‘Little Birds’ first look: New 1950s drama series gets trailer and start date

Sky has released a trailer for its new TV adaptation of Anais Nin’s Little Birds.

The “playful and intensely evocative” period drama series is based on Nin’s infamous collection of erotic short stories.

Set in Tangier in northwestern Morocco in 1955, Little Birds stars English actress Juno Temple (Atonement, Maleficent) as troubled American debutante Lucy Savage.

The six 60-minute episodes began filming in Spring 2019 in Spain and Manchester.

Little Birds will premiere in the UK on Tuesday 4th August on Sky Atlantic and on demand on NOW TV.

The story is set in Tangier’s famous ‘international zone’ – described as “one of the last outposts of colonial decadence.”

The official synopsis reads: “We arrive there with New York heiress Lucy Savage (Juno Temple) fresh off the transatlantic steamer and ready for love and marriage in exotic climes. But when her husband Hugo (Hugh Skinner) does not receive her in the way she expected, she spins off into the surprising, diverse and degenerate world of Tangier in 1955.

“Period drama about an ingénue abroad this is not. Instead, Little Birds is very modern tale of a woman losing and then finding herself down a mesmerising rabbithole.

“What Lucy discovers is a world in flux, a country quivering on the cusp of independence, populated by a myriad of characters including a provocative dominatrix, Cherifa Lamor (Yumna Marwan) who particularly captures Lucy’s imagination.”

Watch the trailer:


The cast also includes Yumna Marwan (One of These Days), Raphael Acloque (24: Legacy), Hugh Skinner (W1A), Rossy De Palma (Broken Embraces), Nina Sosanya (Marcella), Jean-Marc Barr (The Cellar), David Costabile (Billions), Amy Landecker (Doctor Strange), and Matt Lauria (Traitors).

Little Birds is written by Sophia Al-Maria (The Girl Who Fell to Earth), and directed by Stacie Passon (House of Cards).

Sky has described the series as “a bold and subversive re-invention of melodrama for our times”, promising that “Little Birds takes the audience and all our characters on a witty, moving and provocative journey towards freedom and independence.”

A broadcaster in the US has not yet been announced.

Anais Nin’s book Little Birds is available on Amazon.