The words “The Night Manager” might not conjure up images of a sexy world of spy intrigue and subterfuge, but add Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laruie, and a John le Carre novel to the mix and it looks like we’re about to get a very cool spy series on TV this side of James Bond.
Reportedly produced to the tune of £20 million, The Night Manager is an updated adaptation of John le Carre’s 1993 espionage novel, The Night Manager. It follows the story of Jonathan Pine (Tom Hiddleston), the titular hotel night manager and former British soldier. He’s recruited by intelligence operative Angela Burr (Olivia Colman) and Pine has to infiltrate the world of businessman Richard Onslow Roper (Hugh Laurie – and, spoiler alert: The bad guy!).
But enough words – if a picture says a thousand words, here’s more than a minute of moving pictures:
The Night Manager is airing in Singapore a day after the UK, but months, months ahead of the US. Hurrah! But on a serious note, we all know why tonnes will be tuning in – purely for Tom Hiddleston. But that’s still a good thing: It’ll be amazing to watch him go toe-to-toe against the amazing Hugh Laurie as they play mind games. And why not? Even with the spectre of some not-so-good recent releases, the British spy is cool again. From Daniel Craig, and now, Tom Hiddlestone, who needs Jason Bourne? (And as another hurrah, Angela Burr was originally Leonard Burr in the book, so this is pretty cool.)
The first episode of The Night Manager airs Feb 22 on AMC (Singtel TV channel 322) at 10pm.