Hugh Laurie's new Agatha Christie mini series for Britbox is a success thanks to sparkling stars Lucy Boynton and Will Poulter.
What happened to the 'Fab Five' and the stars of the '90s cult-classic, 24 years on from the day of its world premiere?
The old friends began as a comedy double act and starred in TV sketch show 'A Bit of Fry & Laurie' which ended 25 years ago.
Tom Hiddleston won Best Actor as superspy Jonathan Pine in The Night Manager. Taut, stylish spy thriller The Night Manager gave star Tom Hiddleston his first Golden Globe for Leading Actor in a TV Film or MiniSeries, playing protagonist Jonathan Pine. Being the nice guy and Unicef advocate that he is, Hiddleston highlighted the valuable work of aid workers helping children in Sudan, dedicating his win to them.
The Golden Globe Award nominees have been announced, with BBC’s The Night Manager up for four awards. Tom Hiddleston is nominated for Best Actor in the TV Movie or Mini-Series category for his intense performance as Jonathan Pine, with the sublime Olivia Coleman and Hugh Laurie both named in the Best Supporting Actress and Actor categories for TV Movie or Mini-Series.
Hugh Laurie hasn’t just worked with some of the greatest television acting talent to ever step in front of a camera, but he’s roundly recognised as a pretty damn fine thespian himself who has mastered both comedy and drama. During a recent interview with TV Line Hugh Laurie revealed this individual to be Julia Louis-Dreyfus, which should come as no surprise to anyone who has seen the actress strut her stuff in the likes of ‘Seinfeld’, ‘The New Adventures Of Old Christine’ and ‘Veep’. It was in ‘Veep’ that Hugh Laurie got to see Julia Louis Dreyfus up close and personal, as he appeared in the comedy over the course of its fourth and fifth season as Selina Meyers’ running mate Tom James.
I’m a big fan of Sherlock Holmes – to my mind, he’s one of the greatest fictional characters ever created, enough if Conan Doyle wouldn’t have agreed with me. Holmes is, in essence, a timeless character – and that’s why we have so many different adaptations of the character. There’s Jeremy Brett’s iconic Granada films, to the BBC’s international hit Sherlock; we’ve got an American adaptation in Elementary, a Russian iteration of Шерлок Холмс, and of course the fantastic cartoon mouse version that is Basil of Baker Street.
Forget the fight for who might eventually take over the role of James Bond - there’s a Battle of the Brits* on its way in the 68th Emmy Awards. While Benedict Cumberbatch thinks it’s unlikely he’d ever be considered for the iconic spy role (perhaps we can have him as a villain instead) fellow thesps Idris Elba and Tom Hiddleston remain among the favourites to succeed Daniel Craig. All three are nominated for the Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie award and will find out on September 18 who takes the crown.
It’s been one of the most-watched shows so far this year, so fans of The Night Manager will be very sad to hear that the spy drama won’t be returning for a second instalment.
I always struggle to make any definitive statement as to what the single best episode of any one show is, let alone every show. Now, I’m on record as being a pretty big House fan, as well as a pretty big Hugh Laurie fan, so my interest was very much piqued by this. House is absolutely one of my favourite TV shows, and when I noticed that the episode in question was being repeated on Sky Atlantic, I figured I would definitely have to give it a watch, to see if it really does deserve the title of “Best episode of any TV show ever”.
As Pine’s thumb hovered over the call button on that mobile phone, a nation collectively held its breath, waiting for the ‘Boom’ that came so gloriously. You’d have thought Roper would have shot Pine then and there, but the key to this show was the complexity of their relationship. In a season of extraordinary drama on the BBC, The Night Manager will be a massive favourite for the many TV awards at the end of the year.
Over the course of the past six weeks, the BBC has been airing a lavish adaptation of John le Carré’s novel, The Night Manager; each episode reportedly took £3 million to film and produce, spanning locations such as Cairo, Mallorca and Turkey. The miniseries was fronted by a stellar cast, including Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie and Olivia Coleman, and it’s been met with rave reviews.