Not long to wait now until the new BBC series The Night Manager hits the TV screens across the US, Canada, Australia and the UK. Initially, it was due to have debuted in the UK in April, but on the Graham Norton Show on Friday, stars of the series, Hugh Laurie and Olivia Colman (Broadchurch), said that it will be screened in the UK next month.
The Night Manager, directed by Susanne Bier, not only stars Laurie and Colman but also Tom Hollande, Tom Hiddleston, and Elizabeth Debicki. The series will be in six parts and is based on the novel of the same name by John le Carré which Hugh Laurie admits that he absolutely loves. He in fact met le Carré at the writer’s 70th birthday party and ended up playing Happy Birthday on the piano.
Laurie has described the story as a battle between good and evil and, of course, he is the evil arms dealer. In the series, former British soldier Jonathan Pine (Tom Hiddleston) is recruited by Burr (Olivia Colman), an intelligence operative. He is tasked to navigate Whitehall and Washington DC, where there is an alliance between the intelligence community and the secret arms trade. He must infiltrate the inner circle of arms dealer Richard Onslow Roper (Hugh Laurie), Roper’s girlfriend Jed (Elizabeth Debicki), and associate Corcoran (Tom Hollander).
Much of the series, which had an unusually large budget for a British TV series, mainly thanks to the American influence, was filmed on location here in Majorca in association with Palma Pictures, which acted as the local production and facilities company.
Other locations include Switzerland and Morocco, but many great locations were used in Majorca and dominate the trailer. The series looks fast and exciting and is certainly going to grip viewers right from the start. It will also give Majorca and its film industry some priceless publicity.