A contemporary interpretation of John le Carré’s espionage drama The Night Manager brings together love, loss and revenge in a complex story of modern criminality.
The series 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. In his quest to do the right thing, he must first become a criminal himself.
No one writes complex and three-dimensional characters like le Carré and you’ll be left wondering who to trust in this all-star cast. To help you along the way here’s our handy who’s who for the characters gracing our screens on Sunday nights.
The Cast of The Night Manager
Jonathan Pine is an ex-soldier who fought in Iraq and now lives in retreat from life, and himself, as a hotel night porter. A self-exiled creature of the night, and perpetual escapee from emotional entanglement, Pine’s conscience is pricked when his act of disclosing documents confidentially entrusted to him by a hotel guest results in her death. What begins as a quest for atonement becomes a quest for his own soul, as he enters the inner sanctum of Richard Roper and navigates the shadowy recesses of his world.
Richard Roper (Hugh Laurie)
Richard Roper is well born, well-educated, has grace and has charm. But behind the public mask – billionaire businessman, entrepreneur, philanthropist, gentleman – lurks a Mephistopheles. The worst man in the world has built an empire from his trade in human life, selling arms to the highest bidder and purchasing whatever souls he can along the way. When Pine saves his son – his love for him, Roper’s only weakness – Roper welcomes him into his family. Which may just prove his undoing.
Angela Burr (Olivia Colman)
From a shabby office in London’s Victoria Street, supported by Whitehall Mandarin Mayhew, Burr runs her modest enforcement agency – at the heart of which is a private crusade to bring down Richard Roper, to Burr the embodiment of all arms-selling evil. In Pine, she finds a shared conscience, though sending him into battle her integrity will be challenged, as she discovers there are rivals closer to home determined to pervert the course of justice.
Jed Marshall is on the run from life, and at the moment her safe harbor is the court of Richard Roper. His affection is a powerful anesthetic, but when Pine enters their world and the effects of it begin to dissolve and awaken her to the gargoyles around her, she knows she can’t hide for much longer.
Major Lance Corkoran, Corky, is Dickie Roper’s fixer, his right hand. Corky’s exuberance and lacerating wit have seen them through some foxholes together, and he is fiercely loyal to his Captain and to Jed. His cynicism is dyed in the wool; he’s not buying into Pine at all – and isn’t going to cease in his sinister interrogations until he’s exposed.
Don’t miss the first episode of John le Carré’s The Night Manager on BBC One on Sunday 21st February at 9pm.
FULL CAST LIST
RICHARD ROPER – Hugh Laurie
JONATHAN PINE – Tom Hiddleston
ANGELA BURR – Olivia Colman
LANCE CORKORAN – Tom Hollander
JED MARSHALL – Elizabeth Debicki
REX MAYHEW – Douglas Hodge
JUAN APOSTOL – Antonio de la Torre
JOEL STEADMAN – David Harewood
GEOFFREY DROMGOOLE – Tobias Menzies
ROB SINGHAL – Adeel Akhtar
SOPHIE ALEKAN – Aure Atika
TABBY – Hovik Keuchkerian
CAROLINE LANGBOURNE – Natasha Little
FRISKY – Michael Nardone
SANDY LANGBOURNE – Alistair Petrie
SIMON OGILVEY – Russell Tovey
HARRY PALFREY – Neil Morrissey