BBC announce new adaptation of John le Carre novel

Following the success of The Night Manager, it’s not surprising that BBC and AMC are reteaming on a new adaptation of a book from John le Carre.

This time Simon Beaufoy, who won an Oscar for his screenplay for Slumdog Millionaire, will adapt The Spy Who Came In From The Cold. The novel is set at the height of the Cold War, and follows the story of a British intelligence officer stationed in East Berlin, only two months after the Berlin Wall was built in 1962.

The novel was previously adapted in 1965 for the big screen, and the film starred Richard Burton. Le Carre has shown he is eager to see a new, televised take on his thriller. “I’m very excited by the project, and have great confidence in the team.”

“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,” said controller of Drama for BBC, Piers Wenger.

The Spy Who Came In From the Cold will air in the UK on BBC and in the US on AMC. No date has yet been set.