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We’ve asked you if you want to read the many interviews collected about the upcoming Juno-series ‘Little Birds (Series)’. Despite the fact that most of these contain major spoilers, you were interested, so today they will be published one by one. First is an excerpt from The Daily Mail, with all the spoilers removed:

‘Little Birds’ is a period drama like no other (…) it focuses on a female beginning to understand her sexuality. (…) Loosely based on a collection of short stories by Anaïs Nin, the six-part series follows troubled American heiress Lucy Savage, who arrives in the febrile, bohemian Moroccan port of Tangier in 1955.

“In the grand scheme of Little Birds, she is the eyes, the ears, the nose and the tongue” says Juno Temple, the English actress who plays Lucy. “In episode one she arrives fresh off the boat to marry a young, handsome lord and hopefully start her own story. Tangier is this incredible mystery land for Lucy. Everything’s new and exciting to her. It’s like falling down a rabbit hole, and she has to try to be contained in a world in which it would be very easy to explode.”

‘There’s an Anaïs Nin quote we kept going back to – it was on the opening page of our scripts and it works for each character: “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” Everyone does blossom but their journeys are not always easy, and none of the characters blossom as you think they might. The show is about people learning to exist with who they are and free themselves from whatever kind of entrapment society has put them in.’

The character of Lucy is an amalgamation of several characters in Nin’s Little Birds collection (…).

“I first read Little Birds when I was 17 on a plane journey’ recalls Juno. ‘It was my introduction to this world. It really opened my eyes to a new way of writing and what real eroticism is. In a funny way, I think Lucy is on that same journey of discovery in this show. She has so many things going on inside her. It’s like a bubble bath where the bubbles keep coming up but she can’t let any of them out. She falls head first into this wondrous universe when she sees Cherifa (Yumna Marwan’s character) get up on a stage in a nightclub and act like she’s stronger than all the men in the room. It’s something Lucy learns from her.”

“Lucy starts off as this little bird of paradise who’s there to be looked at. By the end she has escaped her cage. The show is really about people getting to know themselves and be OK with it, even if they’re not who they necessarily thought they were or who they wanted to be.”


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