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.
After Lance (Tom Hollander) causes a major fracas during the restaurant sequence, Jonathan (Tom Hiddleston) apologizes profusely to an elderly man at a nearby table while firmly shaking his hand. The disgruntled diner is none other than author John le Carré.
The Angela Burr (Olivia Colman) character's pregnancy was written into the script, when she disclosed the fact that she was pregnant in real life at her first meeting with the director. This was only weeks before shooting was due to begin.
According to director Susanne Bier, Hugh Laurie originally wanted to play Jonathan Pine and did not think he was right for the role as Roper. Laurie even had a list of actors who he thought would be better for the role until Bier convinced him otherwise.
The production has been reported in the media to be the most expensive ever television drama in the history of the BBC produced by them.
According to an article by Hannah Ellis-Petersen published in The Guardian on Friday 15th July 2016, "to prepare for the role [of night manager Jonathan Pin]e, actor Tom Hiddleston, 34, spent his nights shadowing the night manager of the five-star Rosewood Hotel in London".
Source author John le Carré said of this production in a website letter: "It's been one of the unexpected miracles of my writing life: a novel I had written more than twenty years ago, buried deep in the archive of a major movie company that had bought the rights but never got around to making the movie, suddenly spirited back to life and re-told for our times. And how! For the novel, I had set much of the drama on the luxury yacht of my arch villain and illegal arms dealer extraordinaire, Richard Roper. On the northern reaches of the Spanish island of Majorca, we found just such a rich man's paradise, and moved Richard Roper into it, together with his much younger, peerlessly beautiful, disconcertingly intelligent trophy mistress, Jed. All I asked was that the central interplay between our protagonists remain intact, and the narrative arc of the original story - never mind where it's set - be broadly the narrative arc of the novel, exploring the same human tensions and appetites, and resolving the dramatic conflict in the same broad terms.Of Hugh Laurie's performance - Tom Hiddleston's - Olivia Colman's - Tom Hollander's - Elizabeth Debicki's - it goes on and on - above all of Susanne Bier's superb and uncompromising direction - in short of the whole symphony that the six hours of "The Night Manager" have become - I can only say that they bring back those glory days in the seventies when I was watching the BBC's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979) being magicked to life by Alec Guinness and the inspired cast that surrounded him. And finally, a collegial salute to our tireless and wonderfully inventive screenwriter, David Farr. In the beginning, as ever, was the word."
The supporting character of Angela Burr (Olivia Colman), who is ex MI6, was written as a male in John le Carré's source novel "The Night Manager" (1993), and was there called Chief Leonard Burr, and was ex SIS.
Three of the cast (Hugh Laurie, Tom Hiddleston and Tom Hollander) all went to the same prep school in Oxford, UK, called The Dragon. Laurie and Hiddleston both attended Eton College, which Laurie has described as "the most private of private schools". Finally, Laurie and Hollander both attended Selwyn College, Cambridge, where they are both Honorary Fellows.
According to The Telegraph, in an article written by media correspondent Patrick Foster published on 19th February 2016, "Simon Cornwell, [John] Le Carré's son and the executive producer of the drama, said that the series had a £20 million budget, the equivalent of just over £3 million per hour. The BBC is understood to have contributed just under a third, with international broadcasters chipping in the remainder. Cornwell said: 'It's a cinematic experience. It just looks amazing. It is basically a six-hour film'."
Some scenes were shot in Istanbul but only the ones related to general landscape. Apparently, Hugh Laurie hasn't been to Istanbul for filming. It says "Haydarpasa Dockside" but it was somewhere in Morocco probably. Notices and the car plates prove so. The Latin alphabet is used in Turkey, not Arabic.
The name of the places that Jonathan Pine (Tom Hiddleston) worked as a night manager at were the Queen Nefertiti Hotel in Cairo, Egypt and the Hotel Meister Palace in Zermatt. Switzerland. The real life locales that portrayed these hotels are, respectively, the Es Saadi Hotel in Marrakech, Morocco and the Riffelalp Resort in Zermatt, Kanton Wallis, Switzerland.
