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Your first look at the TV adaptation of The Little Drummer Girl

John le Carré’s suspense-filled drama The Little Drummer Girl hits TV screens later this year. Here's your first look at the production that includes industry heavyweights Alexander Skarsgård and Michael Shannon. 

Everything you need to know:

1. Rising star Florence Pugh (King Lear, Lady Macbeth) will be joining Big Little Lies star Alexander Skarsgård in a stellar cast including Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon and Game of Thrones star Charles Dance.

2. The six-part series is a TV debut for acclaimed director Park Chan-wook, best-known for his multi-award-winning films Oldboy, Thirst and most recently, The Handmaiden. He has praised Skarsgård’s casting: ‘To play an enigmatic man who hides his true feelings inside, I couldn’t think of a more fitting actor’.

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3. The production is from the team behind The Night Manager and we should expect more sun, suspense, deception and danger in this adaptation, based on le Carré’s 1983 novel.

4. Pugh stars as young actress Charlie who finds herself involved with an intriguing stranger while holidaying in Greece in the 1970s. It soon becomes apparent that his intentions are far from romantic and she ends up embroiled in a high-stakes plot – orchestrated by spymaster Kurtz (Michael Shannon).

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5. While no official date has been set for the launch of the series, it will be on AMC in the US and BBC One in the UK this autumn.

6. The Little Drummer Girl will be available in Penguin Modern Classics from this September.

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The Little Drummer Girl

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'Wonderful' The New York Times

Charlie, a jobbing young English actress, is accustomed to playing different roles. But when the mysterious, battle-scarred Joseph recruits her into the Israeli secret services, she enters the dangerous 'theatre of the real'. As she acts out her part in an intricate, high-stakes plot to trap and kill a Palestinian terrorist, it threatens to consume her.

Set in the tragic arena of the Middle East conflict, this compelling story of love and torn loyalties plays out against the backdrop of an unwinnable war.

'The Little Drummer Girl is about spies as Madame Bovary is about adultery or Crime and Punishment about crime' The New York Times

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