BBC One is turning to John le Carré for their next drama series.
The broadcaster has ordered a six episode adaptation of the former MI5 & MI6 officer turned author’s novel The Night Manager, TVWise has learned.
The Night Manager tells the story of Jonathan Pine, who is ready to stand up and be counted in the fight against the unholy alliance which operates between the intelligence community and the secret arms trade in the shadowy recesses of Whitehall and Washington. But to infiltrate the inner circle of a lethal and amoral gangster, Pine must himself become a criminal. The novel was originally published in 1993. and, much like the author’s other works, quickly became a bestseller.
The six part series is the first le Carré adaptation to land at the BBC since A Perfect Spy in 1987. It was commissioned by BBC One Controller Charlotte Moore, the BBC’s Controller of Drama Commissioning Ben Stephenson and the BBC’s head of independent drama Polly Hill. The Night Manager is being adapted by David Farr and produced independent production company The Ink Factory, who are currently seeking a US co-production partner.
“It’s a fantastic coup to bring le Carré back to the BBC after almost 30 years”, said Ben Stephenson, the BBC’s Controller of Drama Commissioning. “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.”
While The Ink Factory’s Simon Cornwell added: “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”.