ITV to adapt The Ipcress File

One the most iconic movies of the 1960s, adapted from a great of the spy genre, is to get a fresh adaptation by ITV.

The original Ipcress File movie starred Michael Caine as the legendary Harry Palmer, the lead character from Len Deighton’s book of the same name.

Now ITV is set for a remake.

Joe Cole will take the role of Harry Palmer alongside Lucy Boynton and Tom Hollander.

It’s 1963. Cold war rages between West and East. Nuclear bombers are permanently airborne. In this highly charged atmosphere, we join Harry Palmer – a British army sergeant on the make in Berlin. In this newly partitioned city, a sharp working-class young man with sophisticated tastes can make a lot of money. Wholesaler, retailer, fixer, smuggler, Harry’s varied interests bring him into contact with everything and everyone – until the law catches up and it all comes crashing to a halt.

Harry finds himself sentenced to eight years in a grim military jail in England, all his prospects abruptly torn away.

But his impressive network and efficiency have not gone unnoticed, and a gentleman from British intelligence has a proposal. To avoid prison, Harry Palmer will become a spy. And the case on which he cuts his teeth will be The Ipcress File.

Harry’s links to the man suspected of kidnapping a missing British nuclear scientist result in him being conscripted for a dangerous undercover mission that takes him from the Beatles’ London to the Berlin Wall, from the back alleys of Beirut to the white hot sand of a Nuclear Atoll in the Pacific.

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  1. Chris Jenkins says:

    Sounds interesting. I recently read The Ipcress File for the first time, only having been familiar with the movie. They’re two completely different animals, and I thought the novel was unfilmable as written, and the movie much better. So it will be interesting to see what this adaptation does with it. Joe Cole I think is completely wrong for it – Harry Palmer as written is a man of the world, not a fresh-faced youth.


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