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Tom Hiddleston dismisses second season rumours of The Night Manager

The Night Manager

Story by Jack Foley

TOM Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie have both reportedly ruled out a further series of BBC hit spy drama The Night Manager.

Speaking while promoting the series in the US, Hiddleston said he feels that “the story feels complete”.

“As it stands, Pine exists for six hours in a mini series… I only ever conceived of it as an adaptation of a complete novel,” he said.

“We made some alterations, we updated it so it had a political resonance and we changed the ending a little bit. I know the rumours about it extending, but none of that is real.”

Hiddleston was referring to persistent rumours that the BBC was in talks about a follow-up to the hit John le Carre adaptation, which proved a massive Sunday night ratings success for the Corporation, especially since the fate of the two characters played by Hiddleston and Laurie were left up in the air.

But his comments were backed by co-star Laurie, who added: “It’s based on a novel, we’ve got to the end of the novel and John le Carre has yet to write another novel. So, in cold practical terms, no, we’re done.”

And le Carre’s son, Simon Cornwell, who also served as executive producer on the drama, has also since said that a follow-up seemed unlikely.

“It’s a lovely idea but le Carre has never allowed an adaptation that goes beyond the parameters of the original book. We’re not ruling it out, but we’re not ruling it in.”

The BBC has yet to comment on any of the speculation.

The Night Manager saw Thor star Hiddleston playing concierge-turned-spy Jonathan Pine and followed his attempts to bring down notorious arms dealer Richard Roper (Laurie). The star-studded and critically-acclaimed drama also featured Olivia Colman, Tom Hollander and Elizabeth Debicki.

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