Oh, and the opening credits were wonderful.
Liberties were taken with Le Carre's original. Times and places and genders got changed and the ending was almost entirely new. And why not? The Night Manager isn't a classic text. Le Carre gave the film-makers his imprimatur by appearing very briefly as a spluttering blimp in a restaurant scene.
Matthew d'Ancona in the Guardian thinks the show has a lot to say about Britain's place in the world today and then tortures it into an allegory of the brexit referendum- with Roper as an opponent of the EU and Boyd as its champion. Nice try, Matthew, but I think you're up a gum tree there. What it does show is how Britain- for all its post-imperial loss of status- is still unable to keep its sticky fingers out of other people's business.