Published in 1993, John le Carre’s novel The Night Manager‘s synopsis, as featured on Goodreads states:
“In the shadowy recesses of Whitehall and Washington an unholy alliance operates between the intelligence community and the secret arms trade. Jonathan Pine is ready to stand up and be counted in the fight against this ultimate heart of darkness. His mission takes him from the cliffs of west Cornwall, via northern Quebec and the Caribbean, to the jungles of post-Noriega Panama. His quarry is the worst man in the world.”
Last night, UK viewers got to see the first episode of the six-part television adaptation with Tom Hiddleston playing Jonathan Pine and Hugh Laurie as the worst man in the world AKA Richard Roper. They are joined in the series by Elizabeth Debicki, Olivia Colman and Tom Hollander.
The hour long episode seemingly had viewers hooked from the outset and famous names including Ian Rankin, along with a host of TV fans took to Twitter to share their thoughts on the adaptation, with many claiming it to be a huge success, thanks largely to Tom Hiddleston.
John Le Carre's #TheNightManager on BBC1 Bloody Brilliant
— Glen Oglaza (@glenoglaza1) February 21, 2016
— Abby Tomlinson (@twcuddleston) February 21, 2016
— Simon Allison (@simonjallison) February 21, 2016
— FernBritton (@Fern_Britton) February 21, 2016
Well #TheNightManager is off to a cracking start
— Peter Bradshaw (@PeterBradshaw1) February 21, 2016
Six weeks of Tom Hiddleston in a suit every Sunday. Thank you BBC
— Joy Wilson. (@raindropjoy) February 21, 2016
— Giles Paley-Phillips (@eliistender10) February 21, 2016
— Gundi (@Gwendular68) February 21, 2016
Really enjoying The Night Manager. @twhiddleston pitch perfect. Tense as hell.
— Ian Rankin (@Beathhigh) February 21, 2016
Two hours after the episode aired, #TheNightManager was still trending on Twitter after reaching the top spot within minutes of it starting.
— TomHiddlestonNewsCom (@TWHnewsCom) February 22, 2016
— ♡ (@TennantTWH) February 21, 2016
In a recent interview with The Guardian (don’t click the link unless you want spoilers!) le Carre admitted that the screen adaptation of his work is somewhat different to how he presented it on the page, but having seen all six episodes, that it works. He said:
“What I like best of all is how Susanne Bier goes on chewing at the bone of the drama long after other directors would have given up; and how, in this back-and-forth interaction between film and book, a two-way process occurs, as I begin to spot in her film things she herself may not be aware of, just as she has spotted things in my novel that I may not have been aware of.”
The Night Manager continues for the next five weeks on Sunday evenings at 9pm on BBC1. The series will then air in the USA on the AMC network from April.