Gary Oldman will star in Apple TV+’s first UK drama series, spy thriller Slow Horses from See Saw Films.
Apple creative director for Europe worldwide video Jay Hunt has ordered the adaptation of Mick Herron’s Jackson Lamb thriller novel series, alongside heads of worldwide video, Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht.
Slow Horses tells the story of a team of British intelligence agents who have made career-ending mistakes and find themselves serving in a dumping ground department of MI5 called Slough House.
Oldman plays the group’s leader, the “brilliant but irascible” Lamb. The latter has variously been described by his creator Heron as “crime fiction’s Falstaff, a glorious Rabelaisian monster” and as looking like “Timothy Spall gone to seed”.
Herron’s work is being adapted by Will Smith (Veep, The Thick Of It), who will also act as an executive producer. Herron’s sixth full-length Jackson Lamb novel was published this summer.
The other exec producers are Canadian screenwriter Graham Yost, See Saw’s Jamie Laurenson, Hakan Kousetta, Iain Canning and Emile Sherman, US producer Gail Mutrux, and Douglas Urbanski, the producer behind Darkest Hour, which starred Oldman as Churchill.
The number of episodes and the series launch date are yet to be revealed.
See Saw’s TV credits include two series of Top Of The Lake and Nick Hornby’s short-form series State Of The Union, while its films include Steve McQueen titles Widows and Shame.
This story originally appeared in Screen’s sister publication Broadcast.