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The Night Manager [Mar. 28th, 2016|02:34 pm]
Tony Grist
The characterisation and politics have been rudimentary and the plot challenged belief, but- after a slow start- it got to be terribly exciting. The BBC has been whingeing about having only millions to pit against Netflix's billions, but it didn't stint the budget here- and part of the thrill was knowing we were going to get real North African desert and not be fobbed off with a quarry in Buckinghamshire and that the explosions- when they came- would be big and orange.  The acting was expensive too- with Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie, Olivia Colman, David Harewood, Tom Hollander and an extended cast of familiar names and faces- all delivering their money's worth.

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. 

[User Picture]From: porsupah
2016-03-29 03:09 pm (UTC)
I'll have you know all those Doctor Who quarries^Weerie alien landscapes were Cornish. ^_^

Reminds me, I really otter rewatch the BBC version of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy someday. (I've heard the recent cinematic outing was quite good, too, though probably significantly abridged)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-03-29 04:02 pm (UTC)
Some of them may have been Cornish but there's a particular one in Bucks that the BBC used a lot in the old days- and not only for Dr Who.

I've never watched either version of Tinker, Tailor- but I have read the book...

Edited at 2016-03-29 04:04 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: qatsi
2016-03-30 09:31 pm (UTC)

Tinker, Tailor

They are both rather good. Both take some liberties but stick generally to the text. One takes seven hours, the other takes two.
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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2016-03-29 07:16 pm (UTC)
Not watched this, and i do not know if it is something i would watch.
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