David Harewood (Homeland), Neil Morrissey and Katherine Kelly will join joining Hugh Laurie and Olivia Colman in a TV adaptation of John Le Carré's spy thriller novel The Night Manager (opens in new tab).
The star-studded mini-series, a co-production between the BBC, US network AMC and the Ink Factory, also features Tom Hiddleston (War Horse), Tom Hollander (Rev) and Tobias Menzies (The Honourable Woman) in the cast.
The Night Manager is billed as a modern retelling of the 1993 novel and will apparently bring together love, loss and revenge in a complex story of modern criminals.
The plot follows a former British soldier Jonathan Pine (Hiddleston), who is recruited by an intelligence operative named Burr (Colman) to navigate the shadowy recesses of Whitehall and Washington, where an unholy alliance operates between the intelligence community and the secret arms trade.
To infiltrate the inner circle of lethal arms dealer Richard Onslow Roper (Laurie), which includes girlfriend Jed (Debicki), Pine has to ebcome a criminal himself.
Filming has begun on The Night Manager and it will be broadcast in 2016.
Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix.
An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.
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