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The Ipcress File, the latest adaptation of Len Deighton’s bestseller, will not be returning to ITV for a second series, TV Zone can reveal.

The series, which starred stars Joe Cole as the iconic spy Harry Palmer alongside Lucy Boynton, Tom Hollander and Ashley Thomas, aired on ITV last Spring and was set in the 1960s amid the highly charged atmosphere of the Cold War which rages between West and East.

TV Zone understands that, although ITV were open to another series, the cast were too busy on other projects to return to The Ipcress File. An ITV spokesperson told TV Zone: "Sadly, we haven’t been able to progress a second series of The Ipcress File."

Harry Palmer is 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.

The Ipcress File is available now on ITVX.


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