‘The Night Manager’ producer hints that a second series is possible

Spy drama starring Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie was a huge hit earlier this year (2016)

Simon Cornwall, producer of TV smash The Night Manager, has suggested there could yet be a second series.

Based on John Le Carré‘s 1993 spy novel, The Night Manager aired on BBC One in February and March and became a huge ratings hit, attracting between eight and 10 million viewers an episode.

Stars Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie have previously dismissed rumours that a second series is in the works, citing the lack of source material. “It’s based on a novel, we’ve got to the end of the novel and John Le Carré has yet to write another novel, so in cold practical terms, no, we’re done,” Laurie said in April.


However, producer Cornwall – who is also LeCarré’s nephew – has now said that a second series is by no means impossible. “Of course, the broadcasters would love to do another series,” he told Radio Times at a Royal Television Society event last night (October 11).

“There’s no book and there’s never been a Le Carré story that has been extended beyond the confines of the novel. It would be interesting to try that,” he continued.

“We wouldn’t do something that we didn’t feel had a fighting chance of being even better than the first one. We might not succeed, but I think if you don’t go in with ambition, there’s actually no point in doing it.”

Watch the BBC’s original trailer for The Night Manager below.