Magazine article Screen International

Le Carré's 'The Spy Who Came in from the Cold' Set for BBC1

Magazine article Screen International

Le Carré's 'The Spy Who Came in from the Cold' Set for BBC1

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BBC1 is hoping to repeat the success of The Night Manager after ordering an adaptation of John le Carré's The Spy Who Came In From The Cold.

The broadcaster has again partnered with AMC to commission The Ink Factory to produce the spy thriller set in 1962 at the height of the Cold War, just after the construction of the Berlin Wall.

Slumdog Millionaire writer Simon Beaufoy will adapt the book, in which British intelligence officer Alex Leamas is offered a chance for revenge after many of his agents are exposed by East German counter-intelligence officer Hans-Dieter Mundt.

* Read: The story behind 'The Night Manager'

The Ink Factory, the indie established by le Carré's sons Stephen and Simon Cornwell, will produce the series in association with Kudos founder Stephen Garrett's new drama indie Character Seven.

The Spy Who Came In From The Cold was commissioned by director of content by Charlotte Moore and controller of drama Piers Wenger. It will be distributed by Paramount.

Wenger described the plot of le Carré's novel as "utterly timely in its evocation of the Cold War". …

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