Lucy Boynton films The Ipcress File with co-star Joe Cole

The Ipcress File FIRST LOOK: Lucy Boynton oozes glamour as she films with co-star Joe Cole for new six-part adaptation of the 1960s classic

  • The Bohemian Rhapsody actress, 27, and Peaky Blinders star, 32, were pictured filming in a vintage car in Liverpool City Centre on Thursday evening
  • They are the stars of the new ITV-produced drama which is an adaptation of the 1965 film of the same name starring Michael Caine
  • The Gangs Of London star is playing Harry Palmer, who is a working-class British sergeant with a criminal past in Berlin as the Cold War rages
  • An intelligence officer notices Palmer’s abilities and offers him a way to dodge jail by becoming a spy for the British government
  • While most of the movie is being filmed in Liverpool, shooting will move to Croatia later this year to continue filming
  • The original Ipcress File was awarded three BAFTAs and the novel has sold more than 10 million copies worldwide 

Lucy Boynton and her co-star Joe Cole were spotted filming a new six-part adaptation of The Ipcress File for the first time in Liverpool on Thursday.

The Bohemian Rhapsody actress, 27, and Peaky Blinders star, 32, were pictured in a vintage car in the city centre as filming continued into the evening. 

Lucy oozed 1960s glamour as she wore her blonde hair swept into a chic up do and sported a yellow chiffon scarf while at the wheel of an Austin Cambridge A60.

First look! Lucy Boynton and her co-star Joe Cole were spotted filming a new six-part adaptation of The Ipcress File for the first time in Liverpool on Thursday

Meanwhile, Joe was wearing a black turtle neck and jacket teamed with a pair of smart grey trousers and thick black framed glasses for his role.

The Gangs Of London star is playing Harry Palmer, who is a working-class British sergeant in Berlin as the Cold War rages in the sixties. 

Joe’s character is slated as being ‘sharp and savvy’ with a series of side-hustles that could potentially land him in hot water with the law. 

Filming: The Bohemian Rhapsody actress, 27, and Peaky Blinders star, 32, were pictured in a vintage car in the city centre as filming continued into the evening


Mirror image: Role: The Gangs Of London star is playing Harry Palmer, who is a working-class British sergeant in Berlin as the Cold War rages in the sixties (originally played by Michael Caine left)

However an intelligence officer notices his abilities and offers him a way to dodge jail by becoming a spy for the British government.

Palmer undertakes his first case known as The Ipcress File, which involves using his links to a man believed to have kidnapped a British nuclear scientist.

It appears that Lucy will play the glamorous Jean Courtney, originally played by Sue Lloyd.

The protagonist is assigned an assistant, Jean, a beautiful young woman towards whom he begins to develop romantic feelings.

Filming took place this week on Exchange Street West, close to Liverpool Town Hall, which had been transformed into 1960s London.

Glam: Lucy oozed 1960s glamour as she wore her blonde hair swept into a chic up do and sported a yellow chiffon scarf while at the wheel of an Austin Cambridge A60

Character: Meanwhile, Joe was wearing a black turtle neck and jacket teamed with a pair of smart grey trousers and thick black framed glasses for his role


Jean? Although it is yet to be officially announced it seems Lucy has been enlisted to play Jean

Character: It appears that Lucy will play the glamorous Jean Courtney, originally played by Sue Lloyd (pictured)

Len Deighton’s novel, which was previously a 1965 Michael Caine film, is being adapted into a six part series for by ITV productions.

While most of the film is being filmed in Liverpool, shooting will move to Croatia later this year to continue filming.

The series has been written by Trainspotting writer John Hodge and the all-star cast also includes The Night Manager’s Tom Hollander.

It has been reported by Deadline that the production is being produced by The Crown’s Andrew Eaton and directed by Black Mirror’s James Watkins.

Original: The original espionage film and its following sequels were a deliberately downbeat alternative to the hugely successful James Bond films

Bond? Despite this, one of the early Bond producers, Harry Saltzman and others were brought into work on the Palmer series

The original Ipcress File was awarded three BAFTAs and the novel has sold more than 10 million copies worldwide.

It also kicked off a series of seven other books, meaning there is scope for further series if this one proves a ratings hit.    

Writer Hodge told the publication: ‘This is a wonderful opportunity to inhabit a time when the post-war world was morphing into the way we live now, when social mobility, civil rights, and modern feminism were forcing their way into public consciousness, and all of it happening with the world divided in two and both halves threatening to blow the whole thing sky high.’

In production: Len Deighton’s novel, which was previously a 1965 Michael Caine film, is being adapted into a six part series for by ITV productions

Plot: Palmer undertakes his first case known as The Ipcress File, which involves using his links to a man believed to have kidnapped a British nuclear scientist


Palmer: Cole’s character bares a striking likeness to Caine’s Palmer (left)

The original espionage film and its following sequels were a deliberately downbeat alternative to the hugely successful James Bond films.

Despite this, one of the early Bond producers, Harry Saltzman and others were brought into work on the Palmer series.

Palmer is a contrast to Bond’s privileged private school upbringing and lives and works in a ‘gloomy’ London, where he resides in a Notting Hill bedsit. 

The original film was produced at Pinewood studios while also being shot on location around London. 

It is now included on the British Film Institute’s list of 100 of the best British films of the 20th century, ranking at number 59. 

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