The Night Manager script
The Night Manager  Season #1 Episode #4 (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.

1 INT. MALLORCA. ROPER’S VILLA. OFFICE/LIVING SPACE. DAY. INT. MALLORCA. ROPER’S VILLA. OFFICE/LIVING SPACE. DAY. 1

DICKY ROPER’s face is staring right at camera.

ROPER:

Want to know how it works?

PINE’s face. Close-up. He smiles. Nods.

ROPER’s face, close up.

ROPER (CONT’D)

Fig leaf operation. You’re the fig

leaf. Straw man the Germans called

it. Andrew Birch. Director of

Tradepass Holdings. 34 years old.

Merchant venturer, decent record in

commerce, no skeletons, no murky

past. Maybe we’ve done deals

before, maybe we haven’t, let them

guess. I go to the clowns - George

and his friends, the brokers, the

venture boys, flexible banks and I

say “Got a very smart cookie here,

brilliant plan, needs backing,

something to do with agricultural

hardware, global roll-out, quick

profits, my gift to you. He’s

young, he’s handsome, he’s good

with the right people, didn’t want

you missing out. It’s called

Tradepass. Double your money in

four months max.” It’s trust Dicky

time. Very tight circle, few chaps

as possible. We register the

company in Cyprus, bank in Geneva,

no questions asked, no accounts to

be filed. You’re my lead actor,

you’re my main man, you’re my star.

We make the deal, no one knows what

we’re really buying, no one wants

to know, no one cares, they just

want money, they don’t want to know

what’s really at stake, they

wouldn’t sleep at night, they

wouldn’t wake up with their perfect

wives in their perfect beds and

make breakfast for their perfect

little children, little eggs in

china cups, they mustn’t know how

the money is made, no one must know

Andrew. Just you and me. We know.

Our eyes are OPEN.

Beat

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ROPER (CONT’D)

And then. When the deal’s done, and

the profits taken, the company

ceases trading, disappears off the

face of the earth. Something

happened. No one knows what. Except

us. We know.

PINE:

And what did happen?

ROPER smiles. A door opens. ROPER swivels fast.

It’s JED.

JED:

Listen it’s eleven o’clock.

Beat. She stares coolly at PINE and ROPER who are standing

side by side.

JED (CONT’D)

What’s going on?

ROPER:

It’s a business meeting that’s

what. I thought I told you.

A coldness between them is apparent.

JED:

A business meeting with Thomas?

ROPER:

Not Thomas. Andrew. Andrew is

coming aboard.

He stares at her defiantly.

JED:

Well in case you and Andrew forgot,

Danny’s leaving now. I thought you

might want to take him to the

airport.

ROPER:

No you take him. I don’t have the

time.

JED:

Why don’t you tell him that

yourself.

DANIEL appears carrying a picture of some flowers. Not just

any flowers. The flowers PINE put in the room.

ROPER:

What’s that?

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DANNY:

It’s a goodbye present.

DANIEL blushes. Hands it to ROPER. Beat.

ROPER:

My god I think the boy’s got

talent.

Beat.

ROPER (CONT’D)

Right. Time you were going.

DANIEL:

Aren’t you coming?

Beat. ROPER stares at him.

ROPER:

Can’t I’m afraid. Your mother will

be at the other end. Come on be a

man.

DANNY turns, upset, walks out of the room. JED stares at

ROPER. Then at PINE. As ROPER stares at this rather sad,

rather lovely painting.

TITLE:
THE NIGHT MANAGER

2 EXT. LONDON STREETS. DAY. 2

REX MAYHEW is cycling. Rush hour, busy traffic. But he has

taken this road many times before.

He turns into the two-lane road that takes him from Swiss

Cottage down to St John’s Wood.

A grey van comes up behind him. MAYHEW eases into the middle

to let it pass on his left.

But it does not.

MAYHEW looks back, he can’t see who is driving.

Then the van accelerates alongside on his left.

MAYHEW continues to cycle.

Then another van comes up on his right, both vans drive at

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David Farr

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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