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He was already the master of the spy thriller but John le Carré’s reputation was relaunched for a new generation by the BBC’s adaptation of The Night Manager – not least thanks to Tom Hiddleston’s magnetic sex appeal and a feast of spectacular exotic locations.
Now the same programmemakers have turned to another classic le Carré novel, and again we can look forward to an epic drama featuring a devastating leading man. The compelling setting is the conflict between Israel’s agents and Palestinian terrorists played out across Europe and the Middle East in the late Seventies.
On the hunt for a seemingly uncatchable bomb plotter, Mossad turns to young British actress Charlie (Florence Pugh) to play the role of a lifetime and snare their quarry. Suddenly she finds herself in a world in which no one can be trusted – not even the mysterious Joseph (Alexander Skarsgård), who sweeps her o her feet.
While female viewers will be admiring Skarsgård, the autumn’s must-see drama also marks the arrival of a brilliant new British star with Pugh unforgettable in her breakthrough role.
DRAMA With the third season premiering in January, here is a chance to see the first two runs of the crime anthology. The first stars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey (above) as cops pursuing a serial killer, and the second features Colin Farrell as a detective looking into the murder of a politician.