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It’s science vs. religion in new folk horror series The Essex Serpent [Apple TV+ recap]

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Tom Hiddleston in The Essex Serpent★★★★☆
Tom Hiddleston plays a holy man with a lot on his mind in the new Apple TV+ period drama.
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The Essex Serpent is Apple TV+’s first foray into folk horror and a welcome return to BBC-style costume dramas. Based on the book by Sarah Perry, and starring Claire Danes and Tom Hiddleston, this series holds a lot of promise in its deviously clever premise.

Shepherded by writer Anna Symon (Dark Matters: Twisted But True, Deep Water) and director Clio Barnard (The Arbor, The Selfish Giant), the series’ excellent production design and game cast make The Essex Serpent appointment television. You can watch the first two episodes Friday on Apple TV+.

Trailer for Apple TV+’s Essex Serpent is a mashup of science, religion and romance

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Trailer for Apple TV+'s 'Essex Serpent' is a mashup of science, religion and romance
Tom Hiddleston and Claire Danes will star in The Essex Serpent on Apple TV+.
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The first trailer for the upcoming historical drama The Essex Serpent dropped Tuesday. It gives a preview of a very complicated relationship between characters played by Claire Danes and Tom Hiddleston. Also, there might or might not be a giant sea serpent involved.

The limited series premieres May 13 on Apple TV+.

Tom Hiddleston will trek across Antartica in Apple TV+ series The White Darkness

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Tom Hiddleston will trek across Antartica in Apple TV+ series ‘The White Darkness’
Tom Hiddleston will take off the Loki costume to star in the upcoming Apple Original series The White Darkness.
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Tom Hiddleston will soon be a familiar face on Apple TV+. On Thursday, the streaming service green lit his limited series The White Darkness. It will be based on a real-life adventure exploring Antarctica.

The actor already filmed The Essex Serpent for Apple TV+, which is expected to debut on the streaming service this spring.

Earth at Night in Color’s stunning imagery will render you speechless [Apple TV+ review]

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Earth at Night in Color
Season 2 of Apple's nighttime nature doc delivers amazing new delights.
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Apple TV+ docuseries Earth at Night in Color delivers a fresh batch of majestic nighttime sights, cruel natural phenomena and fascinating perspectives in its second season, which premieres today. The show didn’t quite reinvent the nature documentary wheel, but it still offers a welcome retreat from the horrors of 2021.

Tom Hiddleston is latest A-lister to sign up for an Apple TV+ show

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Tom Hiddleston
Another Marvel alumni joining Apple TV+.
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Tom Hiddleston has signed on to star with actor Claire Danes in The Essex Serpent for Apple TV+. The drama series is based on a book about Victorian repression, science and faith, and fear of the unknown, which sold upward of 200,000 copies.

The Essex Serpent was originally due to star Keira Knightley in the lead. However, she dropped out of the project as the result of COVID-related scheduling issues. Knightley was replaced by Danes.

Feast your eyes on Earth at Night in Color [Apple TV+ review]

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The Earth At Night in Color
Brace yourself for an unequaled eyeful of nature.
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Apple TV+ steps up its nature doc game again with Earth at Night in Color. Exciting, beautiful and cute, the show is as easy to watch as it is cumbersome to say.

Narrated by Tom Hiddleston, the series looks at parts of the natural world previously only revealed in grainy and intense night vision. It’s as exciting and revealing as anyone could hope for.