Everybody loves a British action miniseries, especially if you have Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie thrown in together. The Night Manager is already securing a strong following, although it’s only set to premiere in the US on April 19. That mounts a lot of pressure on creators to expand the show’s abbreviated six-episode run.
The Night Manager is based on the 1993 spy novel written by John le Carré. Tom Hiddleston plays Jonathan Pine, a former desk clerk at a luxury hotel who gets recruited by British spy agency MI6 to go undercover in the multimillion dollar international arms trade ruled by Hugh Laurie’s Richard Roper.
The Susanne Bier-directed series staged a successful premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in February this year. In the same month it aired on BBC in the UK, debuting with over 8 million viewers tuning in. It easily defeated drama heavyweight Downton Abbey in terms of ratings.
With its entry into U.S. primetime, The Night Manager will face heavy competition led by FX’s Fargo and HBO’s True Detective, to name a few.
The high-profile reception of The Night Manager is having fans clamor for a second season. In an interview with Variety, writer David Farr bluntly admitted that he’s not too keen on continuing the story.
“I liked the fact that the story ended where the story ended,” Farr said. However, the 46-year-old admitted that while he’s done with the show, there’s still a “potential for something more to happen.”
The show’s frontrunners also share the same thoughts as Farr. According to Independent, Tom Hiddleston feels that the story is already complete.
“It’s based on a novel, we’ve got to the end of the novel,” Hugh Laurie added.
Working on the series, Farr never expected the show to become the critically-acclaimed hit that it is today. He credited the show’s appeal to its “quality of escapism” that is “not escapist at all.” What’s more, the series was shot in luxurious locations–a travel list that includes England, Spain, Morocco and Switzerland.
Olivia Colman, Tom Hollander and Elizabeth Debicki also star in The Night Manager.