The Night Manager to return for second season
Story by Jack Foley
HIT BBC spy drama The Night Manager is to return for a second series.
Director Susanne Bier told Broadcast that a script was “slowly being developed” for the follow-up, with attention being paid to ensuring that it would live up to the original.
Based on the novel by John le Carre [published in 1993], The Night Manager starred Tom Hiddleston as former soldier Jonathan Pine, who goes undercover to expose billionaire arms dealer Richard Roper (Hugh Laurie).
The ratings success of the series, coupled with its acclaim and subsequent awards success, has always made a second season a possibility, even though the book itself does not have a sequel.
Bier told Broadcast: “We all very much want to do a season two, but the thing we absolutely do not want is to do something that does not live up to the level of season one. That would be a really bad idea.”
Hiddleston has already said he is open to the possibility of revisiting the character.
More than nine million people watched the finale of The Night Manager on the BBC last March.
Its three stars – including Olivia Colman – won Golden Globes, while Danish director Bier won an Emmy Award.
In related news, The Night Manager‘s author, John Le Carre, has also announced his intention to bring back fictional spy George Smiley in a new novel. The book will mark the character’s first appearance in print for 25 years.
A Legacy of Spies will be published in September.
The BBC, meanwhile, is also adapting le Carre’s The Spy Who Came In From The Cold, in which Smiley also appears, which will air next year.