Reportedly, each of the six episodes cost about UK £3 million an episode to make which is around 50% more than the recent BBC epic television series War & Peace (2016).
In 2016, lead actor Tom Hiddleston was extensively rumored to become the next James Bond in the official film franchise after Daniel Craig. Moreover, the director of The Night Manager (2016), Susanne Bier, was also touted as a possibility to direct No Time to Die (2020).
In 2016, this television series garnered twelve Emmy nominations at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Limited Series, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie (Tom Hiddleston); Outstanding Supporting acting noms for a Limited Series or Movie for both actor Hugh Laurie and actress Olivia Colman; Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special for director Susanne Bier; and Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special for writer David Farr.
Source novelist John le Carré appears in uncredited cameos in both of the 2016 filmed adaptations of his novels, as a museum guard in Bern in Our Kind of Traitor (2016) and as a diner in episode four of The Night Manager (2016) [See: The Night Manager: Episode #1.4 (2016)].
The Telegraph newspaper reported that "according to the supervising location manager, Tom Howard, guests staying at [the] Es Saadi [Resort in Marrakech, Morocco] during filming were confused by changes to the interiors made by the production crew - so much so that many guests would return from a day's sightseeing only to question whether they were in fact in the right hotel."
Star Tom Hiddleston found out about his Emmy Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie nomination just after seeing Ghostbusters (2016) in Australia with Chris Hemsworth and other cast and crew of the then-filming Thor: Ragnarok (2017).
The mini-series was filmed in six countries: [in alphabetical order] Egypt, Morocco, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.
David Harewood, a British actor, uses an American accent to play American intelligence officer Joel Steadman, just like he did as CIA Director in Seasons 1 & 2 of Homeland (2011).
"The Night Manager" (1993) book was source novelist John le Carré's first ever post-Cold War novel.
At one stage much earlier, this production was going to be a major cinema movie with a theatrical release with Dustin Hoffman starring and the late Sydney Pollack directing. The pair previously collaborated on Tootsie (1982).
According to the BBC website, John le Carré's "The Night Manager is partially autobiographical". The site states: "Though le Carré's most autobiographical book is 'A Perfect Spy', there are elements of personal history in 'The Night Manager'. The villain, Roper, may owe something to le Carré's father. Biographer Adam Sisman suggests early drafts featured a 'genial but menacing' father figure engaged in a battle with Jonathan Pine, the night manager recruited by British intelligence who is struggling to overcome a 'locked-up childhood" devoid of women'."
Writer David Farr said of his writing this mini-series adaptation of John le Carré's source "The Night Manager" (1993) novel: "The Night Manager [book] is a very different story to le Carré's Cold War novels. It has a searing political anger. He wrote it in the mid 1990s and his disgust aimed at US and UK foreign policy in Latin America was nakedly apparent. I didn't feel that the Latin American milieu had the prescience now that it did then. I have a personal interest in the Middle East and it felt tragically perfect to set the series there. The Arab Spring was only two years old when I started the adaptation but already one felt the awful unraveling beginning, and the West's utter confusion as to the right moral position to take. I had a very strong instinct that we must begin in the heart of that once hopeful month of January 2011, in the heart of Cairo. And go from there."
The name of the book that Jonathan Pine (Tom Hiddleston) was reading in Switzerland was "Seven Pillars of Wisdom" (1922) by T.E. Lawrence who was the title character of the David Lean epic film Lawrence of Arabia (1962).
The Huffington Post, amongst other media, reported that Tom Hiddleston's "appearance in the show even added fuel to the fire that he was being lined up as a potential replacement for Daniel Craig, as the next 007 in the 'James Bond' film series."
Debut television mini-series directed by Danish director Susanne Bier who has previously directed several foreign language theatrical feature films.
