The Little Drummer Girl
The Little Drummer Girl Episodes One and Two
Park Chan-wook’s stylistic mastery meets John le Carré’s espionage twists in this thrilling new series from the makers of The Night Manager.
Dir Park Chan-wook
Exec Prod Stephen Cornwell, Simon Cornwell, Joseph Tsai, Arthur Wang, Park Chan-wook, Wonjo Jeong, Michael Lesslie, John le Carré. Prod Laura Hastings-Smith
Scr Michael Lesslie, Claire Wilson
With Alexander Skarsgård, Michael Shannon, Florence Pugh
Charlie (Florence Pugh) is an actor working London pub theatres. She’s confident, forthright, a political lefty and a very good liar. When a mysterious patron whisks her drama troupe to Greece, she finds herself drawn to a stranger on the beach (Alexander Skarsgård). Meanwhile, Kurtz (Michael Shannon), the leader of an Israeli counter-terrorism unit, is working in West Germany to apprehend a cell of brothers who have murdered a diplomat and his family. As Charlie and Kurtz’s worlds grow closer together, she swiftly discovers that her survival depends on keeping her wits about her. Fans of director Park’s (The Handmaiden, Oldboy) flair for visual sophistication will be delighted by these first two episodes of his debut venture into long-form storytelling. Collaborating with production designer Maria Djurkovic (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy), Park creates a world of impeccable 1970s details: each watch, jacket and car is loaded with significance. Alongside daring framing and elegant use of colour, Park’s dark sense of humour is also a perfect match for John le Carré’s sophisticated form of espionage and intrigue, and in Pugh (Lady Macbeth) we have an actor who embodies the series’ qualities: sharp, sexy and wickedly intelligent.