Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie rule out The Night Manager 2

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Fans of hit BBC1 thriller The Night Manager will be disappointed to learn the two principal stars, Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie, have both ruled out a second series.

According to the BBC, Tom – who played vengeful spy Jonathan Pine – said: "As it stands, Pine exists for six hours in a mini-series. The story feels complete. I only ever conceived of it as an adaptation of a complete novel."

"We made some alterations, we updated it so it had a political resonance and we changed the ending a little bit. I know the rumours about it extending, but none of that is real."

Hugh – who played ruthless arms dealer Richard Roper – told the Sunday Mirror: "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."

There has been speculation that the massive success of the series would lead to another series, especially as the fate of Pine and Roper was left open at the conclusion.

Before the The Night Manager premiered le Carre's son Simon Cornwell, who also served as executive producer on the drama, said a second series was unlikely.

"It's a lovely idea, but le Carre has never allowed an adaptation that goes beyond the parameters of the original book. We're not ruling it out, but we're not ruling it in."

Patrick McLennan

Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 

An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.