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‘ The little Drummer Girl ‘

Discussion in 'off topic' started by Martyn Miles, Nov 18, 2018.

  1. Martyn Miles

    Martyn Miles pfm Member

    Has anyone noticed how many reel to reel tape decks are used in this BBC drama?
    Up to now I haven’t identified any of them...
  2. Gerard124

    Gerard124 pfm Member

    No, I only have eyes for Florence Pugh!
  3. SteveT

    SteveT pfm Member

    I have just finished reading the book but as far as I can remember they make very little mention of them in it. Looking forward to watching it on TV and seeing how it compares to the book.
  4. TheDecameron

    TheDecameron Unicorns fart glitter.

    She’s very very good in this. Reminds me of a young Diana Rigg.
  5. MikeMA

    MikeMA pfm Member

    So, R to R and Florence Pugh aside, is this worth watching? His later books are not his best imho. I guess I'm still stuck in the Cold War.
  6. Joe Hutch

    Joe Hutch Mate of the bloke

    I watched the first episode and gave up on it. Mrs H watched the second episode as well, then gave up on it. It seemed very slow-moving.
  7. Nero


    Spot on. I knew there was something.
  8. Mike Reed

    Mike Reed pfm Member

    My wife gave up on it but I've stuck with it, if only to know who are the baddies and who are the goodies. With the lead man being a Palestinian, it took me ages to work out that he's with the Israelis (I think). It's slow, convoluted, confusing, lacking some credibility and jumps around a lot but otherwise okay !

    Some really nice R2Rs there; NABs and 7" reels and a different model each time, it seems.
  9. TheDecameron

    TheDecameron Unicorns fart glitter.

    Yes, it’s beautifully done. The first episode with the jaunt to the Greek Islands reminded me of my own time as a student, it felt very authentic. The characterisations are very rich- I even wondered if old le Carré had had a dalliance with a young actor in real life. Also the absence of technology and instead the reliance on human espionage- that’ll probably be striking to a younger audience.
  10. Martyn Miles

    Martyn Miles pfm Member

    Don’t you mean young actress ?
  11. TheDecameron

    TheDecameron Unicorns fart glitter.

    [The word actor refers to a person who acts regardless of gender, while actress refers specifically to a female person who acts; therefore a female can be referred to by either term. The Oxford English Dictionary states that originally "actor" was used for both sexes].
  12. Joe Hutch

    Joe Hutch Mate of the bloke

    What, like Shakespeare must have murdered a few kings, smothered his wife, gone mad and given away all his possessions so as to able to provide such rich characterisations of Macbeth, Hamlet, Othello and King Lear?
  13. madmike

    madmike I feel much better now, I really do...

    I like the use of colour in the production, everyone wears strong colours which set the drama off against the grey background. The background music is good too...
  14. TheDecameron

    TheDecameron Unicorns fart glitter.

    Did he ever take the hump?
  15. Dozey

    Dozey Air guitar member

    I just don't get why the female character wants to be involved. Surely in real life she would just tell them all to piss off.
  16. Bob McC

    Bob McC Living the life of Riley

    I binge watched the lot of it, hoping it would prove worthwhile.
    It wasn’t.
  17. Martyn Miles

    Martyn Miles pfm Member

    Thank you.
  18. Barrymagrec

    Barrymagrec pfm Member

    No but he bought a Camel Hair coat.
    TheDecameron likes this.
  19. cooky1257

    cooky1257 pfm Member

    I gave up on it-dreadfully naff and totally unconvincing acting from Ms Pugh totally miss-cast.Great book terrible adaptation.
  20. Mike Reed

    Mike Reed pfm Member

    Luckily I've not read the book; always spoils things. :)
    cooky1257 likes this.

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