames House rivals).
Jack Lowden is River Cartwright, the latest officer banished to Lamb’s team, and essentially the audience substitute in exploring this world. Cooke’s playing Sid Baker, a sharp agent and River’s officemate. Outside the office, Thomas is Diana Taverner, a powerful, conflicted agent at Thames House and Pryce is set as River’s grandfather, himself a retired agent.
Graham Yost, no stranger to bringing unorthodox literary heroes to life with Justified, is executive producer, while regular Armando Iannucci collaborator Will Smith is on hand to write the scripts, and to keep the British feel intact.
Slow Horses has spied a 1 April launch for the first two episodes, and the following four episodes will arrive weekly.