The Little Drummer Girl: Season 1

The Little Drummer Girl: Season 1

The Little Drummer Girl: Season 1

Brilliant young actress Charlie strikes up an acquaintance with an intriguing stranger while on holiday in Greece, but it rapidly becomes apparent that his intentions are far from romantic.

2018Rating: 16UKBBC
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EPISODE 1.1

Episode 1

Charlie, a fiery and brilliant young actress, meets a mysterious stranger on the beach in Greece, and he draws her into an international espionage operation.

EPISODE 1.2

Episode 2

Charlie is recruited with the promise of the role of a lifetime to infiltrate a dangerous revolutionary cell. As a cover story, she and Becker must pose as lovers.

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Episode 3

Charlie drives a car laden with explosives to a drop-off in Austria, while Kurtz and Becker race to save her from a fatal mistake.

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Episode 4

In London, Kurtz's team prepare for the next stage of the operation as Charlie waits and wonders if Michel's people will make contact.

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Episode 5

Charlie joins a group of revolutionaries in Lebanon, with no one to save her if she is exposed as a spy. She works to earn the trust of Khalil and Michel's sister, Fatmeh.

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Episode 6

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?

The Little Drummer Girl: Season 1 / Reviews

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Perhaps the most glorious part of The Little Drummer Girl, amongst the breathtaking architectural shots of staircases and the Acropolis, is the sheer beauty of the cinematography.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

It's all brilliantly, beautifully done and the dialogue sounds as good as everything else looks. By the end of the hour you're more firmly recruited than Charlie is.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

The acclaimed Korean director makes a stunning TV debut with Alexander Skarsgard, Florence Pugh, and Michael Shannon's fabulous accent.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

The Little Drummer Girl is best admired from a polite distance without trying to think too hard about whether it makes sense or is worth all the time and effort. But goodness, the show is lovely to look at.

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News.com.au

News.com.au

A story steeped in mystery, betrayal and thrills against a tense political backdrop.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

"The Little Drummer Girl" by director Park Chan-wook is slow to build and relies too much on the nonexistent chemistry between characters - and shots of a braless Charlie in sheer dresses.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Park has fashioned an ending, presumably with Le Carré's approval, that's quite different in tone from the original, but moving and effective in its own right.

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Vulture

Vulture

Even at its best, it can feel theoretical and bloodless, less an international potboiler with life-and-death stakes than a series of propositions being carefully considered by the people staging them.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

It's a complex and meticulously plotted story, one that would be easy to turn into a muddled mess on the screen. But so far, Park Chan-wook's gripping, lively adaptation is proving more than up to the task.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

Writer Michael Lesslie succeeds at shrouding most of the plot in a veil of mystery, purposefully leaving out clarifying details and refusing to spoon-feed character names and historical context for the audience.

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IGN

IGN

Between Florence Pugh's mesmerizing, multifaceted performance and Park Chan-wook's keen directorial eye, the good far outweighs the bad here.

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The Times

The Times

For a thriller it was perhaps too light on thrills, but anyone berating the BBC for a lack of artistry or ambition should take a look at this and think again.

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