Mick Herron’s Slough House series is being adapted for television by Apple TV, with Gary Oldman cast in the role of Jackson Lamb.
The TV show, which will be streamed on the newly launched Apple TV, has been titled “Slow Horses” after the first novel in Herron’s spy thriller series published by John Murray. It follows a team of British intelligence agents who serve in a dumping ground department of MI5 – Slough House.
Oldman, who won an Academy Award for best actor for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in 2017’s “Darkest Hour”, is to star as Jackson Lamb, the "brilliant but irascible" leader of the spies who end up in Slough House due to their career-ending mistakes. Will Smith, former “Veep” writer, will write and executive produce and See-Saw films will produce.
Herron’s Slough House series includes six novels and two novellas to date. John Murray will publish the latest and third Slough House novella, The Catch, as £9.99 hardback on 9th January 2020.
Coinciding with The Catch’s publication, Radio 4 will serialise The Drop, the previous novella in the series, in its Book at Bedtime slot. The Drop will be serialised across five episodes and will be produced by Eilidh McCreadie at BBC Scotland.
Since John Murray began publishing Herron in 2015, his book sales have surpassed 750,000 units across all formats according to the publisher. Through Nielsen Herron has sold 305,370 books for £2.4m, with the first Jackson Lamb book Slow Horses his bestseller at 60,830 copies.