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Slow Horses: Gary Oldman transforms into Cold Warrior alongside spymaster Kristin Scott-Thomas


Apple TV+ have revealed the premiere date and first official stills of the hotly- anticipated espionage series, Slow Horses.

Oscar-winning actor Gary Oldman takes the lead as Cold Warrior Jackson Lamb while Kristin Scott-Thomas takes on the role of a spymaster in the new series. 

After lockdown restrictions delayed filming and production on the series, the drama now has an air date of April 1.  

Slow Horses FIRST LOOK: Apple TV+ have revealed the premiere date and first official stills of the hotly- anticipated espionage series starring Gary Oldman as Cold Warrior Jackson Lamb

Slow Horses FIRST LOOK: Apple TV+ have revealed the premiere date and first official stills of the hotly- anticipated espionage series starring Gary Oldman as Cold Warrior Jackson Lamb

The first two episodes will drop simultaneously followed by one new episode weekly, every Friday. 

Slow Horses is the television adaptation of Mick Herron’s Slough House book series, about a group of M15 misfits annexed into obscurity. 

The spies end up in the Slough House division due to their career ending mistakes. Jack Lowden is also part of the talented cast.

One to watch: Kristin Scott Thomas has been cast as one of the two spymasters who oversee Lamb and his flock in Slow Horses, named after the first Slough House novel

One to watch: Kristin Scott Thomas has been cast as one of the two spymasters who oversee Lamb and his flock in Slow Horses, named after the first Slough House novel

The misfits are led by former Cold Warrior Jackson Lamb (Gary) and wannabe 007 River Cartwright (Jack Lowden) and end up seeing more action than the intelligence officers at HQ.

Kristin has been cast as one of the two spymasters who oversee Lamb and his flock in Slow Horses, named after the first Slough House novel.

The series also stars Academy Award-nominee Jonathan Pryce as David Cartwright,  and The Sound Of Metal star Olivia Cooke as as Sidney ‘Sid’ Baker. 

Coming soon: After lockdown restrictions delayed filming and production on the series, the drama now has an air date of April 1

Coming soon: After lockdown restrictions delayed filming and production on the series, the drama now has an air date of April 1

Sources told Deadline that 12 episodes are being filmed back-to-back. The first six episodes will be based on Herron’s first book, Slow Horses, and the second six will be based on his second novel, Dead Lions.

Herron has published six novels and two novellas in the Slough House series to date, with another novella due out in January. 

The TV series was originally slated to begin shooting in the UK in 2020 but was shut down due to the ongoing pandemic.

Tense: The misfits are led by wannabe 007 River Cartwright (Jack Lowden) and end up seeing more action than the intelligence officers at HQ

Tense: The misfits are led by wannabe 007 River Cartwright (Jack Lowden) and end up seeing more action than the intelligence officers at HQ

Filming started under strict safety protocols as London is currently under lockdown restrictions, with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson issuing a stay at home order amid the global coronavirus pandemic. 

Gary has long been attached to the project both as the lead and an executive producer, alongside business partner Douglas Urbanski.

Meanwhile Former Veep writer Will Smith serves as screenwriter and executive producer.

Famous faces: The series also stars Academy Award-nominee Jonathan Pryce as David Cartwright

Famous faces: The series also stars The Sound Of Metal star Olivia Cooke as as Sidney 'Sid' Baker

Famous faces: The series also stars Academy Award-nominee Jonathan Pryce as David Cartwright, and The Sound Of Metal star Olivia Cooke as as Sidney ‘Sid’ Baker 

The role marks one of few TV roles Gary has held throughout his career and his first TV regular role. 

It is not the first time Gary has piled on the pounds to play a secret agent.

He gorged on chips, hamburgers and ice-cream puddings before starring as George Smiley in the 2011 adaptation of John le Carre’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

Gary discussed the similarities – and differences – between the two characters in an interview last year.

‘Lamb’s got greasy hair and flatulence,’ he said. ‘He’s a f**ting, working-class version of George Smiley.’

Game of Thrones star Sir Jonathan Pryce and English actress Olivia Cooke also star in the series. 

The series is produced for Apple by See-Saw Films and adapted for television by Will Smith (‘Veep’). Graham Yost executive produces alongside Smith. 

Jamie Laurenson, Hakan Kousetta, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gail Mutrux and Douglas Urbanski also serve as executive producers on the series. 

James Hawes directs all six episodes and executive produces. 

One to watch: It is not the first time Gary has piled on the pounds to play a secret agent. He gorged on burgerS before starring as George Smiley in the 2011 adaptation of John le Carre’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

One to watch: It is not the first time Gary has piled on the pounds to play a secret agent. He gorged on burgerS before starring as George Smiley in the 2011 adaptation of John le Carre’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

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