The BBC have today released new promotional pictures for their new adaptation of John le Carré’s 1993 thriller, The Night Manager, set to be broadcast on BBC One starring Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie.
A contemporary interpretation of le Carré’s 1993 novel – and the first television adaptation of a le Carré novel in more than 20 years – The Night Manager mini-series will bring together love, loss and revenge in a complex story of modern criminality. The eagerly anticipated series follows former British soldier Jonathan Pine (Hiddleston) who is recruited by an intelligence operative named Burr (Colman) to navigate the shadowy recesses of Whitehall and Washington where an unholy alliance operates between the intelligence community and the secret arms trade. To infiltrate the inner circle of lethal arms dealer Richard Onslow Roper (Laurie), which includes girlfriend Jed (Debicki) and an associate named Corcoran (Hollander), Pine must himself become a criminal.
The Night Manager is one of le Carré’s most beloved and critically acclaimed books. A fusion of spy story and tale of organised crime, the novel was a bestseller in the United States and the UK, translated into over 20 languages and has sold over a million copies in North America alone
The first episode will be broadcast on Sunday the 21st of February from 9:00pm to 10:00pm. More promotional pictures and the first episode synopsis below:
We first meet Jonathan Pine amid the chaos of the Arab Spring in 2011, as he works his way through the rioting crowds to arrive at Cairo’s luxurious Nefertiti Hotel where he works as the night manager. While trying to help frantic tourists, Pine is approached by Sophie Alekan, the mistress of the hotel’s owner Freddie Hamid, who shares files with Pine evidencing an arms deal taking place between Hamid and a man named Richard Roper.
Fearing the potentially catastrophic repercussions of the deal, Pine leaks the files to the British Government. The documents land on the desk of Angela Burr, a member of the British Secret Intelligence Service in London who has a long-standing vendetta against the elusive Roper. However, when Roper is tipped off about the government’s intelligence, Sophie is put in extreme danger.
We next meet Pine five years on, working at the Meisters Hotel in Zermatt, Switzerland, which Roper and his entourage frequent. Haunted by what happened in Cairo, Pine contacts Angela Burr and a fragile and complex partnership is formed.
With thanks to BBC Media.