“Snake” recreates an original case that created a sensation in the mid-1970s. At the time, 20 young people from the West were killed while traveling through India, Thailand and Nepal – as backpackers, often referred to as the hippie trail, which was one of the highlights of the trip. So it was difficult at that time to even track the case.
Charles Sobharaj (Rahim), a fast-paced artist, traitor, thief and psychopath who was the main suspect in the crime, became Interpol’s most wanted man in the mid-1970s: there were arrest warrants against him on three different continents. Beside him: his girlfriend and partner, Mary-Andre Leclerc (Coleman).
In Bangkok, the young Dutch diplomat Hermann Nippenberg (Howell) is caught in Sobharaj’s criminal network in search of two missing persons. A dramatic game of cat and mouse will lead you through Asia between these two different humans.
Other important roles include Ellie Bomber, Amesh Edireweera, Mathilde Warnier, Gregor Izwarin and Tim McKinnery.
On the eve of the World premiere, our reviewer Marcus Kirzinovsky summed up that there is nothing to criticize about the craftsmanship on stage, praising the narrative on both time levels and in a successful musical setting. However, it remains pale under this series, because in this retelling of historical events the really attractive title character is not subject to any psychological development (for full critique).
The miniseries was developed by Tom Shankland and Richard Warlow, the director responsible for the screenplay, along with Toby Finley. “The Snake” is produced by ITV subsidiary Mammoth Screen. The series had its world premiere in the United Kingdom in January.
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