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
In January 2015, this television miniseries was first announced as being a co-production of the BBC, AMC, and The Ink Factory. It would premiere on the BBC a little over a year later, on 21 February 2016, and in the US on AMC on 19 April 2016. See more »
The scenes at Istanbul harbor ("Haydarpasa Dockside") were not shot there. The Arabic alphabet and the car plates hint that Morocco was used. See more »
The Uncensored Edition Blu-ray release includes all six unrated episodes, as originally aired on BBC One. See more »
I haven't read the book, but this felt like watching a book.
Great acting. Great suspense. Some might find it a bit slow moving, but if you value nail biting over action romps, then this is perfect. Laurie is Dr House as a weapons merchant, while Hiddleston is a two faced hotel night manager. Strangely fitting.
Colman does an outstanding job as the outsider-agent with no funding and uncertain support from her superiors. She has the task of trying to keep tabs on the other two.
This is an ensemble cast I did not know I needed. Watched all episodes in a massive binge - there are series that you have to give the benefit of the doubt the few first episodes, and then there are series such as this - series that draw you in, and have you pulling an all nighter in front of the screen, when all you wanted was one episode.
There needs to be more spy games with Hiddleston and Laurie in this world.
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