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Episode #1.2 

Angela Burr persuades Jonathan to work undercover for her clandestine operation, and he immediately goes about creating a false identity in order to get close to Richard Roper.


Susanne Bier


John le Carré (based on the novel by), David Farr (creator) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Elizabeth Debicki ... Jed Marshall
Nancy Baldwin Nancy Baldwin ... Jed's Mother
Noah Jupe ... Daniel Roper
Hugh Laurie ... Richard Roper
Tom Hollander ... Lance Corkoran
Alistair Petrie ... Sandy Langbourne
Natasha Little ... Caroline Langbourne
Michael Nardone ... Frisky
Hovik Keuchkerian ... Tabby
Alice Bier Zanden Alice Bier Zanden ... Nanny
Gregor Acuña-Pohl Gregor Acuña-Pohl ... Head Waiter Jorge
Mario de la Rosa ... Albanian 1
Sean Adames ... Albanian 2
Tom Hiddleston ... Jonathan Pine
Olivia Colman ... Angela Burr


Angela Burr sends Jonathan, out to avenge Sophie Alekan, to Devon, to present himself as vicious drug dealer Tom Quince, a successful ruse helped by money from American agent Joel Steadman. Six months later he is working on the island of Mallorca where Roper and Jed are living with his little boy Daniel. Whilst the trio are at a restaurant with Roper's friends Lance Corkoran and Lord and Lady Langbourne Albanian thugs break in and kidnap Daniel for ransom but are thwarted by Jonathan. Unaware that the whole exercise has been staged a grateful Roper welcomes Jonathan into his circle, despite Corkoran's suspicions. In London Burr and Steadman congratulate themselves that MI6 are unaware of their plan. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Several characters talk about paella, pronouncing it "pah-EHL-lah". The correct pronunciation is "pah-EH-yah". See more »


[last lines]
Richard Onslow Roper: [to Jonathan] You sleep now. Tomorrow we find out who you really are.
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Fun but not very original
23 April 2016 | by tenshi_ippikiookamiSee all my reviews

The second episode of the mini-series offers some nice touches and some others that just reek of conventionality. It is, though, as with the first episode, another nice showing of good acting, direction and plot development.

Pine gets in contact with Angela, who convinces him to help in stopping Roper once and for all. So now our hero has to go to the dark side to get into Roper's inner circle and help in destroying it.

As with the first episode, the visuals, and the acting are very very good. We have a chance to see more of Laurie, who it is pretty easy to see is enjoying this dark character. Olivia Colman is great too as Angela, Pine's "boss". This is Hiddleston's show, though, and he dominates with his calm and cool presence.

The first part is very good, but then the show falls a little bit into conventionality, with a couple of plot developments that could have been avoided, and that take a little bit from the story, and bring a sense of spy-of-the-week to the series. Nonetheless the quality of everyone involved is good enough to keep the series on the right side.

And the game between Laurie's Roper and Hiddleston's Pine has just started...

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26 April 2016 (USA) See more »

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Zermatt, Switzerland See more »


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