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The Essex Serpent FIRST LOOK: Claire Danes attracts the attention of married pastor Tom Hiddleston

A first look at The Essex Serpent teases steamy scenes between lead characters Cora Seaborne [Claire Danes] and married pastor Will Ransome [Tom Hiddleston].

A new trailer which has been released for the Apple TV+ drama series and reveals that the two will embark on an illicit affair when Cora moves to the area and attracts the attention of Will, while investigating reports of a mythical serpent.

Cora is called to look into the reports when a local girl goes missing and is presumed dead in the opening scenes of the trailer, where the sounds of a mysterious creature can be heard echoing across the marshes.

Oh my word! A first look at The Essex Serpent teases steamy scenes between lead characters Cora Seaborne [Claire Danes] and married pastor Will Ransome [Tom Hiddleston]

Oh my word! A first look at The Essex Serpent teases steamy scenes between lead characters Cora Seaborne [Claire Danes] and married pastor Will Ransome [Tom Hiddleston]

The girl’s father says she was ‘taken for her sins’, while Will responds by telling him that it was ‘an accident’ and that ‘God will look after her now.

Cora arrives in Essex as she tells a local boy that she is there to discover whether the creature is real. As she insists that the serpent is ‘real not mythical’.

During a dinner at his family home, Will tells Cora: ‘The serpent is an invention, a symptom of the times we live in.’

First LOOK! A new trailer which has been released for the Apple TV+ drama series and reveals that the two will embark on an illicit affair when Cora moves to the area and attracts the attention of Will, while investigating reports of a mythical serpent

First LOOK! A new trailer which has been released for the Apple TV+ drama series and reveals that the two will embark on an illicit affair when Cora moves to the area and attracts the attention of Will, while investigating reports of a mythical serpent

While Cora counters: ‘I’d rather believe in a create people have actually seen than an invisible God. Is that blasphemy?’

Will’s wife Stella Ransome [Clémence Poésy] chimes in: ‘You won’t get my husband to judge you. No matter how hard you try.’

The pace then picks up as mysterious happenings begin, with Cora questioning whether she brought the illusive serpent to the area.

On the hunt: Cora is called to look into the reports when a local girl goes missing and is presumed dead in the opening scenes of the trailer, where the sounds of a mysterious creature can be heard echoing across the marshes

On the hunt: Cora is called to look into the reports when a local girl goes missing and is presumed dead in the opening scenes of the trailer, where the sounds of a mysterious creature can be heard echoing across the marshes

Traumatic: The girl's father says she was 'taken for her sins', while Will responds by telling him that it was 'an accident' and that 'God will look after her now'

Traumatic: The girl’s father says she was ‘taken for her sins’, while Will responds by telling him that it was ‘an accident’ and that ‘God will look after her now’

Martha [Hayley Squires]a friend of Cora’s from London, asks her to come back home and tells her ‘you need to forget about Essex.’

In another scene a man says to her: ‘It sounds like you’re in love with her’, while she replies: ‘Everyone else is.’

Character Luke Garrett [Frank Dillane] can be heard saying: ‘We can’t control our inner thoughts. But they can influence us’, playing over a scene of Cora and Will dancing together in a ballroom.

Opinion: Cora arrives in Essex as she tells a local boy that she is there to discover whether the creature is real. As she insists that the serpent is 'real not mythical'

Opinion: Cora arrives in Essex as she tells a local boy that she is there to discover whether the creature is real. As she insists that the serpent is ‘real not mythical’

While Cora counters: 'I'd rather believe in a create people have actually seen than an invisible God. Is that blasphemy?'

While Cora counters: ‘I’d rather believe in a create people have actually seen than an invisible God. Is that blasphemy?’

Will's wife Stella Ransome [Clémence Poésy] chimes in: 'You won't get my husband to judge you. No matter how hard you try'

Will’s wife Stella Ransome [Clémence Poésy] chimes in: ‘You won’t get my husband to judge you. No matter how hard you try’

In a fit of a rage, Cora says to Will: ‘You let them accuse me. You said nothing!’

Will replies: ‘I am their pastor’.

While she relies: ‘So you can’t be my friend and a man of God?’

He tells her: ‘I can’t think clearly when I’m around you.’

She responds: ‘I won’t be blamed for your weakness.’

Worries: The pace then picks up as mysterious happenings begin, with Cora questioning whether she brought the illusive serpent to the area

Worries: The pace then picks up as mysterious happenings begin, with Cora questioning whether she brought the illusive serpent to the area

He tells her: ‘Love is not a weakness’, before skipping to a steamy scene of him kissing her neck in a passionate clinch.

While the lovers are stood outside on the moors, Will’s wife Stella can be seen peeking her head around the curtain to watch them outside.

The series, based on Sarah Perry’s novel of the same name, will debut globally on May 13, followed by one new episode weekly, every Friday through June 10.

Romance: Character Luke Garrett [Frank Dillane] can be heard saying: 'We can't control our inner thoughts. But they can influence us', playing over a scene of Cora and Will dancing together in a ballroom

Romance: Character Luke Garrett [Frank Dillane] can be heard saying: ‘We can’t control our inner thoughts. But they can influence us’, playing over a scene of Cora and Will dancing together in a ballroom

Intense: The pair can't look away from each other as they dance

Intense: The pair can’t look away from each other as they dance

Set in Victorian England featuring a star studded cast led by Claire and Tom, as well as Frank, Clémence and Hayley, The Essex Serpent follows London widow Cora, who moves to Essex to investigate reports of a mythical serpent.

She forms a surprising bond of science and skepticism with the local pastor, but when tragedy strikes, locals accuse her of attracting the creature.

The Essex Serpent is directed by BAFTA Award-nominee Clio Barnard, written by BAFTA Award-nominee Anna Symon.

Barnard and Symon also serve as executive producers alongside Jamie Laurenson, Hakan Kousetta, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Patrick Walters.

The series is produced for Apple TV+ by See-Saw Films.

While she relies: 'So you can't be my friend and a man of God?'

While she relies: ‘So you can’t be my friend and a man of God?’

He tells her: 'Love is not a weakness', before skipping to a steamy scene of him kissing her neck in a passionate clinch

He tells her: ‘Love is not a weakness’, before skipping to a steamy scene of him kissing her neck in a passionate clinch

Watchful eye: While the lovers are stood outside on the moors, Will's wife Stella can be seen peeking her head around the curtain to watch them outside

Watchful eye: While the lovers are stood outside on the moors, Will’s wife Stella can be seen peeking her head around the curtain to watch them outside

Upcoming: The series, based on Sarah Perry's novel of the same name, will debut globally on on May 13, followed by one new episode weekly, every Friday through June 10

Upcoming: The series, based on Sarah Perry’s novel of the same name, will debut globally on on May 13, followed by one new episode weekly, every Friday through June 10

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