February 18, 2016 at 12:51 pm #367693
John Le CarrÃ©’s famous work gets the small screen treatment with one hell of a cast.
The likes of Hugh Laurie, Tom Hiddleston and Olivia Colman star in the miniseries, which airs on BBC One in the UK from this Sunday (21st February), and will air on AMC in the US from 19th April 2016.
Here is a synopsis of the series:
Former British soldier Jonathan Pine (Tom Hiddleston) is recruited by Burr (Olivia Colman), an intelligence operative. He is tasked to navigate Whitehall and Washington, D.C. where there is an alliance between the intelligence community and the secret arms trade. He must infiltrate the inner circle of arms dealer Richard Onslow Roper (Hugh Laurie), Roper’s girlfriend Jed (Elizabeth Debicki), and associate Corcoran (Tom Hollander).February 18, 2016 at 12:55 pm #367695
Tim Robey, who is at Berlinale, has seen the first episode and tweeted this: Got to see a sneak of THE NIGHT MANAGER here at Berlinale (BBC, ep 1 of 6) and it’s *excellent*. Better than 90% of films here. Top Hiddles.
Hope it really is as good as he’s claiming!February 18, 2016 at 1:47 pm #367696
I am in for anything Hugh Laurie does, anything, that genius.February 18, 2016 at 5:00 pm #367697
I’m certainly in for this based on cast alone. Premise seems kind of familiar, but if done right could be fantastic.February 18, 2016 at 7:40 pm #367698
I have yet to be impressed by anything Laurie has done post-House.February 21, 2016 at 4:32 pm #367699
This premiered tonight in the UK, and I was very impressed.
The first episode really is a Tom Hiddlestone showcase. It’s practically his audition tape to be the next James Bond. Nevertheless, he is fantastic at balancing the suave, in control with the nerve wracked and intriguing sides to his persona.
Olivia Colman is, shock, also brilliant. She appears in the episode more as it progresses, and she doesn’t seem to have anything killer coming up, but even so she is just effortless to watch.
We didn’t get too much of Hugh Laurie, but he definitely got across that aura of someone you just would not trust.
Overall, a brilliant opening episode. I cannot wait til next Sunday now for two reasons – the second of which is the Oscars!February 28, 2016 at 7:08 am #367700
Just finished the first episode. I think it’s really bad probably the worst British tv show I’ve ever seen.February 28, 2016 at 11:34 am #367701
I that the last 15 minutes saved it for me, Laurie is made a very strong impression, but then, all of the three leads did. Can’t wait for more episodes.February 28, 2016 at 5:27 pm #367702
Second episode was even better, Laurie is terrific in this. Get ready to a Bafta sweep.April 28, 2016 at 9:44 am #1201822317
Bump. Now being shown in the US.
LOVED this show. Hiddlestone, Laurie, Colman, Hollander and Debicki are all fantastic and worthy of awards recognition.
The first episode isn’t the best, it’s more just a set up for the series. Every episode from then on gets higher in quality.
There is talk of a second series. I’m not sure how it would work given that this is based on one book by Le Carre, and the series doesn’t end half way through the book.April 28, 2016 at 9:54 am #1201822321
Yeah, the mistress in the first episode was the worst thing about it, but the second episode was MUCH better. I’m really enjoying it! Love the cast. Also love the scenery, too. Beautiful locations. I’m totally in.May 25, 2016 at 10:18 pm #1201841178
I’ve finished the series, and, I enjoyed it, but, it didn’t meet my high expectations.
Story-wise, it’s a slow go, as much of the series focuses on Pine as he gradually infiltrates the upper ranks of Roper’s organization. Now, I understand devoting a lot of time to this, as certainly such a thing couldn’t be believable if it happened overnight, and, this infiltration is the main point of the series after all. I guess maybe they could have done with some better side-plots to add some spice along the way, as there were at least a couple episodes where it felt like very little happened.
Hiddleston’s character (Pine/Birch/etc.) is so James Bond-ian, it’s really a bit much. Every female who meets him literally falls in love with him, and every male might as well be in love, with how charmed they are by him.
The strength of the series were the performances, the production/direction, and there were some good characters like Roper, Corky, and Angela. The weaknesses were the somewhat bland protagonist, and the writing which was slow at times, and at other times surprisingly cliched.
Laurie and Colman are worthy of nominations, though Colman would only have a chance in supporting.June 25, 2016 at 10:23 am #1201856697
A co-production with the BBC, espionage thriller The Night Manager is AMC’s third miniseries, after 2006’s Western Broken Trail and 2009’s The Prisoner remake.
Broken Trail competed at the 2007 Emmys, the year before Mad Men and Breaking Bad broke through for the network in the drama races. AMC had previously picked up Creative Arts nominations and wins for its first two scripted series, the half-hour dramedies The Lot (1996–1998) and Remember WENN (1998–2001); Broken Trail earned the network its first major Emmy nominations. It won Outstanding Miniseries, Lead Actor (Robert Duvall), Supporting Actor (Thomas Haden Church) and Casting from sixteen nominations and was second only to HBO movie Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee in both wins and nominations that year.
Reviews for ITV co-production The Prisoner were mixed (45 on Metacritic compared to 78 for Broken Trail), so perhaps goodwill for the network carried The Prisoner to its pair of Emmy nominations in 2010: actor (Ian McKellan) and cinematography. Given that it had been nominated in the combined best movie/miniseries race by the Producers Guild of America, The Prisoner must have been close to an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Miniseries, but there were only two slots in the category that year; there had been three when Broken Trail competed.
The Night Manager has better reviews than either (82 on Metacritic) and Outstanding Limited Series now has five nomination slots, yet the combined predictions of Gold Derby’s Experts, Editors and Users peg it as missing the nomination; it sits in seventh place with 9/4 odds.
The top race is not the only one that Gold Derby has The Night Manager on the cusp of a nomination. Olivia Colman ranks eighth for supporting actress with 12/5 odds. With safer 14/5 odds, Tom Hiddleston ranks fifth in the best lead actor race. Hiddleston and Colman are strangers to the Emmys, but have been successful on their home turf at the BAFTAs. Hiddleston was nominated for the 2011 Rising Star Award after a banner year with supporting performances in the films The Deep Blue Sea, Midnight in Paris, Thor and War Horse. Colman has become a BAFTA darling more recently. She was first nominated in 2012 as best comedy actress for Twenty Twelve. She won for the role the next year and simultaneously prevailed as best supporting actress for Accused. Colman won her third BAFTA in 2014 as best drama actress for Broadchurch, for which she was also nominated for an International Emmy. Her fifth nomination in 2015 was as best comedy actress for Rev.
Hugh Laurie is a proven Emmy favorite with seven nominations under his belt for starring in and producing House. He sits comfortably in second place with 8/15 odds for supporting actor, even though he faces internal competition from Tom Hollander, a five-time BAFTA nominee. Hollander has 9/1 odds and Elizabeth Debicki has even lowlier 16/1 odds in the supporting actress race. Debicki is best known for her supporting role in the film The Great Gatsby (2013). If nominated for The Night Manager, she would be the Emmys’ third acting nominee born in the 1990s, after comedy supporting actor Chris Colfer (Glee, 2010–2011) and drama guest actress Rachel Brosnahan (House of Cards, 2015).