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Gary Oldman and on-screen rival Kristin Scott-Thomas enjoy a sensitive moment together

Keep your slow horses! Gary Oldman and on-screen rival Kristin Scott-Thomas enjoy a sensitive moment together

Bitter on-screen rivals they may be. But Gary Oldman seems happy to be enjoying a thorny moment with his Slow Horses nemesis, Kristin Scott Thomas.

The couple were spotted in Regent’s Park filming scenes for the hit TV spy thriller.

During a break in filming, Oldman, wearing his character’s trademark trademark, listened intently to 62-year-old Scott Thomas as they sat together in the sunshine.

But he’d soon let her and the crew down with an impromptu performance on the air drums.

In the drama, Oldman, 64, plays Jackson Lamb, the dour head of MI5’s Slough House branch, where failed agents set off to pursue disappointing careers.

The couple were spotted in Regent's Park while filming scenes for hit TV spy thriller Slow Horses

The couple were spotted in Regent’s Park while filming scenes for hit TV spy thriller Slow Horses

Oldman (right) soon let her and the crew down with an impromptu performance on the air drums

Oldman (right) soon let her and the crew down with an impromptu performance on the air drums

In the first series, he finds himself in a dangerous internal feud with the character of Scott Thomas – Deputy Chief Spymaster Diana Taverner – after he uncovers her secret operation to kidnap the nephew of a senior Pakistani intelligence officer.

The plan goes horribly wrong and Lamb feels the blame falling on himself.

Despite his seemingly nonchalant, joking approach to intelligence work, he proves he’s still a top agent – he threatens to expose Taverner to her own boss. The strained relationship is expected to continue if the plot of Mick Herron’s Slow Horses novel series stays true.

In Herron’s second book, Dead Lions, Lamb’s team is tasked with protecting a Russian oligarch that MI5 is trying to recruit. But the mission goes haywire when a Soviet-era spy named Dickie Bow is found dead on a bus, apparently of a heart attack.

Herron has hinted that Apple’s TV+ adaptation will have some surprises in store for fans of his books. In an interview with the Radio Times earlier that year, he described the first TV series as “very faithful to the plot of the original book”.

During a break in filming, Oldman (right), wearing his character's trademark trademark, listened intently to 62-year-old Scott Thomas (left) as they sat together in the sunshine

During a break in filming, Oldman (right), wearing his character’s trademark trademark, listened intently to 62-year-old Scott Thomas (left) as they sat together in the sunshine

But he added: “That’s probably less true in the next one for a variety of reasons. All major plot changes have been made either with my happy approval or sometimes at my suggestion.

“For me, the characters and the tone, which oscillates between comedy and sometimes tragedy, are important.”

Apple TV+ initially commissioned and bet on two series of Slow Horses to match the success of Herron’s novels.

Online viewer ratings appear to have justified the decision and series three and four have already been confirmed.

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Greg Norman

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