Thursday, 3 March 2016
The Night Manager: Episode 2
"Just remember one thing, honey; you're nothing but a dirty whore."
So this is where it gets good.
Stuff is finally happening and Jonathan gets to be undercover, badass and, at last, likeable. Hugh Laurie is simply amazing as Richard Roper; we've sadly missed out on all the great villains he could have been playing all these years. We also get action, excitement, a bizarre serious role as MI6 top brass for Neil Morrissey of all people, and David Harewood with a decent American accent. This has suddenly become bloody good telly.
We see just how much Jonathan mourns his lost love- prepared not to risk just his own life but to accept frequent violence and the need to abandon his old identity forever. He is magnificent, and I suppose the contrast with the old, obsequious Jonathan is the point.
Olivia Colman is just as electrifying as the tenacious Angela, just likeable enough while having a very hard edge.
That cliffhanger looks ominous, and this serial looks as though it's going to be fun. What a difference a week makes.