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

PRE-SHOOTING SCRIPT

15-3-15

THE INK FACTORY:

Developed in association with BBC/AMC

1

I/E ZERMATT. PINE’S APARTMENT. EVENING. 1

Looking out the window of a small monk’s cell of a Swiss

mountain-top apartment building: the snow is falling thick

and soft.

Inside the apartment, in the snow-filled silence of early

evening, a MAN, whose face we do not see, is meticulously

clipping his fingernails, one by one. First the left hand,

then the right.

He is wet-shaving, oiling his skin for a smooth finish.

Now he is dressing in a crisp, perfectly ironed white shirt.

The collar is starched and firm.

A dark tie is perfectly tied.

A single breasted dark dinner suit is taken from the hanger

in the closet where another identical suit sits in place.

The buttons of the single breasted suit are polished.

The suit is put on. Shirt tucked in.

The tie placed.

A pair of navy blue socks is placed on to a pair of pale

feet.

A pair of fine black patent-leather shoes are carefully

placed in a small plastic bag for transportation.

A pair of lightweight walking shoes are taken from the drying

rack by the door. And put on over the navy blue socks.

They look incongruous below the dinner suit.

A winter anorak is taken from the hook by the door.

The door is opened. The snow is falling.

1a

I/E. ZERMATT. TRAIN. EVENING. 1a

The sun is just disappearing behind the solitary peak of the

Matterhorn as THE MAN takes the little train down the

mountain.

We do not see his face.

2

EXT. ZERMATT. HILLSIDE STREAM. MEISTERS HOTEL. EVENING. 2

The lone figure, distant amidst the Alpine winter landscape,

makes the walk from the station to the glinting evening

lights of a high-class Swiss hotel that overlooks the luxury

resort of Zermatt.

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3

INT. ZERMATT. MEISTERS HOTEL. LOBBY. EVENING. 3

From the comfort of the concierge’s office, FRAULEIN VIPP,

60, Austrian, seriously old-school receptionist, looks up to

see a figure walk out from the staff changing-rooms.

It is our MAN. He is now wearing the black leather shoes.

The hair is oiled, short. Everything is in its place.

The face that we see now for the first time is composed.

Thirty three years old. A secret to all men. And to himself.

JONATHAN PINE.

PINE:

Guten abend, Fraulein Vipp.

FRAULEIN VIPP:

Guten abend, Herr Pine.

JONATHAN PINE smiles.

3a

INT. MEISTERS HOTEL. NIGHT 3a

As PINE goes about his nightly duties:

He locks a door with a hefty set of keys.

He sets the NIGHT ALARM.

He heaves a crate of beer down into the cellar.

He paces a corridor, trying a door handle here, a window

latch there.

He surveys the contents of the HOTEL SAFE - jots a note on a

clipboard, closes the safe and spins the tumbler.

4

INT. ZERMATT. MEISTERS HOTEL. LOBBY. NIGHT. 4

The clock Swiss-ly chimes eleven.

It’s dark outside now and JONATHAN PINE sits in the office

behind reception typing on the hotel computer.

A voice, female, interrupts his reverie.

SYBILLE:

Aren’t you going you to say good

evening?

He looks up. She is 18, pretty, dressed in strangely formal

clothes, one of the moneyed French. SYBILLE. Dines out on

pouting melancholy.

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PINE:

Bonsoir mademoiselle. Ou est votre

mere?

PINE (CONT’D)

She’s asleep in our room. I sneaked

out.

She sounds the second syllable - sneaked. And eyes PINE, with

pouting intent.

PINE (CONT’D)

Well, I think it would probably be

best if you sneaked back in.

She ignores him.

SYBILLE:

What do you do every night? Just

sit here. Nothing happens. No one

comes. I’d kill myself.

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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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