Five se­crets from the seté

The Lit­tle Drum­mer Girl

TV Times - - Entertainment - Sean Mar­land

Be­hind the scenes of the thrilling John le Carré adap­ta­tion...

Drama The Lit­tle Drum­mer Girl sun­day / bbc1 / 9.30Pm

Ex­plo­sion by num­bers

1 The dev­as­tat­ing ex­plo­sion in the open­ing of the first episode was not all it seemed. ‘The bomb­ing was filmed with help from a vis­ual-ef­fects com­pany,’ says se­ries pro­ducer Laura Hast­ings-smith. ‘To make it feel real, we filmed el­e­ments sep­a­rately – ex­plo­sions, glass shat­ter­ing, de­bris and smoke – then the VFX team put it all to­gether.’

Thanks, Prime Min­is­ter!

2 ‘Film­ing with a drone dur­ing a night shoot at the Acrop­o­lis in Athens was a first,’ says ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer si­mon corn­well, the son of au­thor

John le carré. ‘We were glad the Greek Prime min­is­ter gave us per­mis­sion.’

Michael’s method

3 Hol­ly­wood star michael shan­non, aka Is­raeli spy­mas­ter Kurtz, stayed in char­ac­ter be­tween takes. ‘He’s a con­sum­mate pro­fes­sional,’ says Laura. ‘When the cam­eras stopped rolling, michael took time to resur­face.’

Props from ebay

4 The team hunted high and low to find 1970s props. ‘We looked ev­ery­where for recorders and tele­phones,’ says pro­duc­tion de­signer maria Djurkovic. ‘some stuff was used on the 2011

[John le carré] film Tinker Tailor Sol­dier Spy and other things we found in vin­tage shops and ebay!’

In­spi­ra­tional sis­ter

5 Lead char­ac­ter char­lie (Florence Pugh) is based on John le carré’s sis­ter, ac­tress char­lotte corn­well. ‘char­lotte starred in [ITV drama] Rock

Fol­lies in the 1970s,’ says si­mon. ‘she was the start­ing point for the novel – al­though not the end point, I has­ten to add!’

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