There are a lot of good things to say about the near-perfect The Night Manager. But on Samuel Beckett’s birthday it’s best to cut to the core as the Nobel Prize-winning playwright often did and say that the Susanne Bier-directed miniseries is simply great television.
Now, this AMC, BBC and Ink Factory co-production already played in the UK earlier this year where it was a ratings hit and cultural phenomenon. No doubts as to why. Debuting on AMC stateside on April 19, the six-part series starring Hugh Laurie, Tom Hiddleston, Olivia Colman and Elizabeth Debicki is, as I say in my video review above, worthy of all of the accolades and adjectives with which one can praise a show – and this in an era of TV excellence. The actors are all consistently at their very best here, with Oscar winner Bier never better behind the camera.
Watch Night Manager week by week or in one DVR’d binge, but don’t miss the excellence that is this adaptation of John le Carré’s 1993 novel – you will be the lesser for it if you do. Updated and tweaked from its solid source material, the David Farr-scripted series drenches you in the world of international arms dealing, Middle East unrest and uprisings, lifestyles and carnage of the rich and infamous to meet “the worst man in the world,” as Laurie’s ruthless billionaire Richard Roper is described.
In the first le Carré TV adaptation in more than 20 years, Hiddleston plays former military man Jonathan Pine, the night manager of the title. For various reasons, he is a shattered fellow who comes out the shadows to infiltrate Roper’s world for Colman’s uncompromising intelligence officer Angela Burr — who was a male character in the book. Weaving and wafting through all this is Debicki in a career-making role as Roper’s flame Jed Marshall, a woman with volumes of secrets and agendas of her own.
There are few near-perfect things in this life – the cooking of Eddie Huang, AC/DC’s Back In Black and Run-DMC’s Tougher Than Leather albums, and the Golden State Warriors’ amazing NBA season this year are on my list. I would now add to that list The Night Manager, the TV series. Watch it, you’ll be very glad you checked in.
Click on my video review above and tell us what you think.
This review originally posted on April 13.