Wanted On Indian TV - Hiddleston, Laurie’s ‘The Night Manager’

The Emmy nominated ‘The Night Manager’ is a mini-series capable of filling up that void left by ‘Game Of Thrones’.

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The cast of <i>The Night Manager</i>.

The Night Manager, one of BBC One’s biggest hits in recent years, has been nominated for contention in the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards in as many as 12 categories. The mini-series, starring Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie, Olivia Colman and Tom Hollander, is a contemporary spy thriller based on an eponymous novel by John Le Carre. And if you didn’t know it already, it is this series that has catapulted Tom Hiddleston into serious competition to play the next 007. Directed by Susan Bier, the mini-series premiered earlier this year at the Berlin Film Festival.

Now, we are not saying it’s the greatest spy story ever told on TV - there are way too many snags - but it’s definitely one of the slickest. And it boasts some pretty amazing performances.

Here’s why we feel The Night Manager  should premiere on Indian television real soon.


Tom Hiddleston Sizzles - With And Without His Shirt

Tom Hiddleston in a still from the mini-series.
Tom Hiddleston in a still from the mini-series.

Now we women drooled over Loki way before the HiddleSwift saga wrecked our dreams. But Tom Hiddleston shines in this author-backed role as Jonathan Pine like never before. Playing the enigmatic, brooding night manager of a hotel who is swept by a series of incidents into working as a spy for the British intelligence, Hiddleston gets it more than right. His nomination for the award of the Best Actor In A Limited Series Or Television Movie holds no surprise.

And of course it helps that he looks like a dream - one doesn’t quite know whether to focus on those green eyes or those ripping abs.


Hugh Laurie Is Bad, Very Bad

Hugh Laurie is an evil treat in <i>The Night Manager</i>.
Hugh Laurie is an evil treat in The Night Manager.

If you thought Hugh Laurie had tapped into his darkest emotions to play the very relatable misanthrope in House, well, think again. In The Night Manager, he plays Richard Onslow Roper, an immensely successful - and ambitious - international arms dealer. Ruthless yet charismatic, sly but charming - the character is layered and complex, and it’s simply fascinating how Laurie simply uses his eyes to add a reptilian chill to his character.

Let’s hope Laurie bags that Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series Or Television Film.


Excellent Support Cast

While even the minor characters stand out with their earnest performances, the support cast of The Night Manager hold their own - and shine - midst the fireworks between Laurie and Hiddleston.

Olivia Colman is running for the Emmys for her portrayal of a British intelligence operative.
Olivia Colman is running for the Emmys for her portrayal of a British intelligence operative.

Olivia Colman must be named first for her portrayal of Angela Burr, a pregnant British intelligence operative who would stop at nothing to bring down Roper. Olivia churns an excellent cocktail of spunk, intelligence and emotions to make Angela Burr a very humane character - one that stays with you even when the end titles role. A thumbs up for her Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series Or Television Film.

Tom Hollander as Captain Corkoran in <i>The Night Manager</i>.
Tom Hollander as Captain Corkoran in The Night Manager.

Tom Hollander is sheer delight as Captain Corkoran aka Corky. Playing Roper’s right hand man, who also happens to be a homosexual trained killer, Hollander infuses his character with loyalty, suavity, a sinister edge and later on, wild jealousy. He also has some of the best dialogues in the mini-series.

The stunning Elizabeth Debicki in <i>The Night Manager</i>.
The stunning Elizabeth Debicki in The Night Manager.

Elizabth Debicki is also the reason - apart from the pyrotechnics - the series is recommended for male viewers. The absolutely gorgeous actress plays Jed, the woman who comes between Roper and Pine. Elizabeth imparts the required oomph to her character alright, but also adds an endearing brittleness that makes Jed much more than just eye candy-cum-damsel-in-distress.


The Whole Shebang

Stunning locations, yachts, choppers - <i>The Night Manager</i> has them all.
Stunning locations, yachts, choppers - The Night Manager has them all.

Even by contemporary television production standards, which you’d admit are quite spectacular, The Night Manager sparkles. Lavish, slick and with loaded with stunning visuals (and yachts and choppers), the mini-series is simply a treat to watch. It was shot extensively in the picturesque Mallorca, London, Devon, Marrakech and Zermatt in Switzerland.

A still from the mini-series shows the  stunning Mallorca property that is Richard Roper’s home.
A still from the mini-series shows the stunning Mallorca property that is Richard Roper’s home.

The action scenes are also very well choreographed with some spectacular fireworks thrown in - after all, the story revolves around international arm deals.

And ladies, just keep drooling over Elizabeth Debicki’s wardrobe. Thanks to costume designer Signe Sejl, her dresses - and underwear - are worth felling a few bodies for.

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