The Essex Serpent

The Essex Serpent
Released: 13th May, 2022

About The Essex Serpent

The Essex  Serpent is an upcoming tv series directed by Clio Barnard and written by Anna Symon. It is based on the novel of the same name by Sarah Perry.

It stars Claire Danes as Cora, Tom Hiddleston as Will Ransome, Frank Dillane as Luke Garrett, Hayley Squires as Martha , Clémence Poésy as Stella Ransome, Jamael Westman as Dr. George Spencer, Dixie Egerickx as Jo Ransome and Michael Jibson as Matthew Evansford.

The Essex  Serpent will be released on AppleTV+ on 13 May 2022.


The show follows London widow Cora Seaborne who moves to Essex to investigate reports of a mythical serpent. She forms a bond with the village vicar. After tragedy strikes, locals accuse her of attracting the creature.

Critic Reviews

  • Fortunately, The Essex Serpent delivers in just about every facet. From performances by Tom Hiddleston and Claire Danes that are infused with a delicious note of inward yearning that slowly displays itself on the outside to the fog-blanketed marshes of the Essex village in which the bulk of the story is set, the resulting product is an atmospheric, Gothic romance that doesn't retreat from indulging in its overall foreboding while it ultimately looks toward the possibility of an optimistic ending.

    Rating: 100/100
  • As historical fiction, as sleepy Gothic romance, as an understated showcase for its cast and crew's talents, it's impossible to escape The Essex Serpent's unexpected charms.

    Rating: 100/100
  • For a series that wants to have its eel pie and eat it, too, The Essex Serpent balances folk horror and romantic threads reasonably well, and that’s down to fine scripts by Anna Symon, assured, cinematic direction by Clio Barnard, and a strong ensemble of players.

    Rating: 83/100
    The Av Club
  • Gorgeously shot, cleverly crafted, and brimming with intrigue, Clio Barnard’s latest reaffirms her status as one of Britain’s most important directors.

    Rating: 80/100
  • While “The Essex Serpent” isn’t perfect, it manages to adequately capture the brooding tone of its source material and showcases a talented ensemble that makes it fully worth watching.

    Rating: 75/100
    The Playlist
  • Overripe at times, it leaves room for enough mystery and respect for the unknown to keep mind and soul working in tandem toward a heady exploration of faith and doubt. Claire Danes is radiant as Cora Seaborne.

    Rating: 75/100
    San Francisco Chronicle
  • Director Clio Barnard (The Selfish Giant) has always been stronger on atmosphere than plot. She and writer, Anna Symon, have produced something flat, in which moments of high drama or strong emotion seem overdone.

    Rating: 40/100
    The Telegraph