Tom Hiddleston says he can't wait to find out what's in store for his The Night Manager character, Jonathan Pine, in the John Le Carré thriller's second season.

He also confirmed that, following on the back of a hugely successful first run, the slick BBC spy drama will return with Pine, ending speculation that Hiddleston would no longer be involved.

"At the moment [the show] is in the lap of John Le Carré and his sons who run The Ink Factory, the production company which produces it," he told BBC Radio 2 breakfast show presenter Zoe Ball.

37-year-old Hiddleston added that the second season might cover contemporary events and consider what the main characters are doing now given the state of the world.

Hiddleston's certainly intrigued. "What’s Jonathan Pine doing? Where is he? He’s probably in a dark corner somewhere spying on someone," he told Ball. "What shape or form might that take? I’m very curious to see what materialises, and that’s about as much as I can say."

Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie in The Night Manager

The ever-busy actor also spoke about the upcoming Loki TV series based on his Marvel comics character, but couldn’t reveal much given that the Marvel show is still in pre-production.

"We’re currently in the process of polishing up what it will be: the ideas, the story, the pitch. But it’s definitely happening," he said.

"Disney are launching a streaming service called Disney+, and I’m not sure exactly when that will be live, but anything that’s ever been made by Disney will be on that thing.

"So whether it’s The Lion King or Beauty and the Beast, Star Wars and Marvel and Pixar will all be part of that. So you’ll be wanting to subscribe."

He also dropped a hint about the upcoming Avengers movie, "It’s really exciting to do this series about Loki. I can’t say much, we’ve all got to get through Avengers: Endgame first."