Saturday 18 January 2020

The Night Manager stars Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie rule out a second series

Tom Hiddleston played spy Jonathan Pine
Tom Hiddleston played spy Jonathan Pine

The Night Manager stars Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie have ruled out a second series of the gripping BBC1 spy thriller.

There had been reports that the BBC were considering a follow-up to the hit John le Carre adaptation, but Hiddleston said "the story is complete" as the pair promoted the show in the US.

According to The Sunday Mirror, Hiddleston, who played spy Jonathan Pine and is now hotly tipped as the next James Bond, said: "As it stands, Pine exists for six hours in a mini series. The story feels complete.

"I know the rumours about it extending, but none of that is real."

Co-star Laurie, who played arms dealer Richard Roper, agreed, saying: "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."

The fate of Pine and Roper was left open at the end of the series, with the latter being driven away by a gang of angry Cairo businessmen, leaving many fans hopeful for a sequel.

The Night Manager was based on le Carre's novel of the same name and although he has not written a follow-up novel, there were reportedly advanced talks with The Ink Factory, the production company run by his two sons, for another series based on the same characters.

The BBC's £20 million adaptation of his 1993 novel already featured many changes, including the setting, ending and the gender of Olivia Colman's character Angela Burr.

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