Clerkenwell Films adapts Cold War thrillers

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Len Deighton’s series of best-selling Cold War thrillers featuring Bernard Samson are to be adapted for the small screen.

Clerkenwell Films are developing an 18 part series about the iconic spy to be adapted by Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire, The Full Monty).

The Bernard Samson novels sold over 40 million copies worldwide, and centre on the ex-M16 agent who is drawn back into active service to try to find out the truth about his wife’s defection to the KGB.

Deighton said: “The impressive resources of Clerkenwell Films – and notably the talents of Simon Beaufoy – have embarked on this exciting project”.

Clerkenwell Films’ chief executive, Murray Ferguson remarked: “With the increasing international appetite for compelling and intelligent long form serial drama, the time is ripe to bring these wonderful novels to the screen, and television is absolutely the best place to do it.”

A broadcaster has yet to be attached to the project.

Further information on the Untitled Len Deighton series can be found on Production Intelligence, the online database of advance productions from The Knowledge.