Is the Ipcress file based on a book?

ITV’s new six-part series The Ipcress File is set to air in March 2022.

The new spy drama starring Joe Cole from Peaky Blinders is an adaptation of Len Deighton’s 1962 novel – but it won’t be the first time the iconic novel has been adapted.


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Is the Ipcress file based on a book?

ITV’s new series The Ipcress File is based on a spy novel of the same name, published in 1962.

It was author Len Deighton’s first spy novel.

The book tells the story of an unnamed protagonist, who is an intelligence officer for a small civilian agency reporting directly to the British Cabinet.

Trying to uncover who is behind a series of high-profile kidnappings, the protagonist embarks on a dangerous mission that takes him across the globe as the Cold War rages on.

The plot involves mind control, with the title’s acronym IPCRESS standing for “Iinduction of Ppsycho-neuroses by VSconditioning Reflex under Stress“.

The “IPCRESS file” is actually the protagonist’s personal report to the Minister of Defense, which is also how the novel is structured.

In 1992, author Len Deighton said the inspiration for writing the novel came from his neighbor, who was a White Russian émigré who collaborated with a US Embassy cipher to spy on Germany during World War II. .

Who is the author Len Deighton?

Leonard Cyril Deighton is a prolific British author whose publications include cookbooks, history and military history – but he is best known for his spy novels.

The writer was born on February 18, 1929 in Marylebone, London.

Her father was a mechanic and her mother was a part-time cook.

When he was eleven, Deighton witnessed the arrest of Anna Wolkoff, whom his mother cooked for.

Wolkoff was detained as a Nazi spy and accused of stealing correspondence between Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt, an event which Deighton says was “a major factor in my decision to write a history of espionage during my first attempt at fiction”.

After completing his military service in the Royal Air Force, Deighton attended art school in London and graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1955.

He worked as a book and magazine illustrator for many years, including designing the cover for the first UK edition of Jack Kerouac’s 1957 work On the Road.

While on an extended vacation in France, Deighton wrote her first novel, The IPCRESS File, which was a critical and commercial success.

He wrote several spy novels featuring the same central character, a working-class intelligence officer.

The author said the inspiration for his character to be working class came from his time working at a prestigious London advertising agency, when he was the only board member of the company not to have been educated at Eton.

He said: “The IPCRESS file is about spies on the surface, but it’s also about a high school boy among public school boys and the difficulties he faces.”

What adaptations of The Ipcress File have there been?

The novel was made into a BAFTA-winning film adaptation in 1965, starring Michael Caine and produced by James Bond co-producer Harry Saltzman.

Unlike the book, the protagonist is named in the film.

The character’s name, Harry Palmer, was chosen by Caine.

In the film, Harry has a long list of extracurricular activities such as wholesaler, retailer, repairman and smuggler, until the law catches up with him, resulting in eight years in a dark military prison.

To avoid prison, Harry must become a spy and his first mission: The Ipcress File.

In December 2020, it was announced that ITV would adapt The Ipcress File into a six-part television series.

Filming began in early 2021 in Liverpool and Croatia and according to Bustle, and is set to premiere in March 2022.

However, first look photos of Joe Cole as Harry Palmer have been revealed, along with the rest of the cast.

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