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Gary Oldman had ‘free rein’ in spy thriller ‘Slow Horses’ — now back for Season 3

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In Apple TV+’s Slow Horses, Gary Oldman plays Jackson Lamb, the slovenly, brilliant spy who’s in charge of a group of failed British spies. The series is based on Mick Herron’s Slough House novels. Herron says Lamb might not have “a heart of gold” but he does have “a moral code.”

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In Apple TV+’s Slow Horses, Gary Oldman plays Jackson Lamb, the slovenly, brilliant spy who’s in charge of a group of failed British spies. The series is based on Mick Herron’s Slough House novels. Herron says Lamb might not have “a heart of gold” but he does have “a moral code.”

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The hapless spies and their boorish leader are back.

The third season of the Apple TV+ drama Slow Horses, based on Mick Herron’s Slough House novels, debuts Nov. 29.

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Gary Oldman plays Jackson Lamb, the comically unpleasant leader of a gang of dejected British spies. He smokes and drinks on the job, needs a shower, eats junk and has flatulence issues which he seems to use strategically.

Lamb’s band of spooks became Slow Horses, as they’re called, after messing up their careers in a variety of mishaps, including botching a surveillance operation and leaving a top secret file on a train. They’ve messed up good and Lamb never lets them forget it.

“Working with you has been the lowest point in a disappointing career,” he tells them in a supposed pep talk.

“Despicable characters are more interesting to write about than kind, humane characters,” says Herron.

Lamb “has a lot of unpleasant habits, very poor personal hygiene and a tendency to be as rude as he possibly can to his subordinates,” Herron explains, “What we don’t know is how much of this he actually means.”

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Jackson Lamb (Gary Oldman), right, and MI5’s second in command Diana Taverner (Kristin Scott Thomas) are formidable adversaries who constantly try to outplay each other.

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Jackson Lamb (Gary Oldman), right, and MI5’s second in command Diana Taverner (Kristin Scott Thomas) are formidable adversaries who constantly try to outplay each other.

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Oldman is a ‘constant wonder’

Herron says Gary Oldman called him before they started shooting the first season which debuted in the spring of 2022.

“He wanted to talk about what I could tell him about Lamb that wasn’t in the books,” Herron recalls. “And the fact is … anything that’s not in the books hasn’t happened as far as I’m concerned. So Gary in many ways had free rein to add his own bits of history to the character.

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“He likes to know what a character has in his fridge. He likes to know where characters went to school and what sort of childhood they had. And I’ve never written about any of that sort of thing. But Gary thinks about it when he’s delivering his performance, and it’s all part of the perfectly rounded spectacle that he brings to the screen.”

Rosalind Eleazar and Christopher Chung play spies in Apple TV+’s Slow Horses.

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“He’s a constant wonder to me,” says Slow Horses writer and executive producer Will Smith of Gary Oldman.

Smith says Herron’s take on the spy genre is refreshing — and a natural for TV — because his characters are so believable.

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“People struggling with kind of relatable issues everyone goes through: divorce, grief, feeling they’re not in the right place in their careers. They hate their boss,” says Smith.

Critics have raved about Slow Horses. The first two seasons were so successful, Apple TV+ ordered two more.

‘Surrounded by losers, misfits and boozers’

Another high-profile fan of the books is Mick Jagger who co-wrote the theme song. “I really enjoyed creating the theme track for Slow Horses with Daniel Pemberton,” Jagger writes on Instagram. “I’ve read a lot of the books and was familiar with some of the more dark and unsavoury characters and knew the direction I wanted to take it…hope you enjoy it!”

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Mick Jagger is among the many fans of Mick Herron’s Slough House novels. The Rolling Stone’s singer co-wrote and performs the theme song for the Apple TV+ series.

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Season 3 is based on Real Tigers, Herron’s third novel in the Slough House series. The villains are different but Lamb and his spies are still very much the underdogs.

“Fiction is full of heroes,” says Herron. “I’m not averse to adding to their number but with Lamb, I’m more interested in his failings than I am in his virtues.”

Lamb isn’t all bluster. Herron adds that he might not have “a heart of gold” but he “does have a moral code.”

