The Night Man­ager

TV Plus (South Africa) - - 22 FEBRUARY -

Be­ing a ho­tel night man­ager is usu­ally a bor­ing job. One or two guests check in and that’s about all that hap­pens. But that’s not the case in new lim­ited-se­ries spy drama The Night Man­ager (2016). So what’s all the fuss about?

Firstly, it stars Hugh Lau­rie and Tom Hid­dle­ston. This is Hugh’s first ma­jor TV role since his pop­u­lar med­i­cal drama se­ries House (2004-2012) ended, while Tom’s been busy on the bigscreen in the Thor (2011-cur­rent) and Avengers (2012-cur­rent) movies as Norse god Loki. The eight-episode se­ries is based on the fa­mous 1993 spy novel of the same name by John le Carré. This isn’t his first novel to be turned into a TV show or movie ei­ther – there was Tin­ker Tai­lor Sol­dier Spy as a TV se­ries in 1979 as well as the 2011 movie, plus A Most Wanted Man in 2014. Tom plays Jonathan Pine, a for­mer sol­dier who’s now the night man­ager at a ho­tel. Sim­ple role, right? Not re­ally – Jon’s been re­cruited to in­fil­trate the in­ner cir­cle of il­le­gal arms dealer Richard Roper, played by Hugh Lau­rie. You’ll also recog­nise David Hare­wood, who played FBI boss David Estes from 2011 to 2012 in Home­land (2011-cur­rent) and Tom Hol­lan­der, best known as Lord Cut­ler Beck­ett in Pi­rates Of The Caribbean Dead Man’s Chest (2006) and At World’s End (2007). While info about the show’s been kept un­der lock and key, Tom has hinted that we’re in for a wild ride. “I could not be more ex­cited. Jonathan is a thrilling prospect, a most mys­te­ri­ous and com­plex kind of Bri­tish hero.” Hugh adds, “I’m hon­oured to have the fron­test of front row seats. All the mov­ing parts are finely ma­chined – we [the ac­tors] just have to not mess it up.”

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