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Night Manager, The (BBC-1 2016, Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie)

The Cast of The Night Manager

A contemporary interpretation of John le Carré’s espionage drama The Night Manager – and the first television adaptation of a le Carré novel in more than 20 years.

The Night Manager follows former British soldier Jonathan Pine (Tom Hiddleston) who is recruited by intelligence operative Angela Burr (Olivia Colman) to infiltrate the inner circle of international businessman Richard Onslow Roper (Hugh Laurie) and detonate the unholy alliance he has ministered between the intelligence community and the secret arms trade.

To get to the heart of Roper’s vast empire, Pine must withstand the suspicious interrogations of his venal chief of staff Major Corkoran (Tom Hollander) and the allure of his beautiful girlfriend Jed (Elizabeth Debicki). In his quest to do the right thing, he must first become a criminal himself.

Hugh Laurie as Richard Roper and Tom Hiddleston as Jonathan Pine in The Night Manager

Hugh Laurie as Richard Roper and Tom Hiddleston as Jonathan Pine

The series was a major critical and popular hit, elevating Tom Hiddleston’s stock even higher (if that were possible)

According to GQ Magazine John le Carré made a cameo appearance in episode four (he plays a diner in a restaurant scene) but unlike Alfred Hitchcock he is not the most well known of faces so it’s likely that only the most obsessive of fans would have noticed. In another bit of trivia the character of Angela Burr was actually a man in the book.

production details
UK / BBC One – AMC / 6×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 21 February – 27 March 2016

Writer: David Farr / Novel: John le Carré / Music: Victor Reyes / Cinematography: Michael Snyman / Producer: Rob Bullock / Director: Susanne Bier

cast
Tom Hiddleston as Jonathan Pine
Hugh Laurie as Richard Onslow Roper
Olivia Colman as Angela Burr
Tom Hollander as Major “Corky” Lance Corkoran
Elizabeth Debicki as Jed Marshall
Alistair Petrie as Sandy, Lord Langbourne
Natasha Little as Caroline, Lady Langbourne
Douglas Hodge as Rex Mayhew
David Harewood as Joel Steadman
Tobias Menzies as Geoffrey Dromgoole
Antonio de la Torre as Juan Apostol
Adeel Akhtar as Rob Singhal
Michael Nardone as Frisky
David Avery as Freddie Hamid
Amir El-Masry as Youssuf
Aure Atika as Sophie (Samira) Alekan
Nasser Memarzia as Omar Barghati
Russell Tovey as Simon Ogilvey
Neil Morrissey as Harry Palfrey
Katherine Kelly as Pamela, the Permanent Secretary
Bijan Daneshmand as Kouyami
Hannah Steele as Marilyn