Little Birds: All you need to know about the fifties drama starring Juno Temple and Hugh Skinner

Anais Nin’s infamous collection of erotic short stories has inspired the new six-part NOW TV series starring Juno Temple and Hugh Skinner.

By Pippa Shawley Published: 02 March 2020 - 11.15am
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Little Birds is due to arrive on NOW TV in 2020

Set in 1955 in the famous ‘international zone’ of Tangier, Little Birds weaves stories of love and desire with personal drama and political intrigue. Juno Temple (Dirty John) and Hugh Skinner (Fleabag) will star in the six-part series, based on Anais Nin’s collection of erotic stories.

What is the series about?

Temple, above, stars as troubled American debutante, Lucy Savage, who is desperate to shake off the shackles of society to pursue the unconventional life she desires. She is engaged to Hugo Cavendish-Smyth (Skinner, below), an English aristocrat, who is often torn between his fiancée and his lover Adham Abaza, the most eligible man in Tangier.

In 1955, Tangier’s ‘international zone’ is one of the last outposts of colonial decadence, where heiress Lucy finds herself on the cusp of achieving a painful but necessary independence.

Hugh Skinner Dave J Hogan/Getty Images

Who is in the cast? 

An international cast joins Juno Temple and Hugh Skinner in the series. 

Raphael Acloque (Spiral) will appear as Adham Abaza, Hugo’s dashing and witty lover. 

Killing Eve’s Nina Sosanya plays glamourous actress Lili Von X, who encourages Lucy to live her life according to her own rules. Meanwhile, iconic Spanish actress Rossy de Palma (The Man Who Killed Don Quixote) is the charming Contessa Mandrax, the queen of Tangier society. 

Yumna Marwan (Tombé du ciel) plays Moroccan dominatrix Cherifa Lamour, whose journey is entwined in the personal and political, as she attempts to shape the world around her through her strength and resilience. Secretary Pierre Vaney (Blood on the Dock’s Jean-Marc Barr) is desperately in love with her. 

When is it available to watch? 

Filming commenced in Tarifa, Spain and Manchester last year. Little Birds is due to stream on NOW TV later in 2020. 

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