Spies, lies and naked truths

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television Free To Air - The Night Man­ager,

This Golden Globe and Emmy Award-win­ning se­ries, which first screened on Fox­tel’s BBC First chan­nel last year, has come to free-to-air.

The Night Man­ager was adapted from John le Carre’s 1993 novel of the same name by David Farr ( Spooks), and stars Tom Hid­dle­ston, Hugh Laurie, Olivia Col­man (cur­rently star­ring in the third and fi­nal se­ries of Broad­church on ABC) and Aus­tralian ac­tress El­iz­a­beth De­bicki.

I spoke to her last year just af­ter the Bri­tish pre­miere, and she had been lauded as “peer­less” by le Carre him­self. “Ac­tu­ally, I’m not go­ing to lie: it was a lovely feel­ing,” she told me.

De­bicki said she wanted to dig be­neath the ar­che­typ­i­cal char­ac­ters of the spy genre. “Jed [her char­ac­ter] is a re­ally messy per­son, su­per com­pli­cated and in­con­sis­tent, and I’m re­ally grate­ful for that back­story be­cause it meant in­stantly I had a re­al­ity that I could grasp as an ac­tor,” she said. The Night Man­ager

The Night Man­ager is the story of a ho­tel night man­ager and for­mer Bri­tish sol­dier Jonathan Pine (Hid­dle­ston) who is re­cruited by a gov­ern­ment agent, An­gela Burr (Col­man), to in­fil­trate the trusted in­ner cir­cle of a ruth­less arms dealer, Richard Roper (Laurie). De­bicki’s Jed is Roper’s girl­friend.

The six-episode se­ries was shot in Switzer­land, Lon­don, Mar­rakesh and Ma­jorca, among other lo­ca­tions. Keen eyes may spot a le Carre cameo (I could say which episode, but that would be cheat­ing). And un­less it has been cen­sored (un­likely; it is SBS af­ter all) you won’t need keen eyes to spot Hid­dle­ston’s naked bot­tom in scenes so steamy, fe­male au­di­ences could be heard squeal­ing in uni­son across the world when they first aired. To the de­light of fans, the BBC re­cently re­vealed it is work­ing on a sec­ond sea­son. Wed­nes­day, 8.30pm, SBS.

From left, Hugh Laurie, Tom Hid­dle­ston, El­iz­a­beth De­bicki, Olivia Col­man and Tom Hol­lan­der in

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.