Sky Atlantic's Little Birds: Who's in the cast, what's it about and who inspired it?

LITTLE Birds is Sky's adventurous and star-studded drama about a queer love triangle set in the sweltering heat of Tangier.

The erotic drama is set in colonial Tangier in 1955 and tells the story of protagonist Lucy, and Tangier's own journey towards freedom.

What's it about?

Little Birds is an opulent and artistic series that uncovers desire in all forms.

Sky describes the show's premise: "We arrive 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."

Over the course of the six episodes Lucy realises she wants more out of life than to just be his blushing and wistful wife and so her quest for independence begins.

Lucy meets seductive courtesans and interesting characters who open her eyes to alternative ways of life.

What inspired it?

Little Birds is adapted from Anais Nin’s posthumous collection of erotic short stories.

Anais Nin lived an extraordinary life. She was a French-Cuban American essayist and novelist born in 1903.

Nin had relationships with other cultural icons like Henry Miller, Otto Frank and John Steinbeck.

Although Nin wrote essays and fiction, her most commercially successful books were her erotic fiction – especially Delta of Venus (1977) and Little Birds (1979).

Who stars in Little Birds?

English Actress Juno Temple, known for her roles in Dirty John and Maleficent plays protagonist Lucy Savage.

Fleabag star Hugh Skinner plays her bumbling fiancé, Hugo.

Killing Eve and Last Tango in Halifax’s Nina Sosanya also stars as entertainer Lili Von X.

Meanwhile, Hugo’s lover Adham Abaza is played by Raphael Acloque who has featured in Allied and The Danish Girl.

Other cast members include:

  • Yumna Marwan as Cherifa Lamour
  • Jean-Marc Barr as Secretary Pierre Vaney
  • Rossy De Palma as Contessa Mandrax
  • David Costabile as Grant Savage
  • Amy Landecker as Vanessa Savage
  • Matt Lauria as Bill
  • Kamel Labroudi
  • Fady Elsayed as Aziz
  • Alexander Albrecht as Frederic

Little Birds is available to watch on Sky and NOW TV from 4th August. 

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