A con man on the run from a vicious gangster takes cover by assuming the identity of his prison cellmate, Pete, reuniting with his estranged family, that threatens to drag him into a world ... See full summary »
An Englishman, Jonathan Pine (played by Tom Hiddleston), is working as the night manager of a Cairo hotel. He gets involved with a local woman who is the girlfriend of a local gangster. Through her relationship with the gangster she has acquired information linking illegal international arms sales with Richard Roper (Hugh Laurie), an English billionaire. She is soon found dead, murdered due to her having this information. Fearing for his own life, Pine flees, ending up working at a remote hotel in Switzerland. Four years pass, and then Roper visits the Swiss hotel. This rekindles Pines thirst for revenge, and he is enlisted by British Intelligence to spy on Roper. What follows is a very dangerous game of intrigue and deception. Written by
The first three episodes were painfully slow. I had hoped they were leading to a complex story with some depth to characters and some surprises and twists which never came in my opinion. The acting was cheesy and I could not bring myself to like or care about any of the characters. The storyline became totally unbelievable in last few episodes but I struggled through to the end. I was hoping for something like the fantastic "The Honourable Women" but was sorely disappointed! I have never written a review on IMDb before but felt I should offer an alternative opinion to the generally rave reviews of this show. Even the great cast couldn't save the flimsy plot and poor writing. The Balearic scenery was the best part.
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