Slow Horses: Gary Oldman to star in new Apple spy series

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Mick Herron’s spy novel series is heading for a TV adaptation at Apple. Gary Oldman (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) will lead Slow Horses as Jackson Lamb, a “brilliant but irascible” leader of a group of spies, who find themselves in MI5’s Slough House, “having been exiled from the mainstream for their mistakes”.

Deadline confirms that Apple has ordered the series for its streaming service, Apple TV+, where it will join the likes of Jason Momoa’s brutal fantasy, See, and Ronald D. Moore’s space race drama, For All Mankind.

Slow Horses is the first book in a series of eight:

“[Slow Horses] follows the abduction of a young man with the kidnappers threatening to behead him live on the internet. However, there are question marks as to whether the victim is who he appears to be and there’s a murky connection between the kidnappers and a disgraced journalist.”

The series will be penned by Will Smith (Veep, The Thick Of It), and Graham Yost (Justified) is both producing and indicated to be the showrunner.

More on this as it arrives.