First look at BBC’s new John Le Carré adaptation The Little Drummer Girl

After the success of the BBC's previous Le Carré story The Night Manager, Florence Pugh will play a holidaymaker pulled into an espionage adventure by spy Alexander Skarsgård

Alexander Skarsgård as Becker, Florence Pugh as Charlie Ross - The Little Drumer Girl _ Season 1, Episode 3  - Photo Credit: © 2018 The Little Drummer Girl Distribution Limited. All rights reserved.

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The BBC is hoping to follow up the success of The Night Manager with a new adaptation of John le Carré’s The Little Drummer – and now we’ve finally had a first look at the upcoming TV drama.

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First look images from the six-part BBC series offer a glimpse of Big Little Lies actor Alexander Skarsgård looking sinister in the sun as Israeli intelligence officer Becker.

Alexander Skarsgård as Becker in The Little Drumer Girl
Alexander Skarsgård as Becker in The Little Drummer Girl

Skarsgård stars alongside Florence Pugh (who plays young actress Charlie). Expect the two to cross paths when an unsuspecting Charlie strikes up an acquaintance with Becker while on holiday in Greece.

Florence Pugh as Charlie and Skarsgård as Becker
Florence Pugh as Charlie and Skarsgård as Becker

Their meeting sees Charlie soon entangled in a spy plot orchestrated by Spymaster Kurtz (a moustachioed Michael Shannon – see below).

Alexander Skarsgård as Becker, Michael Shannon as Kurtz
Alexander Skarsgård as Becker, Michael Shannon as Kurtz

The cast also includes Charles Dance (Game of Thrones), Max Irons (Tutankhamun), Simona Brown (The Night Manager), Michael Moshonov (The City and the City) and Katharina Schüttler (Generation War).

Simona Brown as Rachel, Michael Moshonov as Litvak, Michael Shannon as Kurtz
Simona Brown as Rachel, Michael Moshonov as Litvak, Michael Shannon as Kurtz

The drama, due to air on BBC this Autumn, is expected to follow the same tone as hit series The Night Manager, another Le Carré adaptation. While The Night Manager was brought into the 21st century for its TV adaptation, the team behind The Little Drummer Girl has opted to keep this story in its original late 70s period.

The series won’t be connected to The Night Manager, although a second series of the Tom Hiddleston project is currently in development.

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The Little Drummer Girl will air this Autumn on BBC1


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