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BBC to adapt John le Carre's The Spy Who Came In From The Cold

The Night Manager

Story by Jack Foley

THE BBC has announced plans to adapt John le Carre’s classic spy novel The Spy Who Came In From The Cold.

The news comes as no surprise following the success of Golden Globe-winning The Night Manager last year.

Set at the height of the Cold War, the book follows Alec Leamas, a hard-drinking British intelligence officer whose East Berlin network is in tatters. His agents are either on the run or dead – victims of the East German counter-intelligence officer Hans-Dieter Mundt in the aftermath of the building of The Berlin Wall in 1962.

Leamas is recalled to London where he is subsequently offered a chance at revenge.

The novel, written in 1963, was originally made into a film starring Richard Burton in 1965 but le Carre said he was looking forward to seeing it on screen again.

It is to be adapted by Simon Beaufoy, the Oscar-winning writer of Slumdog Millionaire.

Beaufoy commented: “It’s incredibly exciting to be working on the best Cold War spy story ever written.”

The show will also be produced by The Ink Factory, the production company behind The Night Manager, in association with Character 7.

Piers Wenger, controller of BBC Drama, said: “Following the huge global success of The Night Manager, it’s a privilege to announce that John le Carre will return to BBC One with one of the best spy thrillers ever written.”

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