Gary Oldman, Jack Lowden and Kristen Scott Thomas return for Slow Horses season two, set to adapt Mick Herron’s Dead Lions
Slow Horses, a spy drama starring Gary Oldman and Jack Lowden, returns for its second season on Friday, December 2nd.
The series, which also stars Kristen Scott Thomas, is based on a series of novels by Mick Herron. Series 2 is an adaptation of Herron’s second novel, Dead Lions, published in 2013.
Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming Slow Horses series two.
Slow Horses is about the administrative branch of MI5 working out of an office called Slough House – it’s a boring purgatory for field agents who make mistakes who end their careers, all of whom are expected to quit out of boredom and frustration. In the first series, a new conspiracy took root, drawing the employees of Slough House into a dangerous gambit for the first time in years.
Apple TV+’s official Season 2 synopsis states that “Long-buried Cold War secrets are being unearthed that threaten to bring carnage to the streets of London. When a liaison with Russian villains takes a fatal turn, our hapless heroes must overcome their individual flaws and up their spy game in a race to prevent a catastrophic incident.”
Is it based on a book?
Yes it is! Slow Horses adapts Mick Herron’s eleven-volume series of Jackson Lamb novels, the last of which, Bad Actors, was published in 2022. Series 2 is an adaptation of Dead Lions released in 2013.
Who is in Slow Horses?
Gary Oldman plays Jackson Lamb, MI5’s pathetic head of administration. Oldman is best known for appearances in the Harry Potter and Batman franchises, as well as an Oscar-winning role in the Churchill biopic Darkest Hour (as well as nominations for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Mank!).
Jack Lowden plays River Cartwright, a former rising star recently demoted to Slough House after a very public blunder. Lowden is best known for appearing in films such as England is Mine, Mary Queen of Scots and Dunkirk; You may have last seen him in Benediction as Siegfried Sassoon.
Kristin Scott Thomas plays Diana Taverner, the Deputy Director General of MI5 and an uncomfortable ally of Lamb. Scott Thomas has appeared in Four Weddings and a Funeral, Gosford Park and Only God Forgives; She also starred alongside Slow Horse co-star Gary Oldman on Darkest Hour.
They are joined by Jonathan Pryce (The Crown), Freddie Fox (Cucumber), Saskia Reeves (Suspect), Dustin Demri-Burns (Am I Being Unreasonable?), Samuel West (All Creatures Great and Small), Christopher Chung (Waterloo) . Road) and Rosalind Eleazar (Rellik) among others.
Who writes and directs Slow Horses?
The series is portrayed by Will Smith (not this one), who previously contributed to Veep, The Thick of It and Avenue 5 alongside Armando Iannucci. Smith has written two episodes alongside Morwenna Banks and Mark Denton & Jonny Stockwood.
Series 2 was directed by Jeremy Lovering, taking on James Hawes (Doctor Who, Black Mirror). Lovering has directed episodes of Doctor Foster, Spooks and the 2014 Sherlock special The Abominable Bride.
Is there a trailer
yes there is You can watch it right here.
When and how can I see Slow Horses?
Season 2 of Slow Horses premieres on Apple TV+ on Friday, December 2nd. The first two episodes will be available immediately, with the remaining episodes releasing weekly through Friday, January 6th.
You can sign up for Apple TV+ right here, where you can rewatch the first series of Slow Horses.
How many episodes will there be?
Slow Horses Season 2 will have a total of six episodes, each approximately fifty minutes long.
Will there be a Series 3?
Yes it will! Not long after the release of Series 1 earlier this year, Apple TV+ commissioned two more series from Slow Horses. They are to adapt Mick Herron’s novels Real Tigers and Spook Street.
We still have no idea when Slow Horses series 3 and 4 will be released or if they will be filmed together like series 1 and 2 were (so we are already talking about series 2, just a few months after season 1) — however, the double order and the show’s success so far suggest it’s at least a possibility.
Why should I watch it?
It’s a really tightly made, gripping spy thriller with a great sense of humor – well worth your time if you’re into the genre, another silent demonstration of just how good Apple TV+ drama is.