An Englishman, Jonathan Pine (played by Tom Hiddleston), is working as the night manager of a Cairo hotel. He gets involved with a local woman who is the girlfriend of a local gangster. Through her relationship with the gangster she has acquired information linking illegal international arms sales with Richard Roper (Hugh Laurie), an English billionaire. She is soon found dead, murdered due to her having this information. Fearing for his own life, Pine flees, ending up working at a remote hotel in Switzerland. Four years pass, and then Roper visits the Swiss hotel. This rekindles Pines thirst for revenge, and he is enlisted by British Intelligence to spy on Roper. What follows is a very dangerous game of intrigue and deception. Written by
This BBC TV spy serial has been so successful that there has been talk of a possible sequel with the return of the central character Jonathan Pine who is played in The Night Manager (2016) by Tom Hiddleston. See more »
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Maybe I was expecting too much, but I waited and waited for some kind of surprise or unexpected moment, which never came out. The story does not look as coming from Le Carre, as it is so simple and straight. Hugh Laurie sometime delivers some good baddie look, but he is not helped by the screenplay which gives him the usual "The world is already a bad place, I am just doing my job" lines to give him some substance. Tom Hollander is the only one delivering a believable, interesting and menacing character. I am sorry for Tom Hiddleston, who delivers a completely uninteresting flat Jonathan Pine, who is so lovable, generous, courageous and good at everything he does, that when the series ends I am not curious at all to see him again.
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