The Night Manager 'to return with Tom Hiddleston' for second season in South America



The Night Manager is set to return to our screens for a highly-anticipated second season, with Tom Hiddleston once again starring in the hit BBC series.

The award-winning spy thriller hit screens in 2016, with Hiddleston as Jonathan Pine starring opposite acting heavyweights Hugh Laurie, Elizabeth Debicki and Olivia Coleman.

A second season is said to be in the works at Amazon Prime Video and the BBC, under the codename Steelworks, will filming reportedly scheduled for later this year in London and South America.

The BBC thriller was based on John le Carre's 1993 novel, but the book does not have a sequel, leaving plenty of intriguing new possibilities for David Farr, who wrote the original and is back to write the second instalment.

It remains to be seen where the storyline for the second season will go
It remains to be seen where the storyline for the second season will go ( BBC)

It remains to be seen where the storyline for the second season will go, but it is understood it will be set in the present day and follow on from the first instalment, instead of being a flashback or stand alone series.

Amazon and the BBC have not yet formally greenlit the sequel season, but Deadline has reported that it will receive not one but two seasons in coming years.

The rumours of a second series swirled almost immediately after the first went off our screens in 2016, after BBC viewers were gripped from the start and Hiddleston was catapulted to new levels of renown, with rumours rife he was a hot contender to replace Daniel Craig as James Bond.

The Night Manager - Jonathan Pine (TOM HIDDLESTON)
The Night Manager - Jonathan Pine, who is played by Tom Hiddleston ( BBC)

The first season saw luxury hotel manager and former British soldier Pine recruited by intelligence operative Angela Burr (Olivia Colman) to go undercover to expose billionaire arms dealer Richard Roper (Hugh Laurie).

The three stars of The Night Manager won Golden Globes, while Danish director Susanne Bier won an Emmy Award, with more than nine million people tuning into the final episode.

House star Hugh Laurie even chilled his co-stars on set by staying in character when the cameras were not rolling, co-star David Harewood told This Morning.

The Night Manager - Roper (HUGH LAURIE), Jonathan Pine (TOM HIDDLESTON)
Hugh Laurie staying in character on set ( BBC)

Asked by This Morning hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby what he was like to work with, David said: "On set he was a bit of a terror.

"He just kind of had this weight to him, that voice he uses, it was just so kind of outlandish and he just became this kind of extreme sort of embodiment."

He added: "Pretty much so. I wasn't on set a lot with him as some of my scenes weren't around him. Every time he came through the hotel lobby he was just so into it, he had a presence."

The BBC declined The Mirror's request for comment.

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