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Gary Oldman to star in television adaptation of Mick Herron's 'Slough House'

Gary Oldman to star in television adaptation of Mick Herron's 'Slough House'

Mick Herron's 'Slough House' series is hitting the small screen soon courtesy of Apple TV. The series, titled Slow Horses, will star Gary Oldman as Jackson Lamb, with Kristin Scott Thomas and Jonathan Pryce also set to star.

Drawing upon the first two books, Slow Horses and Dead Lions follows the slovenly intelligence officer Jackson Lamb (Oldman) who is exiled to MI5's dumping ground (the titular Slough House) due to continuous career wrecking mistakes which jeopordise MI5.

The show will run for two seasons across 12 episodes, covering the first two books in the 'Slough House' series, which is now up to its seventh book. Series author Mick Herron has been dubbed the 'John le Carre' of this generation, making the casting of Oldman, who played George Smiley in the 2011 film adaptation of le Carre's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, extra special.

Oldman said of his casting in the series, 'To have been lucky enough to play Smiley in one’s career; and now go and play Jackson Lamb in Mick Herron’s novels – the heir, in a way, to le Carre – is a terrific thing.'

Slow Horses is due for release via Apple TV later this year.