The Snake on Netflix: How a Small Town in England Served as a Backdrop for Thailand

In The Serpent, available on Netflix, viewers travel to Asia in the 1970s. Like many filming, the snake was disrupted by the pandemic, so last-minute solutions had to be found quickly!


Filmed in 2020, the mini-series Le Serpent has – like many other productions – suffered a break during confinement. Rest assured, much of the series was filmed on location in Thailand. Beautiful sandy beaches, bustling streets of Bangkok with small itinerant merchants … anything that feels like a real moment to escape, it’s all true.

However, Covid restrictions in Bangkok forced the film crew to pack their belongings and find another location. The destination chosen is somewhat unexpected since the small English town of Tring, located 50 kilometers northwest of London, has for some time turned into an exotic corner of Thailand.

Therefore, certain scenes that were supposed to take place in Thailand were filmed via the channel in locations that were intelligently “fabricated” to deceive the viewer. Director Hans Herbots posted on his social media in August 2020 a photo of a scene taken in a makeshift studio located at the Tring Park School of Performing Arts.

Scenes from Episode VI were also filmed in Mumbai at the Tring Park School of Performing Arts. The city was also used to film a scene set at a post office in Delhi, India. Finally, Tring and Bangkok were used to film scenes in history in Karachi, Pakistan.

In a video interview given to us by Taher Rahim, the latter returned to the very same period of shooting.

“Because of the epidemic, we had to close the shooting. Everyone went home (…) Then we had to go back and finish the last two weeks of shooting. Just, it wasn’t strange since we were in England on the tour of France, India and a little bit from Thailand, And this is where the interior designer works And production is magic because we don’t realize it at all. “

Trailer for the series in French:

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