Like many John le Carre spy yarns, “The Little Drummer Girl” (9 p.m., AMC, TV-14) involves acting and deception.
Who better to deliver a performance than an aspiring thespian?
While on a Greek holiday with her left-wing acting troupe, Charmian, or “Charlie” (Florence Pugh), meets Gadi (Alexander Skarsgard), a dark, handsome stranger who woos her with a private tour of the Acropolis.
Trying hard to maintain her composure, she sardonically wonders if any future lover will ever top his art of seduction.
Not to give too much away, but her mystery man is really recruiting her for an elaborate Israeli spy mission to track down a team of Palestinian terrorists who have brought their bombing campaign to Europe.
Gadi works for spymaster Kurtz (Michael Shannon, “Boardwalk Empire”), who also displays a certain flair for the theatrical.
Did I mention this is set in 1979? “Girl” makes the most of period hair, fashions and attitudes as well as Europe’s midcentury penchant for Brutalist architecture.
Nothing puts the cold in the Cold War like vast gray canyons of glass and concrete.
“Girl” lacks the consistently gorgeous settings and casting eye candy of “The Night Manager,” AMC’s earlier le Carre miniseries.
But it’s no less intriguing.
A four-hour series, “Girl” will unfold in two-part helpings tonight and tomorrow.
• Taped last month, “Julia Louis-Dreyfus: The Mark Twain Prize” (9 p.m., PBS, TV-14, check local listings) honors the actress for her long comedy career, which included her not-terribly-happy time on “Saturday Night Live.”
Like many comedy venues, that was very much a boys’ club.
Dreyfus’ character Elaine Benes was not even part of the original concept for “Seinfeld.” On that series and “Veep,” she has always stood out as a fearless physical comic, perfectly willing to upstage a crowd of very silly men.
• Speaking of comedy, “Conan” remains on hiatus until early 2019, when it returns with half-hour episodes.
Until then, fans of “Team Coco” will have to settle for a weekly podcast, launching today, that features Conan O’Brien interviewing some of his most popular celebrity guests.
• In streaming news, Acorn TV has revived the popular British comedy mystery series “Agatha Raisin.”
A first season starring Ashley Jensen aired on the Sky network in the United Kingdom in 2016.
It proved so popular on Acorn that the streaming service commissioned a second season. This may be the first time a U.K. show was “saved” by an American outlet. Jensen appeared with Ricky Gervais on HBO’s “Extras.”
• The top 13 artists perform live on “The Voice” (8 p.m., NBC, TV-PG).
• Questionable medical technology raises eyebrows on “The Resident” (8 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
• A winner emerges on “Dancing With the Stars” (8 p.m., ABC, TV-PG).
• With their continuing education in doubt, Lila and Elena embark on an adventure on “My Brilliant Friend” (9 p.m., HBO, TV-MA).
• Monica Lewinsky confides in a friend, who tapes their conversations and shares them with a shrewd political operator as “The Clinton Affair” (9 p.m., A&E) continues.
• The “Independent Lens” documentary “The Judge” (10:30 p.m., PBS, check local listings) profiles the first woman judge to be appointed to the Middle East’s Sharia courts.
• Ike Barinholtz appears on “Busy Tonight” (10 p.m., E!, TV-14).
Chorus girls (Joan Blondell and Glenda Farrell) look for sugar daddies in Cuba in the 1933 comedy “Havana Widows” (8 p.m., TCM). Warner Bros. teamed up the two blonde bombshells in a number of 1930s comedies, including “Kansas City Princess” (9:15 p.m., TCM) and “Miss Pacific Fleet” (10:30 p.m., TCM).
Marilu Henner guest-stars on “The Neighborhood” (8 p.m., CBS, TV-PG) ... Laurel steps up on “Arrow” (8 p.m., CW, TV-14).
The parents of a kidnapped girl need help on “Magnum P.I.” (9 p.m., CBS, TV-14) ... Hen reminisces on “9-1-1” (9 p.m., Fox, TV-14) ... The setting shifts to Tokyo circa 1951 on “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” (9 p.m., CW, TV-14).
An old flame pursues justice on “Bull” (10 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14) ... Strange bedfellows on “Manifest” (10 p.m., NBC, TV-14) ... Full disclosure on “The Good Doctor” (10 p.m., ABC, TV-14).
Millie Bobby Brown and Paul Simon are booked on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” (11:35 p.m., CBS) ... Jimmy Fallon welcomes Mahershala Ali, Chris Colfer and Michael Buble on “The Tonight Show” (11:35 p.m., NBC) ... Sarah Silverman, Jason Mantzoukas and Broods visit “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (12:35 a.m., NBC) ... Kurt Russell, Viggo Mortensen and Marc E. Bassy featuring G-Eazy appear on “The Late Late Show With James Corden” (12:35 a.m., CBS).