The John le Carré adaption cinema movie Our Kind of Traitor (2016) and the John le Carré adaption TV mini-series The Night Manager (2016) were both first released and/or broadcast in 2016 which is the 50th Anniversary year of when the John le Carré filmed cinema movie adaptation The Deadly Affair (1967) starring James Mason had premiered in 1966.
"The Night Manager (2016)" marks the fifth time that [John] le Carré has been brought to television, all by British producers" according to website Vulture. These include A Murder of Quality (1991), A Perfect Spy (1987), Smiley's People (1982), and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979).
This television mini-series, a co-production of the UK and the USA, has been sold to over 180 countries by the IMG (International Management Group).
Actor Tom Hollander and actress Olivia Coleman previously played husband and wife in Rev. (2010).
In episode 5 it's the first time we get to see Angela (Olivia Colman)'s husband; asleep with a book open on his chest. The title of the book is "Fatherland" by Robert Harris.
The date and place of birth of British citizen Richard Onslow Roper (Hugh Laurie) according to his UK passport in the mini-series is 11th June 1954 in Aldershot, England. This makes the character aged at 59 years according to the date the passport was issued on 14th April 2014, and is aged 60 at the time the miniseries was shot in 2015.
One of two filmed adaptations of a John le Carré novel that were first released or broadcast in 2016. The two productions are The Night Manager (2016) and Our Kind of Traitor (2016).
This television series was made and first broadcast about twenty-three years after its source novel of the same name by John le Carré had been first published in 1993.
The character of Harry Palfrey, aka Horatio Benedict de Palfrey, who is played by actor Neil Morrissey, appeared in this mini-series' source 1993 John le Carré novel, as well as the earlier 1990 John le Carré "The Russia House" novel, but not in its movie adapation of the same name, The Russia House (1990). The nick-name of the MI6 headquarters on the Thames River in "The Night Manager" (2016)_ mini-series is "The River House".
Writer David Farr's adaptation is updated to the present day of the time of this mini-series' production and is not set in the era of the time that John le Carré's source novel "The Night Manager" was first published in 1993.
The biographer of John le Carré, Adam Sisman, wrote in an article published in the newspaper The Daily Telegraph, "it is more than twenty years since the [source'John le Carré'] novel was [first] published, and in that time two film companies have tried and failed to adapt it" previously.
Fourth television mini-series adaptation of a John le Carré novel after A Perfect Spy (1987), Smiley's People (1982), and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979). All four series have been made by the BBC.
Both of the directors of the two 2016 filmed adaptations of John le Carré novels, The Night Manager (2016) and Our Kind of Traitor (2016) are women, they being Susanne Bier and Susanna White respectively.
Hugh Laurie plays Richard Roper, an arms dealer. Incidentally, Hugh Laurie published a novel in 1996 titled Gun Seller, in which the plot also revolves around an arms dealer and the trade.
The episodes, like the earlier John le Carré mini-series adaptions A Perfect Spy (1987) and Smiley's People (1982), do not have episode names or chapter titles. The only le Carré TV mini-series adaptation to do this was Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979).
First ever appearance by source novelist John le Carré in a TV or television mini-series adaptation of one of his stories. Previously, le Carré's three cameos in filmed productions of his works have all been in theatrical feature film adaptations.
The phone number of the MI6 contains the digits 007 which is the same as James Bond's code-number.
The name of intelligence agencies in the mini-series included MI6, the MoD [Ministry of Defence], and the IEA [International Enforcement Agency].
The Night Manager has been nominated for 36 awards and has won 11, including two Emmy Awards for director Susanne Bier and music composer Víctor Reyes, and three Golden Globes for Best Performance by an Actor for Tom Hiddleston, Best Performance for an Actress in a Supporting Role for Olivia Colman, and Best Performance for a Supporting Actor for Hugh Laurie.
