Sometimes we watch TV to switch off our brains, and other times we’re after some suspense to get the heart rate up.
If you’re after the latter, you should probably check out Bodyguard, a pretty high-octane series.
Once that is ticked off, and you’re after more British drama, you might want to move onto The Little Drummer Girl, a six-part series that the Daily Beast says “brims with style and intrigue—and ranks among the best espionage TV dramas in recent memory”.
Before we watch the trailer, let’s get the basics down:
Florence Pugh acts as the series’ glue in the complex role of Charlie Ross, a spunky young thespian prone to flirtation with things that intrigue her—difficult acting roles, mysterious men, radical lefty politics. When we meet Charlie, she’s the star of an experimental theater [sic] production in Britain in which she plays the principal, Joan of Arc.
But soon enough, Charlie will be recruited to serve as a different kind of martyr—a seductress coached by the Zionists to infiltrate a community of Palestinian insurgents.
Given that they also describe The Little Drummer Girl as “the most stylish spy series of the year”, it had better deliver the goods.
For now, there’s this trailer:
The series deals with some sensitive subject matter (the kind that has caused much drama at a Cape Town high school, for example), so it’s a bit of a tightrope-walking act:
The narrative may be built around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but the series is careful about not taking sides, a tactful choice for a world in which hostility and violence between the groups continues to broil every day. Instead, the series manifests its morality through questions surrounding individual death. Do murderers deserve to die without trial? Do their families? Does saving many lives justify the sacrifice of several?
Sounds like it will be worth a watch. It is currently being aired in the US, and will be aired shortly in the UK.
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