The Night Manager (2016– )
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After being approached with details about a secret arsenal of weapons set to be sold by a British business magnate, hotel night manager Jonathan Pine is pulled into a dangerous world.


Susanne Bier


John le Carré (based on the novel by), David Farr

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Laurie ... Richard Roper
Tom Hiddleston ... Jonathan Pine
Nader Boussandel Nader Boussandel ... Maitre D
Holly Hayes ... American Woman
Aure Atika ... Sophie Alekan
Amir El-Masry ... Youssef
Aziz Dhiouer Aziz Dhiouer ... Egyptian Youth
Russell Tovey ... Simon Ogilvey
Olivia Colman ... Angela Burr
Adeel Akhtar ... Rob Singhal
Buffy Davis Buffy Davis ... Pearl
David Avery ... Freddie Hamid
Douglas Hodge ... Rex Mayhew
Mansour Badri Mansour Badri ... Egyptian Police Officer
Erich Redman ... Herr Strippli


Ex-soldier Jonathan Pine, the night manager at the Nefertiti hotel in Cairo, is approached by Sophie Alekan, a guest who is the kept woman of businessman Freddie Hamid, and who asks him to copy some documents for her. These turn out to reveal Hamid as an arms trader and a concerned Jonathan takes them to the British embassy, from where they are sent to Angela Burr, who heads the International Enforcement Agency in London. Jonathan fails to save Sophie from being murdered and, four years later, is working at a Swiss hotel where Richard Roper and his entourage briefly stay. Angela summons Jonathan to her office, telling him that Roper is an international arms dealer who was doubtless involved in Sophie's death and asks him to go undercover to help her to trap him. Written by don @ minifie-1

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19 April 2016 (USA) See more »


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GBP30,000,000 (estimated)
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Adeel Akhtar (Rob Singhal) & Douglas Hodge (Rex Mayhew) also worked together on Unforgotten (2015) as Hassan Mahmoud & Paul Nixon respectively. See more »


The weapons list the night manager is copying contains some highly unlikely and even impossible weapons. One example is an Avro Vulcan Jet. This cold war era nuclear bomber is not being produced anymore and not in operation. It would be highly unlikely to be of interest in modern warfare. Second example is the F22 Raptor. This American air superiority is not allowed to be sold outside the US, not even to the USA's closest allies. It would be impossible to smuggle, let alone deploy by a foreign nation. See more »


Jonathan Pine: Why is Roper the worst man in the world?
Sophie Alekan: Because he sells destruction, pain and death.
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5 August 2018 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

The Night Manager

The Night Manager is a character driven mini-series adapted from the novel by John Le Carre, that swept away three Golden Globes on the acting category and was nominated for the best series too.

As much as simple the plot is, despite of its genre, it doesn't unnecessarily grows convoluted or even attempts to make impossible possible. And such simplistic reasons is why it connects with the audience instantly and stays true to its tone throughout the course of it.

The adapted screenplay by Farr is smart as it glorifies each little moments with equal dignity keeping the audience enchanted in its self-created tense bubble that doesn't pop but explodes. Addition to that, it not only is edited perfectly but each character's perspective is accounted in perfectly for it to justify the actions.

It is rich on technical aspects like sharp sound effects, stunning live locations, alluring costume design and metaphorical cinematography that seeks viewers' attention through it.

Beir; the director, is ahead of her game and the viewers, for her description of a sequence is not only electrifying but thought-provoking too; she is in your head from the start. The performance objective is the ace in the hole for the series, since the casting pays off more than well, as Hiddleston, Laurie and Colman have genuinely invested their heart into it.

Pragmatic conversations, three-dimensional characters, tense environment and stellar performances are the high points of this mini-series. Beir's world in here is bolder, faster and scarier than it may seem and no matter how many times the makers play their "close call" theme, it never gets old, it never gets dull.

The Night Manager isn't shady or twisted as one's usual spy thriller and is instead beautiful on visual aesthetics and neat on terms of projecting the questionable morality where "the dirty work" is left upto viewers' imagination; a slick move.

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The build of each character's rage or reasons are executed with conviction where the director Bier is responsible for carrying her audience with the characters through each time lines and offer them the expected experience that is both horrific and electrifying.

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