The Ipcress File: AMC+ Shares Preview of Len Deighton Series Adapt

AMC+ released a sneak-peek clip for the upcoming new espionage thriller The Ipcress File. Based on the globally renowned Len Deighton novel and adapted by Oscar-nominated and BAFTA award-winning screenwriter John Hodge (Trainspotting, T2 Trainspotting), starring Joe Cole (Gangs of London, Peaky Blinders) as iconic British spy Harry Palmer alongside Lucy Boynton (Bohemian Rhapsody, Murder on the Orient Express) and BAFTA award-winner Tom Hollander (Pride & Prejudice, The Night Manager, Birdbox).

The Ipcress File: AMC+ Releases Clip Ahead of Premiere
Lucy Boynton and Joe Cole in "The Ipcress File", image: AMC+

The twist-laden spy thriller, originally immortalized by Michael Caine in the classic 1965 movie, offers a stylish and tense tale of abducted scientists, brainwashing, inter-departmental rivalry, treason, and a possibly unwise romance. Directed by Emmy winner James Watkins (McMafia, Black Mirror, The Woman In Black) and set in Berlin and London during the 1960sThe Ipcress File will make its exclusive U.S. & Canadian premiere on AMC+ Thursday, May 19, with episodes rolling out weekly on Thursdays.

"1962. At the height of the Cold War, ex-soldier and convicted thief Harry Palmer (Cole) is recruited to an unorthodox British spy unit whose boss, Dalby (Hollander), wants his help to retrieve a missing scientist. Working alongside cool, ambitious agent Jean (Boynton), Harry's journey will take him to the wrong side of Berlin, the risky hedonism of Beirut and the blinding light of a Pacific H-bomb test – before one step too many lands him an unwitting role in a violent political conspiracy."

The Ipcress File was Deighton's first spy novel introducing the iconic British spy Harry Palmer and set against the backdrop of Cold War Europe. To date, the novel has sold 10 million copies worldwide since it was first published in 1962.

The Ipcress File: AMC+ Releases Clip Ahead of Premiere
Joe Cole as Harry Palmer – The Ipcress File _ Season 1 – Photo Credit: Ben Blackall/Mikola Preovic/AMC/ITV

The Ipcress File Season 1 Episode 1: Berlin, 1962. Enterprising British corporal Harry Palmer gets rich smuggling stolen goods to the east until the handcuffs snap shut. Back in London, unorthodox spymaster Dalby is ordered to retrieve a missing nuclear physicist. Sharp observation by his cool, ambitious agent Jean reveals a link to the incarcerated Palmer who is swiftly enlisted to bring back the boffin."

The Ipcress File is executive produced by Will Clarke (Filth) and Andy Mayson (Ghost Stories) for Altitude Television, Andrew Eaton (The Crown) for Turbine, Sandy Lieberson (Performance), James Watkins and Hilary and Steven Saltzman.  The series is produced by Paul Ritchie (McMafia, Slumdog Millionaire).

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About Adi Tantimedh

Adi Tantimedh is a filmmaker, screenwriter and novelist. He wrote radio plays for the BBC Radio, “JLA: Age of Wonder” for DC Comics, “Blackshirt” for Moonstone Books, and “La Muse” for Big Head Press. Most recently, he wrote “Her Nightly Embrace”, “Her Beautiful Monster” and “Her Fugitive Heart”, a trilogy of novels featuring a British-Indian private eye published by Atria Books, a division Simon & Schuster.
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