BBC announces adaptation of John Le Carré’s spy novel “The Spy Who Came In From The Cold”

The creative team responsible for crafting “The Night Manager” is taking on the immense task of adapting “The Spy Who Came In From The Cold” into a television mini-series.



With a screenplay written by Simon Beaufoy, “Spy,” the title of the new series, is bound to find as much success as “The Night Manager.”

While Beaufoy is best known for his work on “The Full Monty” (1997) and “Slumdog Millionaire” (2008), the Oscar winning screenwriter also worked on “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen” (2011), “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” (2013), and the soon released sports comedy bio pic “Battle of the Sexes” (2017).

In an article penned by James Gill for Radio Times, Gill writes, “BBC1 has teamed up with US broadcaster AMC following the huge success of ‘The Night Manager,’ which won three Golden Globes and also was named Radio Times’s TV show of the year 2016.”


According to the IMDb page for the newly announced mini-series, it is rumoured Irish actor Aidan Gillen will be portraying Leamas, the heavy-drinking British intelligence officer Richard Burton played in the Martin Ritt directed 1956 big screen adaptation.

With screen credits, inclusive of “Queer as Folk” (1999-2000), “Agatha Christie’s Poirot” (2003), “The Wire” (2004-2008), “Identity” (2010) and the soon released Arthurian film “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” (2017), Gillen is an accomplished actor.

Considering how well “The Night manager” was received, there is little doubt “Spy” will not be equally as successful.