Filming began on 19 March 2015 in Zermatt, Switzerland. Production then moved to London, UK. From 13-17 April 2015, location filming took place at Blackpool Mill Cottage, Hartland Abbey, and in and around Hartland, Devon. On 20 April 2015, production moved to Marrakesh, Morocco. The Es Saadi Resort was used as the location for the fictional Nefertiti Hotel in Cairo. At the end of May, production moved to Majorca, Spain; principal photography wrapped in Majorca on 3 July 2015. Notable places include Port de Sóller, luxury property La Fortaleza in Port de Pollença and several locations in Palma.
The John le Carré adaption TV mini-series The Night Manager (2016) was filmed in 2015, being shot in the 50th Anniversary year of the debut release of the earlier John le Carré filmed adaptation The Spy Who Came In from the Cold (1965), which was the first ever John le Carré filmed story production.
The synopsis of the miniseries' source novel "The Night Manager" (1993) by John le Carré on his personal website reads: "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."
John le Carré has an uncredited small role as a diner who is offended by Corcoran's behavior in a restaurant, and who Pine apologizes to.
First television mini-series adaptation of a John le Carré novel in almost thirty years, the last having been A Perfect Spy (1987) about twenty-nine years ago. In between, Denholm Elliott portrayed George Smiley in the tele-movie A Murder of Quality (1991) which debuted about twenty-five years prior to The Night Manager (2016).
First made-for-television adaptation of a John le Carré novel for twenty-five years with the last having been the 1990s tele-movie A Murder of Quality (1991).
"The first television adaptation of a John le Carré novel in more than 20 years" according to a number of sites including the Deadline and The TV Shows on DVD website.
When Jonathan Pine (Tom Hiddleston) is working as a night manager at the "Nefertiti Hotel" in Cairo in Egypt, it is during the era of the Egyptian Revolution of 2011.
Actor Tom Hollander previously has appeared in such espionage movies as Hanna (2011), Enigma (2001), and Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015), as well as the earlier BBC television spy series, Cambridge Spies (2003).
Actress Elizabeth Debicki, who plays the exotic Jed Marshall, mistress of Richard Roper (Hugh Laurie), appeared in the previous year's 60s spy movie The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015).
Actors Alistair Petrie, Russell Tovey and Jonathan Aris all appeared in the BBC's Sherlock (2010) in the third, second, and all series respectively, although none of them ever met on screen or on set.
Actress Olivia Colman plays a spy boss in The Night Manager (2016). In her recent earlier film, The Lobster (2015), Colman played "The Hotel Manager".
Filming on this expensive BBC espionage mini-series started in the Spring of 2015 in London, England.
The production of this television mini-series was first announced that it would be a co-production of the BBC, the AMC, and The Ink Factory during January 2015.
The Meisters Hotel in Zermatt, Switzerland is actually the Hotel Meister Palace in Zurich, Switzerland in John le Carré's source 1993 novel "The Night Manager", with Zermatt replacing Zurich in this mini-series.
One of four filmed adaptations of John le Carré novels that have been made during the 2010s decade [to date, July 2016]. The productions are Our Kind of Traitor (2016), The Night Manager (2016), A Most Wanted Man (2014), and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011).
One of two filmed adaptations of a John le Carré novel featuring a woman character who is at some stage pregnant. The two are Olivia Colman as Angela Burr in The Night Manager (2016) and Rachel Weisz as Tessa Quayle in The Constant Gardener (2005).
Episode 1 of The Night Manager was broadcast on 21 February 2016 on BBC One in the United Kingdom.
In Sweden the serial first aired on 22 August 2016 on TV4, split up into eight episodes.
On 24 February 2017, The Night Manager started airing on Dutch public broadcaster NPO 1, being broadcast by AVROTROS.
In Germany the serial started airing on 29 August 2016 on ZDF and on Raidió Teilifís Éireann in Ireland.
The series was broadcast by BBC Persian from 15 February 2018 for Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan.
Adeel Akhtar (Rob Singhal) & Douglas Hodge (Rex Mayhew) also worked together on Unforgotten (2015) as Hassan Mahmoud & Paul Nixon respectively.
