BBC One commissions new adaptation of John le Carré’s The Night Manager

Le Carré’s tale of spies and criminality for BBC1

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BBC One has commissioned a major new six-part adaptation of John le Carré‘s The Night Manager, in the complex story of love, loss, revenge and criminality.

Adapted by David Farr and produced by The Ink Factory, the spy drama will be the first BBC television adaptation of a le Carré novel for almost 30 years.

In the shadowy recesses of Whitehall and Washington an unholy alliance operates between the intelligence community and the secret arms trade. Jonathan Pine is ready to stand up and be counted in the fight against this ultimate heart of darkness.

To infiltrate the inner circle of a lethal and amoral gangster, Pine must himself become a criminal.

Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning, says: “It’s a fantastic coup to bring le Carré back to the BBC after almost 30 years. He is quite simply one of the greatest spy novelists of our time and it’s a real privilege to bring his work to a broad BBC One audience.”

Simon Cornwell of The Ink Factory adds: “We are delighted to be bringing John le Carré back to the BBC. The Night Manager is a rich, layered and exciting book. David Farr’s approach to the adaptation does full justice to the original in a thoroughly contemporary context, and brings its own unique energy to the piece.”