The Night Manager


The Night Manager Information

The Night Manager is a British television serial directed by Susanne Bier and starring Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie, Olivia Colman, David Harewood, Tom Hollander and Elizabeth Debicki. It is based on the 1993 novel of the same name by John le Carr and adapted by David Farr to the present day. The six-part serial began broadcasting on BBC One on 21 February 2016. In the United States, it began on 19 April 2016 on AMC. IMG sold the serial internationally to over 180 countries.

Plot

Luxury hotel night manager, and former British soldier, Jonathan Pine (Tom Hiddleston) is recruited by Angela Burr (Olivia Colman), an intelligence operative. He is tasked to navigate Whitehall and Washington, D.C. where there is an alliance between the intelligence community and the secret arms trade. He must infiltrate the inner circle of arms dealer Richard Onslow Roper (Hugh Laurie), Roper's girlfriend Jed (Elizabeth Debicki), and associate Corkoran (Tom Hollander).

Cast

Main cast
  • Tom Hiddleston as Jonathan Pine
  • Hugh Laurie as Richard Onslow Roper
  • Olivia Colman as Angela Burr
  • Tom Hollander as Major "Corky" Lance Corkoran
  • Elizabeth Debicki as Jed Marshall
  • Alistair Petrie as Sandy, Lord Langbourne
  • Natasha Little as Caroline, Lady Langbourne
  • Douglas Hodge as Rex Mayhew
  • David Harewood as Joel Steadman
  • Tobias Menzies as Geoffrey Dromgoole
  • Antonio de la Torre as Juan Apostol
  • Adeel Akhtar as Rob Singhal
  • Michael Nardone as Frisky
Guest and recurring cast
  • David Avery as Freddie Hamid
  • Amir El-Masry as Youssuf
  • Aure Atika as Sophie (Samira) Alekan
  • Nasser Memarzia as Omar Barghati
  • Russell Tovey as Simon Ogilvey
  • Neil Morrissey as Harry Palfrey
  • Katherine Kelly as Pamela, the Permanent Secretary
  • Bijan Daneshmand as Kouyami
  • Hannah Steele as Marilyn


Production

In January 2015 it was announced that the serial would be co-produced by the BBC, AMC and The Ink Factory.

Filming began on 19 March 2015 in Zermatt, Switzerland. Production then moved to London, UK. From 13-17 April 2015, location filming took place at Blackpool Mill Cottage, Hartland Abbey, and in and around Hartland, Devon. On 20 April 2015, production moved to Marrakesh, Morocco. The Es Saadi Resort was used as the location for the fictional Nefertiti Hotel in Cairo. At the end of May, production moved to Mallorca, Spain; principal photography wrapped in Mallorca on 3 July 2015.

The author John le Carr made an appearance in Episode 4.

Broadcast

Episode 1 of The Night Manager was broadcast on 21 February 2016 on BBC One in the United Kingdom. AMC Spain broadcast the first episode on 24 February 2016. TV3 in New Zealand broadcast the first episode on 28 February 2016. In the United States, the show premiered on 19 April 2016 on AMC. The serial was scheduled to air in Australia on BBC First on 20 March 2016. The serial aired in Saudi Arabia on AMC starting on 6 June 2016. In Finland the serial premiered 22 June 2016 on MTV3. In Sweden the serial first aired on 22 August 2016 on TV4, split up into eight episodes. In Germany the serial started airing on 29 August 2016 on ZDF and on Raidi Teilifs ireann in Ireland.

Episodes

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Critical reception

The series received widespread critical acclaim, with The Sun calling it "one of the greatest series of all time".

Adam Sisman, le Carr's biographer, wrote in UK daily newspaper The Daily Telegraph, "It is more than 20 years since the novel was published, and in that time two film companies have tried and failed to adapt it, concluding that it was impossible to compress into two hours. But this six-hour television adaptation is long enough to give the novel its due." He added, "And though Hugh Laurie may seem a surprising choice to play 'the worst man in the world', he dominates the screen as a horribly convincing villain. Alert viewers may spot a familiar face in the background of one scene, in a restaurant: John le Carr himself makes a cameo, as he did in the films of A Most Wanted Man and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. But he is on screen only for an instant: blink and you'll miss him."

Reviewing Episode 1 for The Guardian, Archie Bland began by noting, "The Night Manager is as sexed up as television drama comes. In Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie it has bona fide international stars; in John le Carr's source novel it has a pedigree of untouchable grandeur. The palette is as sumptuous as one of our hero Jonathan Pine's beautiful hotels." He added, "It's Laurie's vulpine performance that gives The Night Manager its force once the smell of money has worn off. But we barely see him for the first 40 minutes - a delayed gratification trick that's always worked like magic on me, ever since we spent the whole first episode of The West Wing waiting impatiently to meet Josiah Bartlet." Turning to Hiddleston's performance, Bland wrote, "And as the embodiment of the show's atmosphere of paralysed establishment glamour, Hiddleston is the business. When the noble beast beneath that accommodating English exterior begins to make itself known, I do find the righteous revenge he's intent on wreaking on Roper compelling."

IGN reviewer Jesse Schedeen gave the miniseries an 8.8 out of 10, saying "The Night Manager proves that television is the ideal format to bring le Carr's novels to life. This miniseries is tightly paced, suspenseful and boasts strong performances from the likes of Hiddleston, Laurie, Colman and Hollander. With any luck, this series will open the doors for more of le Carr's classic spy tales to make their way to the small screen."

Accolades

Year Ceremony Category Recipient(s) Result
2016 68th Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Limited Series The Night Manager
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie Tom Hiddleston
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie Hugh Laurie
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Olivia Colman
Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special Susanne Bier
Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special David Farr
68th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Outstanding Casting for a Limited Series, Movie, or Special Jina Jay
Outstanding Main Title Design Patrick Clair, Jeff Han, Paul Kim, and Raoul Marks
Outstanding Main Title Theme Music Victor Reyes
Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited Series, Movie, or Special
Outstanding Sound Editing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Special Adam Armitage, Howard Bargroff, Peter Melemendjian, Alex Sawyer, and Barnaby Smith
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Limited Series or Movie Howard Bargroff and Aitor Bernguer



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