The Ipcress File (2022): S01E03


The Ipcress File is a British cold war spy thriller television series set in 1963. Written by John Hodge and directed by James Watkins, it stars Joe Cole, Lucy Boynton and Tom Hollander.

The series is a very loose adaptation of the 1962 novel The IPCRESS File by Len Deighton. The story has been extensively reworked, with plot and some characters radically altered and a lot of new material added, making the TV series significantly different from Deighton’s original.

The series is also influenced by the 1965 film, most obviously by adopting the “Harry Palmer” and “Jean Courtney” character names coined for the film.


Harry and Jean travel to Beirut in pursuit of Professor Dawson. Who is holding him and when will he be exchanged?

The Ipcress File Series

You can find a full index and overview of The Ipcress File here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 20 March 2022.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Running Time: 60 minutes.
  • Country: UK.
  • Language: English.

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