Is a second series of The Night Manager actually happening?

It certainly looks like it…

Tom Hiddleston
Tom Hiddleston set hearts aflutter across the nation when he played Jonathan Pine, an former British soldier turned hotel manager who gets embroiled in an MI5 investigation into entrepreneur with a criminal alliance. Based on the novel by John le Carré, it s completely and utterly gripping.

It certainly looks like it…

Ever since The Night Manager first graced our screens in 2016, we have been holding out for a second instalment.

Based on John le Carré’s 1993 novel, the six episode BBC crime drama follows former British soldier Jonathon Pine, as he becomes involved in a mission to spy on Richard Roper, a secret arms dealer. The programme is best known, however, for making us fall hopelessly in love with Tom Hiddleston and turning him into the man of 2016.

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The BBC drama wasn’t expected to be extended into a second series, with the six-part programme tying up all of its storylines. Considering the extent of its success, however, it would be stupid not to, with the drama winning two Primetime Emmy awards, and Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie and Olivia Coleman all winning Golden Globes for their performances in the series.

Thankfully, it looks like our prayers may have finally been answered, with Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie and Olivia Coleman reportedly signing up for a part two.

‘Hugh, Tom and Olivia are all committed, we’re just working on the story, and then it’s down to availability,’ revealed a series insider. ‘It’s like a Venn diagram to bring these three actors together to film another series.’

In the past, however, both Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie have insisted that a sequel was not on the cards, explaining that they are done.

‘The story feels complete,’ Tom Hiddleston previously explained. ‘I know the rumours about it extending, but none of that is real’. This was then backed up by Hugh Laurie who insisted ‘It’s based on a novel, we’ve got to the end of the novel and John le Carré has yet to write another novel, so in cold practical terms, no, we’re done.’

We’re thrilled that everyone seems to have changed their minds.

Jenny Proudfoot
Features Editor

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