The Night Manager Scores Two-Season Renewal


The BBC and Prime Video have ordered second and third seasons of The Night Manager, which aired its first in 2016.

Season two, which will see Tom Hiddleston (Loki, The Essex Serpent) reprise his role as Jonathan Pine, will pick up eight years after the finale of season one. Hugh Laurie (All the Light We Cannot See, Veep), who starred in the first season, will be an executive producer.

The Night Manager, inspired by characters in John le Carré’s best-selling novel, is produced by The Ink Factory (The Pigeon Tunnel, The Little Drummer Girl), in association with Character 7, Demarest Films and 127 Walls, and in co-production with Spanish partner Nostromo Pictures.

The new seasons are once again written by series creator David Farr. Stephen Garrett will return to lead the production of the series. Georgi Banks-Davies (I Hate Suzie, Paper Girls) is attached to direct all six episodes of season two, which is set to begin filming later this year.

The new seasons will premiere on BBC One and iPlayer in the U.K. and on Prime Video globally outside of the U.K. Fifth Season is handling global distribution of the series.

“The first series of The Night Manager was one of the most creatively fulfilling projects I have ever worked on,” Hiddleston said. “The depth, range and complexity of Jonathan Pine was, and remains, a thrilling prospect. I’m so looking forward to reuniting with Simon and Stephen Cornwell, David Farr and Stephen Garrett, and to working with Georgi Banks-Davies to tell the next chapter of our story. I can’t wait.”

“John le Carré’s work has long been an inspiration to me, and working closely with him on season one was an honor and a pleasure,” Farr commented. “I did not tread lightly into extending The Night Manager beyond the original book, but an idea came to me a couple of years ago which felt truthful to that unique world of dark corners and shady identities. No one marries the suspense of espionage with a deep exploration of the human soul quite like le Carré. I hope that, in some way, we can pay homage to his uneasy genius in this new exploration. I am thrilled to be working again with Tom Hiddleston, Stephen Garrett and The Ink Factory team and to be welcoming the brilliant director Georgi Banks-Davies into our ranks.”

Simon Cornwell and Stephen Cornwell, co-CEOs and founders of The Ink Factory, said, “The Night Manager’s original series was a landmark moment for the golden era of television—uniting on-screen and behind-the-camera talent at the top of their game—and an audience reception which was beyond our wildest imagining. We are thrilled to be reuniting with David, Stephen Garrett and the inimitable Tom to continue the journey of The Night Manager with the BBC and [Prime Video]. Revisiting the story of Pine also means going beyond the events of John le Carré’s original work; that is a decision we have not taken lightly, but his compelling characters and the vision David has for their next chapter were irresistible.”

“After years of fervent speculation, I’m incredibly excited to confirm that The Night Manager is returning to the BBC for two more series,” said Charlotte Moore, chief content officer at the BBC. “The multi-award winning-show was lauded by audiences and critics and catapulted British drama onto the global stage in 2016. Glamorous and sophisticated, it had the nation hooked. Bold storytelling and a stellar lineup in front of and behind the camera made it unmissable viewing, and the scale and ambition behind the new season will take it to even greater heights.”

Vernon Sanders, head of television at Amazon MGM Studios, added, “We are elated to bring additional seasons of The Night Manager to our Prime Video customers. The combination of terrific source material, the wonderful team at The Ink Factory, a great writer in David Farr, an award-winning director in Georgi Banks-Davies, as well as the talented cast, truly make the series the full package. We’re excited to be back in business with the BBC and look forward to continuing the show’s journey with The Night Manager team.”