The Night Manager

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Book-based British cloak-and-dagger miniseries thrills.

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Espionage, terrorism.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Jonathan Pine is motivated by revenge, justice, Roper by greed.

Violence

Guns, bloody wounds, dead bodies.

Sex

Strong innuendo; some sexual activity.

Language

"S--t," "whore."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Champagne, brandy, cocktails, cigarette smoking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the British adaptation of John le Carré's spy novel The Night Manager contains lots of thrills and suspense that will keep teen mystery lovers entertained. But it also contains some strong content, including cursing, sexual innuendo, and violent, bloody images. Terrorism is a major theme, too.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byteeks125 November 24, 2017

Extreme caution necessary

The editor review of this series makes it seem much more mild than it actually is. Lots of sex, violence, swearing, and even nudity (which I'm surprised ha... Continue reading
Adult Written byLeigh M. July 24, 2017

More adult than the main review lets on...

Nudity, the f-word, and some graphic violence are all part of this show that is a bit more adult than the main review outlines. The line between good guy/bad gu... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byPurple123 June 7, 2017
Teen, 15 years old Written byMad man with a box July 16, 2017

What's the story?

Based on John le Carré's popular novel of the same name, the BBC's THE NIGHT MANAGER is a dramatic six-part serial drama about a former British soldier recruited to conduct international espionage. After prominent Nefertiti Hotel guest Sophie Alekan (Aure Atika) shows hotel night manager Jonathan Pine (Tom Hiddleston) confidential documents pertaining to the activities of arms dealer Richard Onslow Roper (Hugh Laurie), he's recruited by MI6 operative Angela Burr (Olivia Colman) to infiltrate Roper's inner circle. But spying on him also means keeping close tabs on his mistress, Jed Marshall (Elizabeth Debicki), and his obnoxious associate, Major Lance Corcoran (Tom Hollander), while navigating British and U.S. intelligence. As he travels around the world spying on Roper in an effort to bring him down, he uses his position as a respected hotelier to his advantage -- and as his cover.

Is it any good?

This outstanding adaptation of the 1993 bestseller maintains all the mystery, suspense, and, of course, exotic locations that John le Carré's first post-Cold War novel is known for. Although not as seductive (and slightly less sexist) as James Bond films, it successfully recreates the steadily rising tensions the detailed narrative is known for. Also compelling are Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie's performances, which easily bring to life their characters' charmingly dark rapport with each other.

Fans of the popular book will recognize some of the changes made to the on-screen interpretation, including references to the war in Iraq, the Arab Spring, and Syrian refugees, which were included to make it more relevant to a post-9/11 audience. But you don't have to read the book or be a fan of le Carré's work to be intrigued by the miniseries. If you're a cloak-and-dagger enthusiast, you won't be disappointed. And even if you aren't, it's still very entertaining.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the challenges that come with adapting a book for a TV show or film. Can you produce something for the screen that is exactly like the book? Are there any books you think would make a good TV show or film? Any books that wouldn't?

  • What are some of the differences between TV shows in the U.S. and in the U.K.? 

TV details

For kids who love mysteries

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