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Netflix viewers urged to binge 'brilliant' true crime drama that's left fans on the edge of their seats

Netflix viewers urged to binge 'brilliant' true crime drama that's left fans on the edge of their seats

The BBC hit is based off the life and crimes of a 1970s serial killer

If you've already binged your way through the riveting last instalment of Bridgerton - or you've grown sick of Love Island after two long weeks - and you're on the look out for a brand new show to sink your teeth into, don't worry. We've got you covered.

That's because there's a true crime series on Netflix that has sent viewers into an absolute frenzy.

So much so, that some fans have claimed they felt the need to watch it twice.

Picture this: A woman discovers that her brand new boyfriend is a prolific serial killer on a murderous rampage, killing his victims and using their passports to travel across the globe and sell stolen goods.

What does she do? Turn him into the police? Flee as far away from him as possible? Set up a trap to have him convicted?

No, she joins him in his endeavour, of course!

As we say, this eight-episode thriller - which first landed on the BBC back in 2021 - is based off a true story.

That's right, back in the 1970s, killer Charles Sobhraj enlisted the help of his girlfriend Marie-Andrée Leclerc as he travelled through Thailand, picking off young backpackers one-by-one and using their identities for evil purposes.

Known as a con man, thief and master of disguise, having slipped repeatedly from the grasp of authorities worldwide, by 1976 Sobhraj was Interpol's most wanted man and had arrest warrants on three different continents.

The duo were at the height of their blood-chilling crimes when Dutch diplomat Herman Knippenberg began to put two and two together, and launched an investigation which eventually saw them meet the dark fate.

The series first aired on BBC in 2021. (BBC)
The series first aired on BBC in 2021. (BBC)

If this story is already ringing a bell, that's probably because you've already feasted your eyes upon the spine-tingling magnificence that is The Serpent.

And if it isn't ringing any bells, don't worry. You're in for a TREAT.

Starring Golden Globe nominee Tahar Rahim as the villainous Mr Sobhraj himself, the show also features Doctor Who legend Jenna Coleman as his other-half, as well as Glue actor Billy Hoyle as the man putting a stop to their crime-spree for once and for all.

And, as if this wasn't enough to tempt you, the fact that all eight episodes are currently available to stream for free on BBC iPlayer and Netflix right now might (kerching!).

The Serpent tells the true story of killer Charles Sobhraj. (BBC)
The Serpent tells the true story of killer Charles Sobhraj. (BBC)

But don't just take our word for it. The series has received high acclaim from fans with an 81 percent audience rating and 69 percent critic score on Rotten Tomatoes. It also has two BAFTA nominations and a Golden Globe under its belt.

Taking to the Netflix Bangers Facebook group this week, one fan of the show gushed: "[The Serpent is] so good I've watched it twice."

"I was hanging on my seat the entire time even the second time lol!" they added.

Another went on: "It's brilliant - I'm going to watch it again."

Featured Image Credit: BBC

Topics: BBC, Netflix, TV And Film, True Crime