Tom Hiddleston explains delay with The Night Manager season 2

Tom Hiddleston has explained the long wait for The Night Manager season 2, admitting they "took the time to try and get the story right".

Last week, it was officially confirmed that the acclaimed BBC show will be back for seasons 2 and 3, having aired its first all the way back in 2016.

Opening up about the new episodes, Hiddleston revealed in a new interview with Deadline: “We took the time to try and get the story right.

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"Principally, [author] John le Carré seemed so happy with our adaptation the first time and that was such a relief. So if we were to go again we needed to find the right story.

“What is so fascinating about le Carré is his stories often emerge within him in response to the world as he found it," the actor further explained.

"And what I’m really excited by is eight or nine years have passed since the first season and these characters have been alive in the world in the last eight or nine years, and hopefully our show will reflect that.

“So Jonathan Pine [Hiddleston’s character] – le Carré calls him the close observer – has been alive in the world, and he will be eight or nine years older, just as I am.

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"And I just think it will be so fascinating to see where he is, what he’s doing, how he’s operating, what he’s thinking, what’s changed and what hasn’t changed, and hopefully we can create the same sort of chemistry we made on the first one."

Speaking last week upon the confirmation of the show's return, Hiddleston said that the first season was "one of the most creatively fulfilling projects [he has] ever worked on" and is "looking forward" to telling the next chapter.

The new episodes will be written by David Farr, who wrote the show's first season, with filming set to begin later in 2024.

The Night Manager seasons 2 and 3 will air on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in the UK, and Prime Video worldwide.

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