‘The Night Manager’ Producers in Talks for Second Season With BBC (Report)

'The Night Manager' Producers in Talks

LONDON — The producers of BBC-AMC spy thriller “The Night Manager,” starring Tom Hiddleston, Olivia Colman and Hugh Laurie, are in talks with the U.K. broadcaster to greenlight a second season after stellar ratings in the U.K. for the new show.

The £20 million ($28.7 million) six-episode first season, which launches in the U.S. on AMC on April 19, has been attracting up to 8 million viewers to its Sunday evening slot on flagship channel BBC One. The adaptation of John Le Carré’s novel even beat the latest drama series from “Downton Abbey” creator Julian Fellowes, “Doctor Thorne.” Now it appears the public broadcaster wants more.

Talks with the lead producers, Le Carré’s sons Simon and Stephen Cornwell, for another six-episode season have reached “an advanced stage,” according to reports.

“The Night Manager” is the first television project to be produced by the Cornwells’ company, The Ink Factory, which was founded in 2010. The series is directed by Susanne Bier, who won an Oscar for “In a Better World,” and was adapted by David Farr. It was exec produced by the Cornwell brothers alongside Stephen Garrett, Farr and the BBC’s Polly Hill.

The series follows former British soldier Jonathan Pine (Hiddleston) who infiltrates the inner circle of arms dealer Richard Onslow Roper (Laurie) to uncover Roper’s unholy alliance with the West’s intelligence community.

The BBC and the Ink Factory would not confirm that talks for a second season were ongoing.

The show has been licensed around the world. Rights holders include Tele München Gruppe for German-speaking Europe, with Amazon Prime taking SVOD rights; C More and TV4 for the Nordic territories, excluding Denmark, where DR has the rights; Sky Italia for Italy; BBC First and SBS for Australia; TV3 for New Zealand; and AMC International for Iberia, Eastern Europe, Russia, Asia (excluding Japan), Latin America, Africa and the Middle East.

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  1. Sandy says:

    We hope so cause we are both hooked its great !!! cant wait till the next episode ! :)

  2. Aida says:

    Great idea to have a second season of this great show! Finally something good to watch on tv again with great actors!

  3. JS says:

    Huge over-reaction to the quality of this show.It’s lovely to watch,admittedly,but as a glossy distraction from just how dour things are in late-winter over here in the UK.As a piece of drama it’s nowhere near the quality of other BBC pieces – misguided casting in some parts,poor poor scripting,and a loose narrative (veering into parody by the third ep) throughout.It’s a holiday page turner and nothing else.Ratings,and not the inherent artistic value of the series would be the driver for it’s ‘return’,as a proponent of the public service license fee,i’d rather see something new in the schedules this time next year.

    • therealeverton says:

      I love it. A show the public loves, with a top class cast, high ratings and critical appreciation shouldn’t be on, because you don’t like it.

      Sure the critics and millions of people don’t know their own minds.

      Nothing is liked by everyone. We all have films and shows we don’t like that others love, but most of us aren’t so selfish as to want the majority to miss out just because we don’t like / get it.

      It’s a very cinematic show and an excellent watch. Something else being better, doesn’t make this poor.

      My opinion, the majority one in this case, is the show is great. Even if t wasn’t, clearly it has earned its place.

      I loathe Soap operas, but I don’t expect, or have the right to expect, the beloved east Enders and Coronation Street to vanish.

  4. Steve says:

    Please no. No no no. Do the novel, then by all means launch another project in the same class. But don’t spoil it with a second pressing of the same grapes.

  5. therealeverton says:

    This is ridiculously good Television. It genuinely feels li,ke watching a series of high quality films. Great cast, including outside the “big three”.

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