The Essex Serpent: Release date, cast, synopsis, trailer & more

The Essex Serpent is a drama series set in the Victorian period, based around the fictional village of Aldwinter and a mythical creature rumoured to live in it.

Release date

The series is set to release on Apple TV+ on 13th May, 2022.

Cast and creators

  • Claire Danes
  • Tom Hiddleston
  • Frank Dillane
  • Clémence Poésy
  • Hayley Squires

Written by Anna Symon

Produced by Anna Symon, Clio Barnard, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Patrick Walters, Jamie Laurenson, Hakan Kousetta


“Set in Victorian England featuring a star-studded cast led by Claire Danes, Tom Hiddleston, Frank Dillane, Clémence Poésy and Hayley Squires, The Essex Serpent follows London widow Cora Seaborne (Danes) who moves to Essex to investigate reports of a mythical serpent. She forms an unlikely bond with the village vicar (Hiddleston), but when tragedy strikes, locals accuse her of attracting the creature.”

Other details

The Essex Serpent is based on Sarah Perry’s novel of the same name, which won the British Book Awards for 2016 Book of the Year and Waterstones Book of the Year 2016.


In 1893, an earthquake hits Aldwinter, rumoured to have woken an ancient winged dragon that lives beneath the black water estuary.

Cora Seaborne arrives at the town to investigate the reports of the monster but soon finds herself being linked to its presence.

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