BBC’s mini-series ‘The Little Drummer Girl’ refused permission to film in Sounion

Greece’s Central Archaeological Council on Wednesday refused a production company permission to film scenes from the BBC mini-series “The Little Drummer Girl” in the archaeological site in Sounion on April 12.

The decision was made by a slim margin and permission was denied for three reasons: the long duration of filming at a peak time for the site (in one day, from 7:00 until 19:00 hours), the very large number of people involved (with up to 120 ranged at various points to stop the flow of visitors, as necessary) and the heavy equipment that would be used, which would interfere with the operation of the site.

The production company had offered to reimburse visitors that decided to leave because of the film crew’s presence and also to inform the media and others affected. The same company was granted permission to film in the Acropolis but at night, when the site is closed to visitors.

Adapted from a spy novel by John le Carre, the BBC mini-series is directed by S. Korean film maker Park Chan-wook (Old Boy, The Handmaiden, Stoker), starring Alexander Skarsgard, Michael Shannon and Florence Pugh. According to a representative of the production company, Park Chan-wook personally wanted to film in Sounio.