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The Little Drummer Girl

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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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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 1, Series 1

Monday August 26 at 8:30pm

The Little Drummer Girl

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 1, Series 1

Thursday August 29 at 10:20am

The Little Drummer Girl

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

Thursday August 29 at 11:20am

The Little Drummer Girl

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

Thursday August 29 at 12:20pm

The Little Drummer Girl

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

Thursday August 29 at 1:25pm

The Little Drummer Girl

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

Thursday August 29 at 2:30pm

The Little Drummer Girl

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

Thursday August 29 at 3:35pm

The Little Drummer Girl

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

Friday August 30 at 1:40am

The Little Drummer Girl

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

Friday August 30 at 2:40am

The Little Drummer Girl

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

Friday August 30 at 3:40am

The Little Drummer Girl

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

Friday August 30 at 4:40am

The Little Drummer Girl

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

Friday August 30 at 5:40am

The Little Drummer Girl

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

Friday August 30 at 6:40am

The Little Drummer Girl

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 2, Series 1

Monday September 2 at 8:30pm

The Little Drummer Girl

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 September 9 at 8:30pm

The Little Drummer Girl

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 1, Series 1

Wednesday September 11 at 10:10am

The Little Drummer Girl

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

Wednesday September 11 at 11:10am

The Little Drummer Girl

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

Wednesday September 11 at 12:10pm

The Little Drummer Girl

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

Wednesday September 11 at 1:10pm

The Little Drummer Girl

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

Wednesday September 11 at 2:15pm

The Little Drummer Girl

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 September 11 at 3:20pm

The Little Drummer Girl

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

Thursday September 12 at 2:10am

The Little Drummer Girl

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

Thursday September 12 at 3:10am

The Little Drummer Girl

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

Thursday September 12 at 4:10am

The Little Drummer Girl

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

Thursday September 12 at 5:10am

The Little Drummer Girl

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

Thursday September 12 at 6:15am

The Little Drummer Girl

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

Thursday September 12 at 7:15am

The Little Drummer Girl

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 4, Series 1

Monday September 16 at 8:30pm

The Little Drummer Girl

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…

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