‘The Serpent’ recap: What happened in Episode 3?

New crime drama The Serpent continued in the UK tonight.

Set in the 1970s and based on a phenomenal true story, the BBC and Netflix’s eight-part mini-series tells how one of the most elusive criminals of the 20th century was caught and brought to trial.

From the creator of Ripper Street and the makers of Endeavour, The Serpent stars French actor Tahar Rahim (A Prophet) as Charles Sobrhaj, alongside Jenna Coleman (Victoria) as Marie-Andrée Leclerc, Sobhraj’s partner and frequent accomplice.

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Here’s a plot recap for the third episode of The Serpent, which aired on BBC One at 9pm on Sunday 10th January 2021:

Chiang Mai, September 1975. French backpacker Dominique (Fabien Frankel) is befriended by Charles (Tahar Rahim), drugged and taken back to his apartment, where Charles and Marie-Andrée (Jenna Coleman) promise to nurse him back to health.

By the time Dominique realises the terrible things happening in the apartment, he is trapped.

In March 1976, Nadine (Mathilde Warnier) and Remi (Grégoire Isvarine) tell their chilling story to Herman (Billy Howle), Angela (Ellie Bamber) and Paul (Tim McInnerny).

It dawns on Herman that the man he is pursuing may be connected to many more than two deaths.

As Herman starts to piece together Charles’ crimes, Nadine walks into terrifying danger.