Spies, lies and naked truths
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