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“Fiction is full of heroes,” says Herron. “I’m not averse to adding to their number but with Lamb, I’m more interested in his failings than I am in his virtues.”

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“Fiction is full of heroes,” says Herron. “I’m not averse to adding to their number but with Lamb, I’m more interested in his failings than I am in his virtues.”

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This story was edited for audio and digital by Rose Friedman.

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This oral history of the 'Village Voice' captures its creativity and rebelliousness

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Founded in 1955, the Village Voice stopped publishing print editions in in 2017.

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I met my husband while strategizing all night with a mutual friend over their lottery chance odds to get a book editor job at the Village Voice. Arguably every bit as life changing for me was the fact that after our friend somehow landed the job, they said, “Hey maybe you could write reviews for us?”

I was a graduate student in English, grinding out a theory-encrusted dissertation that even I didn’t want to read. Those very first book reviews I did for the Voice made me feel as though I’d been roused from suspended animation and ushered into a world of light and color, where people mouthed off and enthused without first running their language through an academic deflavorizing machine.

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The Freaks Came Out To Write: The Definitive History of the Village Voice, the Radical Paper That Changed American Culture, by Tricia Romano

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During its golden age from the 1960s through the 1980s, people, especially young people, all over the country discovered in the Village Voice oppositional takes on Main Street USA. The Voice “was the go-to place to find out what was happening in music, film, local politics, national politics, books, [and] … the art world,” as summed up by Jim Fouratt, a gay-rights activist and co-founder of the Youth International Party — the Yippies. He’s also one of the approximately 200 former Village Voice writers, staffers and editors who Tricia Romano interviews for her great oral history of the Voice called The Freaks Came Out To Write.

Romano started at the Voice as an intern and wound up writing columns on New York nightlife. It would take someone with an ingrained stamina for noise and chaos to interview this vast crew of Voice writers, readers, editors, photographers and artists, and to pull from older interviews with those who are no longer with us.

Among the assemblage are Greg Tate, Michael Musto, Vivian Gornick, Stanley Crouch, Robert Christgau, Joe Conason, Ellen Willis, Jack Newfield, Colson Whitehead, Ann Powers, Michael Tomasky, Jules Feiffer, Pete Hamill, Andrew Sarris, Karen Durbin, Wayne Barrett, James Wolcott, Thulani Davis and Norman Mailer, who was one of the people who founded the Voice in 1955.

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To her credit, Romano doesn’t just circle round the luminaries. By chronologically organizing short interview quotes around social moments like the second women’s movement and Stonewall, she keeps her narrative moving while sporadically highlighting crucial, but lesser-known figures.

One of those people is Mary Perot Nichols, a reporter and editor who started in 1958. Nichols took on the titanic New York City parks commissioner and urban planner Robert Moses. In a brief account here that packs the wallop of Watergate, Voice colleagues recall how the intrepid Nichols discovered Moses’ files buried in a storage area under Central Park — files that enabled Robert Caro to write his own exposés, as well as The Power Broker, his monumental biography of Moses.

Romano intersperses such journalistic triumphs with harsher estimations of, for instance, the “boys club” culture that dominated the Voice for decades. Because of the expletives she uses, I can’t fully quote feminist writer Laurie Stone’s condemnation of the sexism of colleagues like Mailer and Nat Hentoff, but she winds up calling them: “The kind of people who should never have existed, but since they have existed, we can only celebrate their disappearance.”

Anger and profanity suffused the Voice, while its legendary classifieds section worked in magical ways to change lives. In 1974 Max Weinberg answered a classified ad that read, in part: “Drummer (no jr. Ginger Bakers, must encompass R&B and jazz).” Some 50 years later, Weinberg is still the drummer for the Jersey rockers who placed that ad: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

The Freaks Came Out To Write captures the elements that made a great American newspaper and the forces that killed it: the internet, the loss of advertising revenue, corporate greed, a changed New York City. There’s still a monthly online version of the Voice, but as Romano says in her “Afterword” “The Voice … is missing its mirror, New York, in its role as the center of the political and cultural universe. The internet has dispersed the culture.”

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The Voice was the living center of the marginal, the weird, the rebellious. In the space and time of reading this wild ride of a book, I returned to that creative, crazy margin, and I think many other readers will, too.

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