John le Carre novel to be adapted for new BBC series

By Nathaniel Dalby - Mon 16th Jan 2017 News

More spy thrills will hit BBC One next year.

 

The BBC will adapt another novel by author John le Carre after the success of The Night Manager

The Spy Who Came In From The Cold will be adapted by Oscar-winning writer Simon Beaufoy, who wrote the screenplay for Slumdog Millionaire

The story follows Alec Leamas, a British Intelligence officer during the building of the Berlin Wall.

The novel has already been adapted into a film starring Richard Burton in 1965, one of the many times le Carre’s works have been adapted for the screen. 

Last year’s The Night Manager, starring Tom Hiddleston, proved hugely popular with viewers, spurring the BBC on to create more adaptations of the spy novels.

Hiddleston recently won a Golden Globe award for his performance, with supporting actress Olivia Colman and the show itself also winning awards.

Much like The Night Manager, production will once again be shared between the BBC and US network AMC, allowing for a larger budget. 

John le Carre said he was “very excited” by the project and has confidence in the team adapting it. 

Controller of BBC Drama, Piers Wenger, said that The Spy Who Came In From The Cold was one of the best spy thrillers ever. 

"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."

The show will air on BBC One, though a release date has yet to be revealed.

Source: BBC News