It will come as no surprise to anyone who enjoyed the hugely successful BBC series The Night Manager that it has been shortlisted for yet another award – this time for the scenery used during its filming.


Viewers will recall that much of The Night Manager was set in Mallorca, one of the UK’s favourite holiday destinations. Now, the memorable coastal spots that were chosen to be included have been recognised by experts at the Radio Times, who have included the programme in their list of nominees for 2016’s best TV location.

Six million people tuned in every Sunday evening in February and March this year to follow the espionage series, which was based on the 1993 John le Carre novel and featured a stellar cast of some of the UK’s best-loved actors, including Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie and Olivia Colman.

Tom Hiddleston

Mallorca was not the only well-chosen spot used in The Night Manager, with the beautiful Marrakech, Zermatt, Madrid, Monaco and even the UK’s own North Devon coastline providing more visual delights. As director Susanne Bier explained in an article with the Radio Times, ‘it was deliberate to make it very sexy…the audience get sucked into this world because it’s so lavish and glamorous. We all want to be there even if we know that it’s an evil world. So that world needed to be attractive’.

You can vote for The Night Manager in the Radio Times’ poll here, or plump for one of the alternatives, including The Durrells (filmed in Greece) and Death in Paradise (shot and set in the Caribbean).

As the online version of the magazine explains, ‘one of the joys of TV is that it can transport you to the other side of the world at the push of a button’. However, whilst we all enjoy relaxing in front of the television, there is no substitute for the real thing; you’ll find embarking on solo holidays abroad in beautiful locations like Mallorca much more rewarding than just watching your ideal destinations from afar!

Image Credits: Kim Gage Skidmore