The Little Drummer Girl DIVIDES viewers as some call the le Carré adaptation as ‘sexy and stylish’ as mega-hit The Night Manager – while others say it sent them to SLEEP
- BBC’s latest adaptation is from the team behind hit thriller The Night Manager
- Follows young actress Charlie as she meets mysterious man named Peter
- Some viewers were instantly hooked by the ‘gripping’ 1970s-set drama
- Others said the slow-burn first episode was ‘confusing’ and ‘dull’
The much-anticipated new John le Carré adaptation from the team behind The Night Manager has been met with mixed reviews from viewers, with some declaring themselves gripped by the espionage thriller – while others insist it put them to sleep.
The first episode of The Little Drummer Girl, which flits between Germany, London and Greece in 1979 and opened with a bomb going off in an Israeli diplomatic residence in Bonn, aired on Sunday night, and some Twitter critics were quick to praise the stellar cast and ‘cracking script’.
But others were disappointed by the slow-burn drama, with many tweeting to say they’d found it too confusing – or worse, dull – to watch.
The much-anticipated adaptation of John le Carré’s The Little Drummer Girl – from the same team behind the smash hit The Night Manager – has divided viewers who tuned in to watch the first episode on Sunday night
Fans on Twitter praised the ‘super cast’ and ‘cracking script’ following Sunday night’s debut episode – and said people moaning about being confused simply needed to stick with it
‘Absolutely brilliant hour of TV,’ one fan tweeted, singling out the performance of lead Florence Pugh, who plays a young British actress, Charlie, for praise.
‘Beautifully shot and an excellent opening episode that didn’t spoon feed,’ said another, while a third called it ‘pretty tense stuff’ and a ‘brilliant first episode’.
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Others took a different view, with many saying it failed to measure up to its smash hit predecessor The Night Manager – despite the presence of a leading man to rival Tom Hiddleston in the shape of Alexander Skarsgård, who put in a scene-stealing turn on the beach in a pair of skimpy swimming shorts.
But it wasn’t enough to keep all viewers interested.
‘There’s slow and intriguing – and then there’s just slow,’ said one cutting review on social media.
‘What a load of rubbish, I’ll pass on the other episodes,’ another underwhelmed viewer tweeted.
Some disappointed viewers said they’d try and persevere with future episodes, but others said they’d ‘pass’ – with one tweeting that ‘there’s slow and intriguing – and then there’s just slow’
Charlie and Peter enjoy a passionate kiss after their whirlwind romance but there’s something Peter is hiding and she is nervous to find out what it is
The story kicks off in Germany in 1979 when a bomb goes off in the diplomatic quarter of Bonn, with senior Israeli intelligence agent Martin Kurtz (Michael Shannon) flying in to investigate.
A series of similarly deadly attacks targeting prominent Jewish figures across Europe have been carried out in recent weeks, and Kurtz now believes there is a Palestinian revolutionary at the heart of this pattern.
Kurtz sets in motion a brilliant and elaborate plan to catch the kingpin, Khalil (Charif Ghattas), enlisting the help of passionate young actress Charlie, played by Pugh.
As a upcoming young actress she is treading the boards of pub theatres and struggling to land a breakthrough part, and drifts from one bad relationship to another, unable to find her purpose in life.
Alexander Skarsgård plays the mysterious Peter in The Little Drummer Girl, he appeared in the first episode on a beach wearing nothing but a pair of tiny blue swimming trunks
The Swedish leading man donned a James Bond style pair of swimming trunks to take a dip in the Greek sea
Aworking holiday soon becomes a journey of discovery when she encounters Peter on the beach and embarks on a whirlwind romance when he whisks her on a date to neighbouring Athens
After handing her a beautiful yellow dress and taking her to a night time visit of the Acropolis, they enjoyed a passionate kiss
When an anonymous benefactor sends Charlie and her theatre troupe on a rehearsal jaunt to Greece, she feels renewed vigour.
But a working holiday soon becomes a journey of discovery when she encounters Peter on the beach and embarks on a whirlwind romance when he whisks her on a date to neighbouring Athens.
After handing her a beautiful yellow dress and taking her to a night time visit of the Acropolis, they enjoy a passionate kiss.
The tangled threads of the stories weaved their way together until Charlie found herself at the centre of Kurtz’s international espionage operation, with Kurtz introducing himself
But he abruptly pulls away before driving them both away at speed arriving at a mystery meeting point.
It turns out Peter is part of Kurtz’s team, who are making inroads into the network responsible for the bombing in Germany that opened the episode.
Suddenly Charlie finds herself at the centre of Kurtz’s international espionage operation, with Kurtz introducing himself to the actress: ‘Welcome Charlie I am the producer, writer and director of our show and I would like to talk to you about your part.’
The Little Drummer Girl continues next Sunday on BBC One at 9pm
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