Tom Bradby’s Secret Service to be adapted for ITV

Tom Bradby’s Secret Service to be adapted for ITV
Tom Bradby via ITV press office

ITV has greenlit Secret Service, an espionage thriller adapted from Tom Bradby’s bestselling novel.

As Production Intelligence subscribers learned in February this year, Potboiler Productions is making the 5 x 60’ series, written by Bradby and Jemma Kennedy. Secret Service delves into the long-standing tensions between Russia and the UK, as it follows senior MI6 officer Kate Henderson, to the outside world, a happily married woman with two teenagers and a job in the civil service.

But Kate’s real job is heading up the Russia Desk of the Secret Intelligence Service. When her undercover operations reveal alarming evidence that a senior UK politician is possibly a high-level Russian asset, Kate is in a race against time to uncover their identity…

Filming will take place early next year in London and Malta. Political editor, journalist and novelist Bradby said: “I always dreamed of turning Secret Service into a compelling and enthralling TV series, so I am completely thrilled that ITV have commissioned this series and can’t wait to be on set in London and Malta. I felt the themes were achingly topical when I wrote the novel – and they have only become more so since.”

Polly Hill commissioned the drama alongside senior drama commissioner Helen Ziegler, who said: “We are delighted to be working with Tom, Jemma and the team at Potboiler to bring this story of a new cold war to our screens. Tom and Jemma’s thrilling scripts could not be more timely in their exploration of this complex cat-and-mouse game between East and West.”

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