The Little Drummer Girl: Miniseries (2018)

The Little Drummer Girl

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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.



Critic Ratings: 67


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User Ratings: 267

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Air date: Nov 19, 2018
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Tv Season Info

The drama series is based on the novel of the same name written by John le Carré and follows the life of Charlie, a young English actress who, in 1979, is recruited as a spy by Martin Kurtz, an Israeli intelligence agent, and given the mission to help in locating and killing Khalil, a Palestinian terrorist. In Series 1, Charlie finds herself used as a pawn in a big game of espionage, but ends up being a danger to all sides involved when she starts sympathizing with the people she's supposed to neutralize.


Florence Pugh
as Charlie
Michael Moshonov
as Shimon Litvak
Alexander Beyer
as Dr Paul Alexis
Simona Brown
as Rachel

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Critic Reviews for The Little Drummer Girl Miniseries

All Critics (67) | Top Critics (27)

All these psychosexual, world-building spy games take up the first half of the series, which I realized as I was scarfing it like popcorn reminded me of nothing so much as the first two seasons of Homeland. Don't run away!

Nov 19, 2018 | Full Review…
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What makes "The Little Drummer Girl" so good is the methodical pursuit of an answer.

Nov 19, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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It's another high-profile mini-series that rewards the patient, and further proof of its director's international importance.

Nov 17, 2018 | Full Review…

From start to finish, it's like a very expanded episode of Mission: Impossible. And I mean that as a compliment.

Nov 16, 2018 | Full Review…
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The acclaimed Korean director makes a stunning TV debut with Alexander Skarsgard, Florence Pugh, and Michael Shannon's fabulous accent.

Nov 15, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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Park's hand with suspense and impeccable interpretive work make for an impressive series. [Full Review in Spanish]

Mar 3, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A notable adaptation. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jan 16, 2019 | Full Review…

It may lack the instant hit and gratification of other high profile BBC offerings such as Bodyguard or, indeed, the global flash of The Night Manager - but The Little Drummer Girl has depth and intrigue in spades.

Dec 27, 2018 | Full Review…

The screenplay's philosophical approach, Park's hypnotic direction and the similar magnetism of Pugh and Shannon will ultimately drive you on, propelling you deeper into The Little Drummer Girl's beguiling world.

Dec 27, 2018 | Full Review…

The seventies-based spy story of intrigue and personal and political subterfuge in the Middle East has a lot of style and a lot of twists and a lot of turns.

Dec 17, 2018 | Full Review…

Although it has its moments, this six-episode series... just isn't as entertaining as it should be.

Dec 7, 2018 | Full Review…

Period rather than modern, stylised rather than naturalistic, lofty rather than gritty... this six-part John Le Carre adaptation may take the familiar premise of a group of agents trying to bring down a terror cell, but its execution is unique.

Dec 4, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Little Drummer Girl: Miniseries

  • May 03, 2019
    Other adaptations of Le Carre's work I just couldn't get into, but the characters in this one were so interesting that it worked for me. I don't mind a slow pace and intricacy so long as the characters intrigue me.
  • Mar 19, 2019
    Great costumes, great acting, suspenseful ! A must see!
  • Mar 16, 2019
    I love the genre and was excited to see this miniseries. It held my attention until the end but pace is definitely a bit of a downer. Great cast who lived up to their reputations.
  • Mar 01, 2019
    Stylishly morally ambiguous drama about terrorists and intelligence agencies.
  • Mar 01, 2019
    Great drama, absolutely loved the cinematography you can tell that Park Chan-Wook is involved from the moment it begins, it�����s stunning, first rate acting from Michael Shannon who is consistently wonderful in any role and Alexander Skarsgard is great as Becker. The story of course is fascinating and complex as with all le Carre�����s work and amazingly well told. The only issue for me was that I just didn�����t get the chemistry between Becker and Charlie, it just didn�����t feel real to me. Florence Pugh seemed slightly out of place and it was hard for me to have empathy for her character as she just didn�����t seem to have any. All, in all this series is definitely worth watching. It�����s probably the best adeptation of a le Carre novel ever.
  • Jan 27, 2019
    I read the novel, watched the series, reread the novel and then watched the series again. I was totally hooked every time and felt that the book helped to flesh out parts of the story that there was perhaps no time to film but that the series brought added colour to many of the events, locations and characters of the book. I was initially disappointed that the series did not end with Charlie’s breakdown in the theatre and Gadi’s reappearance in her life. On further reflection I felt that Alexander Skarsgård’s subtle performance, which conveyed very effectively - even more so than the novel - Gadi’s growing concern for Charlie and his increasing reservations regarding her role in Marty’s grand plan, his transformation from a cool agent to a warm human was epitomised in the understated ending.
  • Jan 23, 2019
    Adding to my earlier post ... thanks to Calum Marsh's excellent review below I apologize for not recognizing the extended show time of the brilliant BBC "Smiley's People" which was clearly brilliant with greatest respect to Alec Guinness!
  • Jan 02, 2019
    Great performance by Alexander Skarsgård and occasionally some amazing stuff, but overall the pacing just kills it. Far too slow, too little happens. What little does happen is dragged out for far too long. Sorry.
  • Dec 31, 2018
    So slow and boring. I’m a huge fan of Chan Wook Park but this series proved to me that he has a fascination with having older men be sexually attracted to barely pubescent girls (like the girl who dropped off the suitcase in beginning looked 15 and the guy is fixated on her sensually. It’s annoying if it has no point. I also thought the lead was too young too. I also felt like I was busy looking at props and set pieces more so than following the narrative. As if he wasn’t paying attention to the pace and narrative. I honestly can’t tell you who the main characters were after watching the first episode and why we were watching them. As a huge Night Manager fan, this was a big disappointment.
  • Dec 05, 2018
    good but could have been great if they made the initial 'seduction' of the heroine more believable

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