Although she is referred to almost exclusively by her nickname, "Jed," the character played by Elizabeth Debicki is actually named "Jemima" in both this movie and in the John Le Carré source novel on which it is based. Jed is supposed to be American, but the choice of her character name is the product of a bit of a blind spot on the author's part regarding cultural differences between the U.S. and the U.K. The name "Jemima" is a relatively common and unremarkable choice for British parents to give to their baby girls (in 2015, it was the 213th most popular girls' name, ahead of Jennifer, Melissa, and Mary). However, in the U.S., it is a very uncommon and culturally controversial name choice, since it has a very strong association with a brand of pancake mix and syrup that was, in turn, first named after a highly offensive blackface minstrel show character. The U. S. Social Security Administration's yearly records of baby names show that the name "Jemima" has not appeared in the top 1000 most popular U.S. names for the entire time they have been keeping such records (since the year 1900). While it is remotely possible that an American girl Jed's age could have been given the name "Jemima" at birth, it is extremely unlikely. It is much more likely that Le Carré gave this character the name "Jemima" because he was unaware of how anomalous it would be for any American girl to have the name.
The nick-name of Major Lance Corkoran (Tom Hollander) was "Corks" or "Corky", the nickname of Jemima Marshall (Elizabeth Debicki) was "Jed", the nick-name of lawyer Juan Apostol (Antonio de la Torre) was "Apo"; the nick-names of Richard Onslow Roper (Hugh Laurie) were "Dicky" and "the worst man in the world"; the actual birth name first name of Sophie Alekan (Aure Atika) was Samira Alekan; and the nick-name of the MI6 headquarters on the Thames River was "The River House". John le Carré wrote the same-titled source novel to the earlier le Carré filmed adaptation The Russia House (1990).
About fifteen crew personnel worked on both The Night Manager (2016) and Our Kind of Traitor (2016) which were both filmed adaptations first released in 2016 of novels by celebrated espionage author John le Carré.
Second character that actor Tom Hiddleston has portrayed with the first name "Thomas" in a film or television production. The first was Sir Thomas Sharpe in the cinema movie Crimson Peak (2015) with the second being Jonathan Pine's alias of Thomas Quince in The Night Manager (2016), whereas his full first name is also Thomas.
The names of the three ships owned by Farrago Holdings were "The Marquis", "The Nemesis", and "The Leila Jane".
This television mini-series John le Carré adaptation was first broadcast in the 25th Anniversary year of the earlier tele-movie le Carré adaptation A Murder of Quality (1991).
Neil Morrissey (Harry Palfrey) & Michael Nardone (Frisky) also worked together on Line of Duty (2012) as Morton & O'Neill respectively.
The mini-series shares a number of similarities and story elements with the James Bond film Casino Royale (2006). The director of The Night Manager (2016), Susanne Bier, has previously worked with Mads Mikkelsen, the actor who played that movie's chief villain Le Chiffre, on two cinema movies, they being Open Hearts (2002) and After the Wedding (2006), the latter of which debuted in the same year as Casino Royale (2006).
Neither this film and nor its source John le Carré 1993 novel happen to feature le Carré's famous George Smiley character which was last seen in the cinema movie Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) around five years earlier.
Olivia Colman convinced director Susanne Bier to cast her as Angela Burr, even though she was pregnant with her third child. She reasoned that Frances McDormand did well playing her character Marge Gunderson in Fargo (1996), despite having been pregnant while filming as well. Coincidentally, it was McDormand who later handed Colman her Best Actress Oscar for The Favourite (2018).
Two of the lead cast of this mini-series were first named "Tom" - they being Tom Hollander and Tom Hiddleston. Both actors have the same initials of "T.H." and have last surnames containing three syllables.
Of the four television mini-series adaptations of John le Carré novels, all made by the BBC, The Night Manager (2016) and Smiley's People (1982) have the same number of episodes, that being six. A Perfect Spy (1987) and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979) both contain seven episodes, one more.
Neither this mini-series and nor its source John le Carré 1993 novel are one of le Carré's cold war spy stories.