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One Great George Street in The Night Manager

Date posted: 03.03.2016

Tom Hiddleston (Crimson Peak) takes the lead role in BBC's television drama adaption of John le Carré's espionage thriller of the same name, The Night Manager.

Award-winning Danish director Susanne Bier (Serena) helms David Farr's (Hanna) screenplay, whilst the production sees an all star British cast join Hiddleston, including Hugh Laurie (Tomorrowland), Olivia Colman (London Road) and Tom Hollander (Rev).

The series sees an intelligence operative recruit Jonathan Pine, a former British soldier turned hotel night manager, to infiltrate the inner workings of the secret arms trade. Pine operates with Whitehall and Washington DC, using the alliance to carry out his mission. The adaptation has been given a politically contextual update, opening in the midst of 2011's Arab Spring.

Double agent

A firm favourite amongst location managers for its air of official grandeur and Westminster location, the Grade II listed historic building One Great George Street, also known as the headquarters of the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE), has a track record in accommodating various shoots and schedules.

It certainly chimed with the politically themed location brief for the series. Tom Howard, Location Manager, explains "The Night Manager scripts needed an official Whitehall environment, and ICE offered us the scale and scope the director required."

The Grand Hall, which Howard says "never fails to impress", the main stairs and the upper landing were filmed, along with the library. This room was not originally intended to be in the script, but Bier incorporated it into a scene, testament to the versatility of the location.

Perry Simmonds, Events Manager at One Great George Street, elaborates on ICE's adaptability, saying "our conveniently-located and diverse spaces - from magical, old-world libraries to the jaw-dropping Great Hall - are ideal for lavish, period TV series or films".

Building alliances

With their long experience in hosting film crews, the location worked together easily with the production team.  Howard said "I have filmed at ICE a few times in my career and I enjoy each time. The staff are very experienced in managing filming; they understand the needs of production, from set dressing to allowing us to bring lunch into the basement dining room for a running lunch."

In addition to this, technical parking was available right outside the venue for the production's convenience, and with Sunday filming, the area around the location was quiet and easily manageable.

Simmonds said the production was "a pleasure to work with", adding "while it was a busy period for the venue either side of the filming, we worked together to ensure a stress-free environment for the cast and crew."

The series is currently airing on BBC1, and can be caught up with on BBC iPlayer.

About the location

One Great George Street is an award-winning Grade II listed conference and events venue, situated in the heart of Westminster. An elegant and historic building, it opened in 1913, and features an impressive marbled entrance hall, magnificent dome and spacious surroundings.

It has previously appeared in films and television series including Woman in Gold, In the Loop, Eyes Wide Shut, Silent Witness, Spooks and Foyle's War.

Features include:

  • Grand staircase
  • Large entrance foyer with stone walls and columns
  • French marble floors
  • Elaborate fireplaces
  • Ornate oak panelled rooms
  • Gold leaf detail
  • Large chandeliers
  • Oak wood floors
  • Great Hall ballroom
  • Portland stone exterior

For filming enquiries please contact Jayna Patel on 020 7665 2322 or jaynap@onegreatgeorgestreet.com 


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