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AIRDATE: The Night Manager gets free-to-air premiere on SBS

ProgrammingKevin Perry

12 months after it first premiered in Australia on BBC First, the eight-part spy drama series The Night Manager will have its free-to-air premiere on SBS in March.

The multi-award-winning drama, which is based on the best seller by John le Carré, will air on Wednesday, 22 March at 8.30pm as a double episode and then continue Wednesdays, 9.30pm on SBS.

The drama is a contemporary interpretation of John le Carré’s novel with same title. The TV series, which opens in Cairo, follows the story of a hotel night manager who is recruited by a government agent to infiltrate the trusted inner circle of a ruthless arms dealer. The critically acclaimed series features an outstanding cast including; Tom Hiddleston (Thor) and Hugh Laurie (House), both of whom won a Golden Globe for their performance in The Night Manager and Australia’s very own and AACTA award-winning, Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby).

The Night Manager is set at the height of the Arab Spring, where hotel night manager, Jonathan Pine (Tom Hiddleston) receives a plea from an elegant, well-connected guest. Compelled to do what he thinks is right, Pine makes contact with his friend at the British Embassy - but his actions unwittingly draw him into the terrifying world of ruthless arms dealer, Richard Roper (Hugh Laurie). Soon he is recruited by a government agent to infiltrate Roper’s trusted inner circle.