Pick of the week
The Night Manager Sunday, 8.30pm, BBC First (117) John le Carre keeps producing bestsellers. His 1993 novel The Night Manager was translated into 20 languages and sold more than a million copies in the US alone. This $50 million-plus, six-part series is a contemporary adaptation of the story involving spies, crime, love and revenge. It starts with the night manager of a Cairo hotel, former British soldier Jonathan Pine (Tom Hiddleston), trying to calm guests as a protest rages outside. Freddie Hamid (David Avery) is head of a fabulously rich Egyptian family. His mistress, Sophie Alekan (Aure Atika), asks Pine to photocopy some documents, which turn out to be a list of lethal weapons — enough to start a war. Pine, of course, alerts the British embassy, which leaks to Hamid, who beats up Alekan. What gets me at this point is the lack of hotel security. Poor Pine seems to be flying solo. He plans to fly Alekan to safety in London but quickly learns that the Hamids and arms dealer Richard Roper (Hugh Laurie, above) have important friends in Whitehall who won’t do anything to upset the wealthy investors. This is not good news for Alekan. When Pine moves to the front desk of a swish hotel in the Swiss Alps, who should check in but Roper? Olivia Colman ( Broadchurch) pops up as intelligence operative Angela Burr, who recruits Pine to infiltrate Roper’s world. It also stars Australian actress Elizabeth Debicki (see page three).