Open main menu

The Little Drummer Girl (miniseries)

The Little Drummer Girl is a British-American television series based on the novel of the same name by John le Carré and first aired on BBC One in the United Kingdom on 28 October 2018 and in the United States during November 2018.[1]

The Little Drummer Girl
Series title with an image of a suitcase in a doorway
Based onThe Little Drummer Girl
by John le Carré
Directed byPark Chan-wook
Music byJo Yeong-wook
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes6
Executive producer(s)
  • Stephen Cornwell
  • Simon Cornwell
  • Joseph Tsai
  • Park Chan-wook
  • Michael Lesslie
  • John le Carré
  • Arthur Wang
  • Wonjo Jeong
Producer(s)Laura Hastings-Smith
Production location(s)
  • London
  • Athens
  • Prague
CinematographyKim Woo-hyung
Editor(s)Lucia Zucchetti
Production company(s)
Original network
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatStereo
Original release28 October (2018-10-28) – 2 December 2018 (2018-12-02)



  • Michael Shannon[2] as Martin Kurtz[3], an Israeli spymaster working in a clandestine agency.[4]
  • Alexander Skarsgård[5] as Gadi Becker[3], a mysterious man whom Charlie encounters on holiday in Greece and becomes her holiday fling. He is then revealed as an Israeli intelligence officer.[4]
  • Florence Pugh[6] as Charmian "Charlie" Ross[7], a radical left-wing English actress in her early 20s who in 1979 is sucked into a story of espionage.[4]
  • Michael Moshonov as Litvak, a key Israeli member of Kurtz's team.[4]
  • Simona Brown as Rachel, a charismatic young operative working in Kurtz's team.[8]
  • Clare Holman as Miss Bach, an Englishwoman who is a key member of Kurtz's Munich team.[4]
  • Kate Sumpter as Rose.
  • Gennady Fleyscher as Schwilli.
  • Alessandro Piavani as Rossino, an Italian terrorist.
  • Amir Khoury as Michel, a Palestinian revolutionary and Khalil's youngest brother.[4]
  • Charles Dance as Commander Picton.
  • Lubna Azabal as Fatmeh, sister of Khalil and Michel. [4]
  • Max Irons as Al, Charlie's on and off boyfriend, a self-righteously political and big headed actor.[4]
  • Katharina Schüttler as Helga, a radical revolutionary who helps Michel recruit disillusioned European women into his network.[9]
  • Bethany Muir as Sophie.
  • Charif Ghattas as Khalil Al Khadar


No.TitleDirected by [10]Written byOriginal air date [11]US airdate [12]U.K. viewers
U.S. viewers
1"Episode 1"Park Chan-wookMichael Lesslie28 October 2018 (2018-10-28)19 November 20188.17[13]0.40[14]
2"Episode 2"Park Chan-wookMichael Lesslie4 November 2018 (2018-11-04)19 November 20185.82[13]0.40[14]
3"Episode 3"Park Chan-wookClaire Wilson[15]11 November 2018 (2018-11-11)20 November 2018N/A0.23[16]
4"Episode 4"Park Chan-wookMichael Lesslie18 November 2018 (2018-11-18)20 November 2018N/A0.23[16]
5"Episode 5"Park Chan-wookClaire Wilson25 November 2018 (2018-11-25)21 November 2018TBD0.30[17]
6"Episode 6"Park Chan-wookMichael Lesslie2 December 2018 (2018-12-02)21 November 2018TBD0.30[17]


The series holds an approval rating of 89% based on 62 critics, and an average score of 7.53/10 on Rotten Tomatoes. The critics' consensus reads "The Little Drummer Girl marches to a steady beat of assured plotting, extraordinary art direction, and a uniformly terrific cast that makes the show's smolderingly slow burn pace bearable."[18] On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 75 out of 100, signifying "generally favorable reviews".[19]


  1. ^ Petski, Denise (21 August 2018). "John le Carré's 'The Little Drummer Girl' Miniseries Gets November Premiere Date on AMC".
  2. ^ White, Peter (25 January 2018). "Michael Shannon To Star In 'The Little Drummer Girl' Miniseries For BBC/AMC".
  3. ^ a b "BBC – Production commences on The Little Drummer Girl – Media Centre". BBC.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "Meet the cast of The Little Drummer Girl". Radio Times.
  5. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (21 November 2017). "Alexander Skarsgard Joins 'The Little Drummer Girl' Opposite Florence Pugh".
  6. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (9 November 2017). "'The Night Manager' Team Reunites For 'The Little Drummer Girl'; Florence Pugh To Star, Park Chan-Wook Directing – Update".
  7. ^ "When is The Little Drummer Girl on TV?". Radio Times.
  8. ^ "Rachel". AMC.
  9. ^ "Helga". AMC.
  10. ^ "The Little Drummer Girl: Why Park Chan-wook is a strange yet perfect fit for the BBC's new John Le Carré thriller". Independent. 28 October 2018. Retrieved 28 October 2018.
  11. ^ "The Little Drummer Girl – Episodes Guide and Summaries". Next Episode. Retrieved 28 October 2018.
  12. ^ "The Little Drummer Girl – Listings". The Futon Critic. Retrieved 28 October 2018.
  13. ^ a b "Four-screen dashboard – BARB".
  14. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (20 November 2018). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Monday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 11.19.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  15. ^ "BBC One – The Little Drummer Girl, Series 1, Episode 3". BBC.
  16. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (21 November 2018). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Tuesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 11.20.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  17. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (26 November 2018). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Wednesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 11.21.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  18. ^ "The Little Drummer Girl: Miniseries – Rotten Tomatoes".
  19. ^

External linksEdit