BBC announces adaptation of Le Carré's The Little Drummer Girl

BBC announces adaptation of Le Carré's The Little Drummer Girl

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Actress Florence Pugh (credit: BBC)

A new six-part mini-series based on John Le Carré's novel, ​The Little Drummer Girl ​is set to begin production in 2018. 

The series is a collaboration between BBC One, AMC and The Ink Factory, who previously worked together on 2016's award-winning spy drama, The Night Manager.

​​Set amidst rising tensions in the Middle East during the 1970s, the show will star Florence Pugh as a young brilliant actress named Charlie, who is preparing for her ultimate role.

Pugh won The Evening Standard Breakthrough of the Year Award in 2016 for her role as Katherine, in the critically acclaimed Lady Macbeth.

Making his TV debut, the series will be directed by Park Chan-wook, best known for his films Joint Security Area and The Vengeance Trilogy.

“The combination of director Park’s passion for this title and the huge screen presence of Florence Pugh will make for a real drama event,” said Controller of BBC drama, Piers Wenger.

Co-CEOs of The Ink Factory Simon and Stephen Cornwell said, “It is exhilarating to see one of Le Carré’s greatest novels take shape for the screen in the hands of such a brilliantly talented team.”

This is the latest adaptation of one of Le Carré’s novels, following the huge success of The Night Manager which was sold to over 180 countries and was nominated for 36 awards, winning 11.

Director Susanne Bier told Broadcast a script for series two of the hit show  "Is slowly being developed... we all very much want to do a season two but the thing we absolutely do not want is to do something that does not live up to the level of season one".

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