Short story

Here is a picture (from Getty Images, nicked from The Telegraph) of the three main actors in the recent BBC re-working of John Le Carré’s The Night Manager. Left to right: Hugh Laurie, Elizabeth Debicki and Tom Hiddleston.

Debicki - Getty cropped

Here is a picture I took last weekend of the new edition of The Night Manager, on the shelves of W H Smith at Birmingham New Street station. The personnel are the same but in reverse order.

debicki cover

Now, tell me what is wrong with this picture?

Here’s a clue. Elizabeth Debicki has been widely quoted as saying how great is was to act with people as tall as she is. She is 1m 90cm tall.

Here are a couple of other clues: High Laurie is 1m 89cm tall. Tom Hiddleston is 1m 88cm tall. In other words, they are both marginally shorter than Elizabeth Debicki, when all three are in their stockinged feet.

What is wrong with this picture is that the designers have taken about six inches (OK – 15.24cm) off her height. Why? (WHYYYYYYY???!!?) Well, my husband clearly reckons I’m making a mountain out of a molehill on this, and it’s just about making the design work. Or maybe (shades of Father Ted) she’s standing further away (in which case, why does Hugh Laurie look so BIG?).

However, we all know it’s because leading ladies, even the leadingest of ladies, should not appear larger than their leading men. Even in 2016.

All I have to add is that IT SHOULD NOT BLOODY MATTER that the leading lady is as tall as both leading men, and that if I were Elizabeth Debicki, I would be spitting tacks.

Chin-chin! (Or maybe chin-forehead, in this case.)

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Published in: on April 16, 2016 at 21:15  Comments (5)  

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  1. I was expecting you to comment on their necklines! First one, shirt and tie for the gentlemen; second one slightly more relaxed open shirt collars; but plunged necklines (and a bit extra in the second one) for the lady!

    • You have a point! But it was more the fact that they have literally diminished Ms Debicki that really got my goat!

  2. You’d have had my sympathy had you not used metric measures for height – who over 40 instinctively understands these? But then you switch to imperial when six inches get knocked off Ms Debecki’s height!
    Was a good series, though.

    • Well, Paul, I’m 52 and I learned and used metric measurements (alongside Imperial) all the time from primary school upwards! Seriously, though, I tend to think in inches, but I used the cm format for this article because it showed just how tiny the differences were in the height of the three actors. For your comfort and pleasure, here are the heights in feet and inches:
      Tim Hiddleston: approx 6 feet 1/2 inch
      Hugh Laurie: approx 6 feet 1 inch
      Elizabeth Debicki: approx 6 feet 1 1/4 inch.

  3. I knew exactly what you were going to make. Totally agree with you. Sadly it happens all the time.


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