The Night Manager script
The Night Manager  Season #1 Episode #2 (2016)
Synopsis: The Night Manager is a British television serial directed by Susanne Bier and starring Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie, Olivia Colman, David Harewood, Tom Hollander and Elizabeth Debicki. It is based on the 1993 novel of the same name by John le Carré and adapted by David Farr to the present day. The six-part serial began broadcasting on BBC One on 21 February 2016. In the United States, it began on 19 April 2016 on AMC. IMG sold the serial internationally to over 180 countries.

Episode 2

THE INK FACTORY:

Developed in association with BBC/AMC

1

INT. MALLORCA. ROPER’S VILLA. BATHROOM. DAY. 1

A beautiful mirrored bathroom.

A young woman is in the bubble-strewn, gold-tapped bath,

casually shaving her legs in the hot water.

She climbs fast out of the bath.

She chucks on a bath-robe, walks into the cabin bedroom.

She sits at a make-up table and chucks on her make-up.

She removes the bath-robe.

She quickly moisturises her skin.

She chooses her underwear for the night.

White so as not to show?

Or black so as to?

She chooses white.

Her mobile phone rings, buzzes on the side table. It says M

on her phone.

She stares at it.

She stares at herself in the mirror.

She is JED.

Deep breath.

She answers.

JED:

Mum?

2

INT. JED’S MOTHER’S HOUSE. KITCHEN. DAY. 2

INTERCUT WITH THIS SCENE: A middle-aged woman sits in a chair

in a messy and poor kitchen somewhere in smalltown America.

It’s raining outside. We only see her half-blurred. JED’s

MOTHER.

JED’S MOTHER

I didn’t think you’d pick up.

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3 INT. MALLORCA. ROPER’S VILLA. BATHROOM. DAY. 3

JED:

Mum you know the deal. I call you.

You don’t call me.

You ashamed to talk to me?

JED (CONT’D)

Of course not. Listen I can’t talk

now. We’re going out.

JED’S MOTHER (ON PHONE)

Where are you going?

JED:

Just some place on the island.

JED’S MOTHER

I bet the weather’s just fine.

JED stares out the window. The weather is stunning.

JED:

How’s Billy?

JED’S MOTHER

As if you care.

Beat.

JED’S MOTHER (CONT’D)

They say he doesn’t even ask about

you any more.

MOTHER’s breath is heavy, slightly slurred but no less deadly

for that.

JED:

I don’t want to talk to you when

you’re like this. OK? There’ll be

more money coming end of the month.

That’s why you called, right?

JED’S MOTHER

Just remember one thing honey.

You’re nothing but a dirty whore.

And whores are like eggs. There’s a

time comes when they start to

stink...

JED hangs up the phone. Switches it off.

Makes a sudden grab for a bottle of pills in a bottom drawer.

But the bottle is empty.

JED:

Shit.

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Stares at herself in the mirror.

Gathers herself. Her eye make-up is slightly smudged. She

corrects it carefully. Steady hand.

Suddenly on impulse removes the white underwear, replaces it

with black.

A knock at the door. She quickly checks - no sign of tears.

JED (CONT’D)

Is that you darling? Come in.

The door opens. It’s a seven year old boy. DANIEL. He blushes

to see her in her underwear.

JED (CONT’D)

Danny I’m sorry I thought it was

your father.

DANIEL:

Dad says we need to go.

JED:

I know, I’m just coming.

She slips on her summer dress, grabs some shoes, checks

herself in the mirror. Yes the underwear shows through just a

little. Turns. That smile.

JED (CONT’D)

How do I look?

4 EXT. MALLORCA. ROPER’S VILLA. TERRACE. DAY. 4

RICHARD ROPER is dressed in an impeccable linen suit. He

stands on the verandah, accompanied by several guests, all

ready for the night’s dinner.

ROPER is talking to SANDY LANGBOURNE while Sandy’s wife and

young NANNY wait with the kids and a group of other guests

including CORKORAN, FRISKY and TABBY.

ROPER:

So, I ended up losing 15 mil, all

because Corky hates Italians.

Some laughter, and a rueful smile from CORKORAN.

CORKORAN:

That is one version, Chief.

ROPER:

It’s the version.

JED appears with DANIEL, still holding his hand. She looks

ravishing.

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ROPER (CONT’D)

Ah there you are. I thought you’d

drowned in that bath.

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David Nelson Farr (born 1955) is an American business executive. He is the chairman and CEO of Emerson Electric Company, a Fortune 500 company. Farr has worked at the company since 1981. He is married with two children and is a resident of Ladue, Missouri. On October 25, 2011, IBM announced Farr was elected to its board of directors, and he joined the board on January 1, 2012. more…

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