ITV The Ipcress File: Release date, cast and teaser for new spy thriller

A new six-part spy drama The Ipcress File is coming to ITV in March 2022.

The series is based on Len Deighton’s spy novel The Ipcress File – which is the first in the Harry Palmer series – and was adapted for the screen by BAFTA-winning writer John Hodge.

Peaky Blinders star Joe Cole will take on the lead role of the iconic spy, who was previously portrayed by British cinema icon Sir Michael Caine in the 1965 film of the same name.

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ITV said the spy series – set in the 1960s amid the Cold War – will be a “cinematic roller coaster of twists and turns”.



Joe Cole as Spy Harry Palmer

You can watch a clip from the first episode above which shows British intelligence officer Major Dalby played by Tom Hollander interviewing British Army Sergeant Harry Palmer.

Here are all the details on the thriller’s release date, who will star in the series and where it was filmed:

When is the Ipcress file on ITV?

The Ipcress file will start the Sunday March 6 at 9 p.m. on ITV and ITV Hub.

There are six episodes, all of which will be available to watch on ITV Hub and BritBox after the first episode ends.

The series will continue to air weekly on Sunday nights from 9 p.m. until April.



Joe Cole as Spy Harry Palmer
It was filmed in Liverpool, Cheshire and Croatia

The ITV synopsis reads: “Wholesaler, retailer, repairman, smuggler, Harry’s varied interests bring him into contact with everything and everyone – until the law catches up with him and it all comes to a halt Harry finds himself sentenced to eight years in a grim military prison in England, all of his prospects abruptly ripped away.

“But his impressive network and efficiency have not gone unnoticed, and a gentleman in British intelligence has a proposition. To avoid prison, Harry Palmer will become a spy. And the case he will cut his teeth on will be The Ipcress File .”

The cast of the Ipcress file:

Here is the star cast for the ITV series:

  • Joe Cole (Gangs of London, Peaky Blinders), as iconic spy Harry Palmer
  • Lucy Boynton (Bohemian Rhapsody, Murder on the Orient Express) will play Jean Courtney


Lucy Boynton as Jean
Lucy Boynton as Jean

  • Tom Hollander (The Night Manager, Bird Box) as British Intelligence Officer William Dalby
  • Ashley Thomas (Them, Top Boy, Salvation) as CIA Agent Paul Maddox


Tom Hollander as William Dalby.
Tom Hollander as William Dalby

  • Tom Vaughan-Lawlor (Dublin Murders, Avengers: Endgame, Avengers: Infinity War) as General Cathcart

  • Joshua James (Industry, Life, Absentia) as Chico

  • David Dencik (McMafia, No Time to Die, Chernobyl) will play the role of Colonel Stok

  • Paul Higgins (Line of Duty, Utopia) as Minister

Where was the Ipcress file filmed?

Filming for the spy series began in February 2021 and took place across three locations; Liverpool, Cheshire and Croatia.

When asked about the set locations, actor Tom Hollander said: “Shooting The Ipcress File was like being in a time machine. Which is true for any period drama. Except that it was in the middle of the pandemic and so the fictional world was so much more alive than the real world.

“We were filming in a deserted Liverpool, which doubles for London. A Liverpool that I barely know but can see is the most vibrant and bustling city. Liverpool is all about the people and the energy in the streets. But there was no one on the streets because of the confinement.

Joe Cole talked about traveling to Croatia to film scenes, he said: “Shooting in Croatia was special. It will give an international flavor to the show and the visuals when people see it, because there are so many different architectures that we managed to capture. Croatia doubled for places like Helsinki, Beirut and the Pacific. It gives it a whole other flavor and the weather was important in terms of sunny countries etc.

The Ipcress file begins Sunday March 6 from 9 p.m. on ITV and ITV Hub.

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