LONDON — The TV adaptation of John le Carré’s “The Night Manager,” which premiered in the U.S. Tuesday on AMC, has been picked up by streaming platform Youku Tudou in China and the French broadcaster FranceTV. The deals were negotiated by IMG on behalf of production company The Ink Factory, which is run by le Carré’s sons Stephen and Simon Cornwell.
The miniseries, which stars Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston, recently completed its six-week run in the U.K. on a ratings high, consistently winning its time slot with an average of 6.3 million overnight viewers. It has already been sold to Tele München Gruppe for German-speaking Europe, C More and TV4 for the Nordic territories, DR for Denmark, Sky Italia for Italy, BBC First and SBS for Australia, TV3 for New Zealand, and AMC International for Iberia, Eastern Europe, Russia, Asia (excluding Japan), Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East.
Simon Cornwell, co-CEO at The Ink Factory, said: “We are thrilled to see the incredible global response to ‘The Night Manager,’ which has now been sold to networks covering over 188 countries. 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 series follows former British soldier Jonathan Pine (Hiddleston) as he navigates the shadowy recesses of British and U.S. government circles 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 (Laurie), Pine must himself become a criminal.
The show is directed by Susanne Bier, and co-stars Olivia Colman, Tom Hollander, Elizabeth Debicki and David Harewood.