John Le Carre adaptation The Night Manager, starring Tom Hiddlestone and Hugh Laurie, has racked up some more big sales for The Ink Factor and IMG. Streaming platform Youku Tudou will show the hit drama in China while FranceTV has taken French broadcasting rights. The show, which proved a critical and ratings hit for the BBC, had its US debut on AMC yesterday.
“We are thrilled to see the incredible global response to The Night Manager, which has now been sold to networks covering over 188 countries,” said Ink Factory co-chief exec Simon Cornwell. “It has been wonderful working with IMG to ensure that this internationally resonant series is seen and enjoyed by audiences the world over, and we are proud to have built such a strong group of broadcast partners.” “
The Night Manager averaged 6.3M overnight viewers for the BBC during its six week run. One particular sex scene achieved genuine water cooler status while leading man Tom Hiddlestone’s performance as a former British soldier turned intelligence operative.
Adapted by David Farr and directed by Susanne Bier, the miniseries marked the first television adaptation of a le Carré novel in more than 20 years. It follows former British soldier Jonathan Pine (Hiddleston), who is recruited by an intelligence operative named Burr (Olivia Colman) to navigate the shadowy recesses of Whitehall and Washington, where an unholy alliance operates between the intelligence community and the secret arms trade. To infiltrate the inner circle of lethal arms dealer Richard Onslow Roper (Hugh Laurie), which includes girlfriend Jed (Elizabeth Debicki) and an associate named Corcoran (Tom Hollander), Pine must himself become a criminal.
The Night Manager is produced by The Ink Factory, BBC One and AMC. Executive producers are Stephen Cornwell and Simon Cornwell for The Ink Factory, Stephen Garrett, David Farr, and Polly Hill.