Series Will Adapt Acclaimed Slough House Spy Novels

Apple TV+ has announced it’s adding the Gary Oldman-led espionage drama series, Slow Horses, to its schedule.

The recently launched subscription streaming service has signed Oscar winner Oldman to make his TV series debut and star in the straight-to-series drama based on Mick Herron’s book series of the same name.

The story of Slow Horses centres on Oldman’s Jackson Lamb, described in the logline as –

“the brilliant but irascible leader of the spies who end up in Slough House due to their career-ending mistakes.”

In Herron’s franchise-launching book, said Slough House is a London posting in which washed-up MI5 personnel (dubbed “Slow Horses,”) are sent to carry on tedious work in obscurity. However, a curious case falls into their hemisphere; the kidnapping of a young man, overshadowed by the video-sent specter of his beheading. While this is just the kind of case that might get a discerning spy sprung from Slough House purgatory, there are elements of the case that appear dubious, calling into question the kidnappers, the victim, and a disgraced journalist.

Will Smith (Veep, The Thick Of It) will write the script. Graham Yost will executive produce alongside Smith, Jamie Laurenson, Hakan Kousetta, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gail Mutrux and Douglas Urbanski. This is Yost’s second drama at Apple TV+ and joins the Band Of Brothers sequel Masters Of The Air, he is the creator of FX crime drama Justified, and who more recently worked on Amazon’s Sneaky Pete.

Herron’s Slow Horses was first published in 2010 and now features eight titles in the series, including Dead Lions, The List, Real Tigers, Spook Street, London Rules, The Drop and this year’s Joe Country.

Oldman, who won the best actor Oscar in 2017 for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour, was previously nominated for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2012) and counts The Dark Knight and Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, among his credits.

Apple TV+ launched Nov. 1 with scripted originals The Morning Show, See, Dickinson and For All Mankind that have all been given second seasons.