The Serpent viewers distracted by ‘appalling and ridiculous’ wigs as cast rock dramatic 70s hairstyles for BBC thriller

THE Serpent viewers have been left distracted by ‘appalling and ridiculous’ wigs as the cast rock dramatic 70s hairstyles for the BBC thriller.

The new drama follows real life serial killer Charles Sobhraj and his reign of terror as he killed countless travellers in Thailand, Nepal and India during the 1970s, drugging them and often stealing their identities.

While the subject matter of the drama is disturbing, some viewers couldn't help but be distracted by the wigs worn by a number of male cast members – including Tahar Rahim who plays Charles – as they embraced the 1970s look.

Taking to Twitter, one viewer wrote: "Really enjoyed The Serpent apart from the lead character's appalling wigs. #TheSerpent #dodgysyrups."

Another tweeted: "TheSerpent do all the men go to the same wig shop ,they look ridiculous!!!"

A third added: "We're watching #TheSerpent on #BBC There are some seriously bad wigs in this drama."

Meanwhile a fourth wrote: "State of his Barnet, KFC have the boneless box, this mf have the boneless hair do #TheSerpent."

It wasn't just the male actors who wore wigs though, as Jenna Coleman – who plays Charles' lover and accomplice Marie-Andrée Leclerc – also wore a fake barnet.

She said of filming the series in Bangkok: "The scenery is incredible, and Bangkok has such a frenzy and an energy that it really infiltrates into the series.

"There’s just so much life and culture. It’s the hottest place to shoot, though. Wearing a wig in the 1970s in Bangkok is very hot!"

Speaking about her new role, Jenna revealed one of her biggest hurdles – aside from the wigs – was nailing Marie-Andrée’s French-Canadian accent.

She said: "Both her French-Canadian accent when speaking English, and then her French-Canadian accent when speaking French. To try and find that was really hard.

"Many of the actors I was filming with are French themselves, so to try and work authentically within that realm was a big challenge.

The Serpent continues on Sunday, January 10 at 9pm on BBC One.

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