BBC To Adapt The Spy Who Came In From The Cold

Following on from the success of The Night Manager, AMC & the BBC have now announced that they are to co-produce John le Carré’s novel The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, which will be adapted by Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire).

It is 1962: the height of the Cold War and only months after the building of the Berlin Wall. Alex Leamas is a British intelligence officer whose East Berlin network is in tatters. His agents are either on the run or dead at the hands of East German spy Hans-Dieter Mundt.

Leamas is recalled to London where, to his surprise, he’s offered a chance at revenge. But to get it, he may have to stay out in the cold a little longer.

Controller of BBC Drama, Piers Wenger, says: “Following the huge global success of The Night Manager, it’s a privilege to announce that John Le Carré will return to BBC One with one of the best spy thrillers ever written… The Spy Who Came In From The Cold is utterly timely in its evocation of the Cold War period.”

The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, which topped the New York Times best seller list for 32 weeks, was made into a movie in 1965, directed by Martin Ritt and which starred Richard Burton, Claire Bloom, and Oskar Werner.