'The Night Manager' Resurrects for A Double Season Order at BBC & Amazon

Hugh Laurie, Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Debicki, Olivia Colman, and Tom Hollander pose on a balcony by the sea in 'The Night Manager' Season 1

Hugh Laurie, Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Debicki, Olivia Colman, and Tom Hollander in 'The Night Manager' Season 1

Mitch Jenkins/The Ink Factory/AMC

I'm not here to upset anybody, but I'd like to point out that it's been almost a decade since the original six-part limited series The Night Manager originally aired on BBC One in February 2016. Based on the John Le Carre novel of the same name, the critically acclaimed show starred Tom Hiddleston, then at the height of his first round of Marvel fame, as former British soldier turned hotel night manager named Jonathan Pine recruited by MI6's Angela Burr (Olivia Colman) to help bring down powerful international arms dealer Richard Roper, played by the secretly British star of House, Hugh Laurie. The series co-starred Tom Hollander as Roper's right-hand man and Elizabeth Debicki as his femme fatale girlfriend, making it a star-studded cast. AMC Networks, which has recently acquired BBC America, got their hands on it and brought the series to the U.S. to great acclaim, and whispers of a second series followed to the point Deadline claimed filming would begin in 2022.

Two years later, those rumors are finally worth something, as the BBC and Amazon Prime Video have teamed up and announced that a second series will indeed start filming... as will a third! in 2024, not 2022, but who's counting, really? The least surprising part of the announcement is that the BBC is not teaming up with AMC Networks or the poor channel that still bears the British Broadcasting moniker for some reason. The last eight years of streaming wars have been hard on AMC's little band of niche streamers, as we've noted before, with only Acorn TV managing to float above the rest of the pack. (It speaks volumes that this announcement comes only days after AMC announced its foray in the U.K. would not be as a standalone streamer as originally planned but as content fodder for ITVX.... the same ITVX that could "parted ways" with its head of streaming boss Rufus Radcliffe less than 24 hours ago.)

Instead, Prime Video, which really doesn't get many more eyeballs but at least can claim people subscribe to it, even if as the dollar theater off the flea market next door, will be helping the BBC foot the bill. (Hey, when your studio is mostly a loss leader acting as an add-on for people to entice them to buy toilet paper without leaving the house, you can afford it.) The question, of course, is who exactly is slated to return, and exactly what plans are in the works for a plot for not just a Season 2 but a Season 3 as well. 

Lucky for us, the BBC press release came with a synopsis:

The Night Manager will pick up with Jonathan Pine eight years after the explosive finale of season one.

You're welcome!

Tom Hiddleston in "The Night Manager" Season 1

Tom Hiddleston in "The Night Manager" Season 1

(Photo: Des Willie/AMC) 

As for the cast, Tom Hiddleston will return to reprise his role as Jonathan Pine.... and that's about it. Hugh Laurie will be back, but only behind the camera, to executive produce on both Seasons 2 and 3. (Hiddleston will also executive produce the new seasons.) One assumes that the new cast (and any other returnees) will be announced in due. course when filming is closer to getting underway.

However, David Farr, who adapted the original series from Le Carre's novel and wrote all six episodes, will be back to write both Seasons 2 and 3. Director Georgi Banks-Davies will take over helming Season 2 from original director Susanne Bier, with Stephen Garrett once again producing. (No word on who will helm Season 3 as yet.) U.K. studio The Ink Factory, who produced the first series, will be back to produce both new seasons.

The new seasons of The Night Manager will premiere on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in the U.K. and everywhere outside the U.K. on Amazon's Prime Video. Season 2 is expected to debut in 2025, and Season 3 will follow in 2026. Season 1 is currently streaming on iPlayer in the U.K. and Prime Video everywhere else.


Ani Bundel has been blogging professionally since 2010. A DC native, Hufflepuff, and Keyboard Khaleesi, she spends all her non-writing time taking pictures of her cats. Regular bylines also found on MSNBC, Paste, Primetimer, and others. 

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