The Lit­tle Drummer Girl

FIVE BURN­ING QUES­TIONS as the spy thriller reaches its ex­plo­sive fi­nale…

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DRAMA BBC1 HD, 9pm Kurtz (Michael Shan­non) and Becker (Alexan­der Skars­gård) are con­cerned about Char­lie (Florence Pugh) and where her loy­al­ties now lie.

BBC1 SPY DRAMA The Lit­tle Drummer

Girl has had us gripped with the ex­ploits of Char­lie Ross (Florence Pugh), the Bri­tish ac­tress re­cruited by the Is­raeli in­tel­li­gence ser­vice to in­fil­trate a Pales­tinian ter­ror­ist cell.

The John le Carré adap­ta­tion has been ramp­ing up the ten­sion in re­cent episodes, and it comes to a nerve-rack­ing cli­max this week.

Af­ter com­ing face to face with no­to­ri­ous ter­ror­ist Khalil, Char­lie now finds herself at the cen­tre of a plot to plant a bomb at a Lon­don univer­sity, but is this the fi­nal act of her great­est per­for­mance, or has she joined the Pales­tinian cause for real?

We put our ques­tions to ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Si­mon Corn­well, who also hap­pens to be John le Carré’s son…

1 IWHERE DO CHAR­LIE’S LOY­AL­TIES

LIE?

‘The rea­son we’re not sure where Char­lie stands is be­cause Char­lie isn’t sure where she stands,’ says Corn­well. ‘She grew close to the Pales­tini­ans in Le­banon and was deeply af­fected by the bomb­ing of the refugee camps, so she’s strug­gling to get things straight in her mind.’

2 IHAS BECKER LOST FAITH IN THE MIS­SION?

‘Becker is be­com­ing torn,’ ex­plains Corn­well. ‘He wanted to work like a sur­geon rather than a

butcher, but the bod­ies are pil­ing up and Char­lie seems in more dan­ger than ever. Does he still have faith in Kurtz and the cause he’s fight­ing for?’

3 ICAN KURTZ AND BECKER TRUST COM­MAN­DER PIC­TON?

‘Pic­ton doesn’t have a lot of time for Israelis,’ says Si­mon, speak­ing about the Bri­tish in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cer played by Charles Dance. ‘Un­der­neath it all he’s a very ruth­less man who doesn’t like be­ing used. He knows what Kurtz and his team are up to and he has to swal­low it, even though he doesn’t like it.’

4 IHAS KURTZ UN­DER­ES­TI­MATED KHALIL?

‘Kurtz knows that

Khalil would en­joy see­ing a Bri­tish girl car­ry­ing out an at­tack on Bri­tish soil,’ says Corn­well. ‘But it’s pos­si­ble they’ve still un­der­es­ti­mated him. We know he’s in Bri­tain to plant a bomb, but what else is he up to?’

5 ICAN BECKER AND CHAR­LIE BE TO­GETHER?

‘They’ve fallen for each other,’ says Corn­well. ‘But there’s no know­ing how the oper­a­tion will go and they might never meet again. If they both sur­vive, they’d both have to make some big com­pro­mises if they were to have a fu­ture.’

CAN KURTZ TRUST PIC­TON?

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