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The Little Drummer Girl

Wednesday 8.30pm

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Based on John le Carré’s best-selling literary masterpiece of the same name, The Little Drummer Girl is a passionate love story and a deeply immersive thriller. As audacious now as when the book was first published, it portrays a world in which the lines between hero and villain, and between love and hate, are dangerously in flux.   The six-part miniseries stars Emmy® and Golden Globe®Award winner Alexander Skarsgård (Big Little Lies) as Becker, twice Academy Award-nominated Michael Shannon (The Shape of Water) as Kurtz and BAFTA-nominated Florence Pugh (Lady Macbeth) as Charlie.   

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ABOUT THE SHOW

Set in the late 1970s, the pulsating thriller follows Charlie (Pugh), a young, fiery but unfulfilled British actress and idealist whose resolve is tested after she meets the mysterious Becker (Skarsgård,) while on holiday in Greece. It quickly becomes apparent that his intentions are not what they seem, and her encounter with him entangles her in a complex plot devised by the spy mastermind Kurtz (Shannon).

Charlie takes on the role of a lifetime as a double agent in the ‘Theatre of the Real’, but despite her natural mastery of the task at hand, she increasingly finds herself inexorably drawn into a dangerous world of duplicity and compromised humanity. Blurring the fine lines between love and hate; truth and fiction; and right and wrong; The Little Drummer Girl weaves a suspenseful and explosive story of espionage and high-stakes international intrigue. 

This layered and complex international thriller, from the executive producers of Golden Globe® and Emmy® award-winning series The Night Manager also marks the television debut of visionary filmmaker, Park Chan-wook (Oldboy, The Handmaiden). The award-winning director helms all six episodes of this landmark drama, based on John le Carré’s exhilarating and deeply human masterpiece. The Little Drummer Girl was filmed at locations across the globe, including the streets of London and Prague and architectural phenomena such as the Parthenon on the Athenian Acropolis and the Temple of Poseidon on Greece’s Attica Peninsula.

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Episode 5, Series 1

Monday December 17 at 9:35pm

Episode 5 | Series 1

Charlie joins a group of trainee revolutionaries in Lebanon. Now deep undercover, no one can save Charlie if her true identity is exposed. She works to earn the trust of Fatmeh, Khalil…

Episode 6, Series 1

Wednesday December 19 at 8:30pm

Episode 6 | Series 1

Charlie prepares for her part in Khalil's next strike. But is she still playing a role, or has she switched to the other side?

Episode 6, Series 1

Sunday December 23 at 7:25pm

Episode 6 | Series 1

Charlie prepares for her part in Khalil's next strike. But is she still playing a role, or has she switched to the other side?

Episode 6, Series 1

Monday December 24 at 9:35pm

Episode 6 | Series 1

Charlie prepares for her part in Khalil's next strike. But is she still playing a role, or has she switched to the other side?

Episode 1, Series 1

Monday December 31 at 4:10pm

Episode 1 | Series 1

Charlie, a fiery young actress meets a mysterious stranger in Greece and he draws her into a high-stakes international espionage operation, whilst intelligence officer Kurtz tracks…

Episode 2, Series 1

Monday December 31 at 5:15pm

Episode 2 | Series 1

Charlie is recruited by Kurtz with the promise of the role of a lifetime to infiltrate a dangerous revolutionary cell. She and Becker pose as lovers to create her legend, and the line…

Episode 3, Series 1

Monday December 31 at 6:20pm

Episode 3 | Series 1

Alone and undercover, Charlie drives a car laden with explosives to a drop-off in Austria. Meanwhile Kurtz's team interrogate their prisoner in a race against time to get details of…

Episode 4, Series 1

Monday December 31 at 7:25pm

Episode 4 | Series 1

Charlie awaits contact from Michel's network back in England, but will her performance hold up under pressure? Charlie and Becker realise that this may be their last moment together…

Episode 5, Series 1

Monday December 31 at 8:30pm

Episode 5 | Series 1

Charlie joins a group of trainee revolutionaries in Lebanon. Now deep undercover, no one can save Charlie if her true identity is exposed. She works to earn the trust of Fatmeh, Khalil…

Episode 6, Series 1

Monday December 31 at 9:35pm

Episode 6 | Series 1

Charlie prepares for her part in Khalil's next strike. But is she still playing a role, or has she switched to the other side?

Episode 1, Series 1

Sunday January 6 at 1:00pm

Episode 1 | Series 1

Charlie, a fiery young actress meets a mysterious stranger in Greece and he draws her into a high-stakes international espionage operation, whilst intelligence officer Kurtz tracks…

Episode 2, Series 1

Sunday January 6 at 2:05pm

Episode 2 | Series 1

Charlie is recruited by Kurtz with the promise of the role of a lifetime to infiltrate a dangerous revolutionary cell. She and Becker pose as lovers to create her legend, and the line…

Episode 3, Series 1

Sunday January 6 at 3:10pm

Episode 3 | Series 1

Alone and undercover, Charlie drives a car laden with explosives to a drop-off in Austria. Meanwhile Kurtz's team interrogate their prisoner in a race against time to get details of…

Episode 4, Series 1

Sunday January 6 at 4:15pm

Episode 4 | Series 1

Charlie awaits contact from Michel's network back in England, but will her performance hold up under pressure? Charlie and Becker realise that this may be their last moment together…

Episode 5, Series 1

Sunday January 6 at 5:20pm

Episode 5 | Series 1

Charlie joins a group of trainee revolutionaries in Lebanon. Now deep undercover, no one can save Charlie if her true identity is exposed. She works to earn the trust of Fatmeh, Khalil…

Episode 6, Series 1

Sunday January 6 at 6:25pm

Episode 6 | Series 1

Charlie prepares for her part in Khalil's next strike. But is she still playing a role, or has she switched to the other side?

Episode 1, Series 1

Sunday January 6 at 11:35pm

Episode 1 | Series 1

Charlie, a fiery young actress meets a mysterious stranger in Greece and he draws her into a high-stakes international espionage operation, whilst intelligence officer Kurtz tracks…

Episode 2, Series 1

Monday January 7 at 12:30am

Episode 2 | Series 1

Charlie is recruited by Kurtz with the promise of the role of a lifetime to infiltrate a dangerous revolutionary cell. She and Becker pose as lovers to create her legend, and the line…

Episode 3, Series 1

Monday January 7 at 1:30am

Episode 3 | Series 1

Alone and undercover, Charlie drives a car laden with explosives to a drop-off in Austria. Meanwhile Kurtz's team interrogate their prisoner in a race against time to get details of…

Episode 4, Series 1

Monday January 7 at 2:30am

Episode 4 | Series 1

Charlie awaits contact from Michel's network back in England, but will her performance hold up under pressure? Charlie and Becker realise that this may be their last moment together…

Episode 5, Series 1

Monday January 7 at 3:30am

Episode 5 | Series 1

Charlie joins a group of trainee revolutionaries in Lebanon. Now deep undercover, no one can save Charlie if her true identity is exposed. She works to earn the trust of Fatmeh, Khalil…

Episode 6, Series 1

Monday January 7 at 4:30am

Episode 6 | Series 1

Charlie prepares for her part in Khalil's next strike. But is she still playing a role, or has she switched to the other side?

Episode 1, Series 1

Sunday January 13 at 10:40pm

Episode 1 | Series 1

Charlie, a fiery young actress meets a mysterious stranger in Greece and he draws her into a high-stakes international espionage operation, whilst intelligence officer Kurtz tracks…

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