Apple TV+ Orders Two More Seasons of ‘Slow Horses’

Apple TV+ has ordered two more seasons of the espionage series “Slow Horses,” starring Gary Oldman, to be adapted from the next two novels in the CWA Gold Dagger Award-winning Mick Herron spy series “Slough House.”

The six-episode first season of “Slow Horses” launched globally on Apple TV+ April 1, with the second season set to premiere globally later this year.

In season three of “Slow Horses,” Jackson Lamb’s disgraced spies work together to foil a rogue agent when one of their own is kidnapped. Season four opens with a bombing that detonates personal secrets, rocking the already unstable foundations of Slough House.

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“Slow Horses” is a darkly humorous espionage drama that follows a dysfunctional team of British intelligence agents who serve in a dumping-ground department of MI5 known un-affectionately as Slough House. Oldman stars as Lamb, the brilliant but irascible leader of the spies, who end up in Slough House due to their career-ending mistakes as they frequently find themselves blundering around the smoke and mirrors of the espionage world. The ensemble cast includes Academy Award nominee Kristin Scott Thomas, BAFTA Scotland Award winner Jack Lowden, Saskia Reeves, Rosalind Eleazar, Christopher Chung, Freddie Fox, Chris Reilly, Samuel West, Sophie Okonedo, Aimee-Ffion Edwards, Kadiff Kirwan and Academy Award nominee Jonathan Pryce.

Slow Horses

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Stars Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Jack Lowden.

This darkly funny spy thriller series is based on the 2010 novel of the same name and gives Academy Award-lauded star Gary Oldman another shot at playing a grumpy old mentor following his Oscar-nominated turn in Mank and his Oscar-winning performance as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour

Needless to say, Oldman has the role of crusty crank down to a science.

He plays Jackson Lamb, the alcoholic ringleader of a band of misfit MI5 agents relegated to Slough House (not-so-affectionately called “Slow Horses”) after they have bungled their spying assignments. The irascible boss Lamb is bent on making their work lives insufferably tedious and pointless until the band of quirky secret agents is unwittingly drawn into a real spy caper involving the MI5 ‘A’ team and its boss Diana Taverner (Kristin Scott Thomas).

Recalling great old spy movies of the 1970s with all their grime and grit — albeit set after the fall of the Berlin Wall — “Slow Horses” succeeds in offering a mystery through-line for its first season (another is on the way) while also introducing characters that keep the viewers’ interest. In addition to Lamb (Oldman) and Taverner (Thomas), we meet River Cartwright (Jack Lowden), the young spy determined to make good, as well as his grandfather and retired MI5 officer David Cartwright (the venerable Jonathan Pryce), among other intriguing personalities. Like any good characters, they are fun to watch and leave viewers wanting to spend more time with them — no matter what the next assignment may be.

Mel Gibson Spy Thriller ‘Agent Game’ Headed to Blu-ray Combo Pack May 24

The Mel Gibson spy thriller Agent Game arrives May 24 on Blu-ray plus DVD plus digital from Lionsgate.

Directed by Grant S. Johnson (Nighthawks), the movie also stars Dermot Mulroney (TV’s “Hanna,” Hard Luck Love Song, TV’s “The Purge”), Annie Ilonzeh (TV’s “Chicago Fire,” TV’s “Person of Interest,” TV’s “Charlie’s Angels”), Jason Isaacs (TV’s “The OA,” “Harry Potter” franchise, Black Hawk Down), Katie Cassidy (TV’s “Arrow,” TV’s “Gossip Girl,” TV’s “Melrose Place”), Academy Award nominee Barkhad Abdi (2013, Actor in a Supporting Role, Captain Phillips), Adan Canto (TV’s “Designated Survivor,” TV’s “Blood & Oil,” TV’s “Mixology”) and Rhys Coiro (TV’s “Entourage,” TV’s “The Walking Dead,” TV’s “A Million Little Things”).

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In the spy thriller, Harris (Mulroney), a CIA interrogator at an Agency black site, finds himself the target of a rendition operation after being scapegoated for an interrogation gone horribly wrong. As the team tasked to bring Harris in begins to question their orders — and each other — Olsen (Gibson), a senior intelligence officer, and his subordinate, Visser (Ilonzeh), raise the stakes. Now, it’s up to Harris and some newfound allies to uncover the truth and turn the tables.

Special features include audio commentary with Johnson and “Subterfuge: Playing the Agent Game.” 

 

Cold War Thriller ‘The Courier’ Due on Digital and Disc June 1

The Cold War espionage thriller The Courier will come out on digital, DVD and Blu-ray June 1 from Lionsgate.

In this true-life spy thriller, unassuming British businessman Greville Wynne (Benedict Cumberbatch) becomes entangled in one of the greatest international conflicts in history. Recruited by MI6 and a CIA operative (Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”), Wynne forms a covert partnership with Soviet officer Oleg Penkovsky (Merab Ninidze), and both men risk everything in a danger-fraught race against time to provide the intelligence needed to prevent nuclear confrontation and end the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Extras include the featurette “On the Brink: Making The Courier.”

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Benedict Cumberbatch Thriller ‘The Courier’ Coming to PVOD April 16

The Benedict Cumberbatch thriller The Courier will come out via premium VOD rental April 16 from Lionsgate.

The film is currently in theaters.

In this true-life Cold War spy thriller, unassuming British businessman Greville Wynne (Cumberbatch) becomes entangled in one of the greatest international conflicts in history. Recruited by MI6 and a CIA operative (Primetime Emmy and Golden Globe winner Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”), Wynne forms a covert partnership with Soviet officer Oleg Penkovsky (Merab Ninidze), and both men risk everything in a danger-fraught race against time to provide the intelligence needed to prevent nuclear confrontation and end the Cuban Missile Crisis.