Playhouse Presents

Series 1 - 9. Playhouse Presents: The Man

Radio Times
Review by:
Mark Braxton

This provocative mini-drama from Sandi Toksvig begins cryptically, with a fledgeling banker (Hayley Atwell) invited to a huge country pile to meet new clients. They include a professor (Stephen Fry) and his colleague (Zoë Wanamaker), plus a mysterious Swede – the Man of the title (Stellan Skarsgaard). Over a card game she learns just how wide-ranging her remit is when their discussions take in China, Sars and al-Qaeda. “I feel like I’m in some kind of f***ing Dan Brown novel,” she explodes.

Stephen Fry is suitably Fry-ish and academic, while the “people and power” theme plays out chillingly. It’s another impressive, starry outing in an anthology series that gives writers freedom to gamble.

About this programme

9/10. Sandi Toksvig's drama starring Hayley Atwell as a young banker who visits a hotel to meet some clients - but ends up receiving a horrifying lesson in how the world really works from a trio of power-brokers. With Zoe Wanamaker, Stephen Fry and Stellan Skarsgard.

Cast and crew


The banker
Hayley Atwell
The European
Stephen Fry
The woman
Zoe Wanamaker
The man
Stellan Skarsgard
Security guard
Tony Cosh


Sandi Toksvig