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Ipcress file divides opinion as viewers brand it a waste of ‘six hours’

The Ipcress file is divided online, with some viewers branding it a waste of ‘six hours’ and criticizing Joe Cole’s ‘stupid Michael Caine impression’ – while others calling it ‘the best job ITV has done in ages’ praised.

Set in the 1960s, ITV’s six-part Cold War spy thriller follows Harry Palmer (played by Cole), a working-class British sergeant who becomes a spy after a series of shady deals to avoid military prison.

The second episode aired on Sunday, but some viewers have already watched the entire series after it was made available on the ITV Hub.

Some viewers at home warned the drama was not worth watching, while others slammed the “wooden spectacle” to share their views on the remake – adapted from the Len Deighton 1962 novel, later made into a film – on Twitter.

The original film Saw Palmer, played by Sir Michael Caine, which catapulted his career to new heights – and viewers could not help but compare Cole to Caine.

The Ipcress file has had divided opinion online, with some viewers branding it a waste of “six hours” and criticizing Joe Cole’s (pictured) “stupid Michael Caine impression” – while others calling it “the best work done.” ITV has ‘performed for ages’

The original film saw the lead character Harry Palmer, played by Sir Michael Caine (pictured), catapulting his career to new heights

The original film saw the lead character Harry Palmer, played by Sir Michael Caine (pictured), catapulting his career to new heights

Reaction: Some social media users (pictured above) couldn't help but compare Cole to Caine

Reaction: Some social media users (pictured above) couldn’t help but compare Cole to Caine

One person wrote: “Having watched all six episodes of ITV’s The IpPress File I can promise you won’t need it. That’s six hours of my life gone forever watching a bunch of wooden acting.

“If it had been a parody, it would have failed. As a homage to the bad 60’s plots, it will succeed in the worst possible way.

Another said: “What’s the point of this remake of The IpPress File? The original movie was as good as it gets, plus Joe Cole looks like he’s playing Michael Caine in a school play.

A third added: “The original is a classic. However, this remake is hard to watch. Unfortunately, Joe Cole reminds me more of a young Eric Morecambe than Michael Caine.

It wasn’t all bad reviews for the series, however, and some fans took to the social media platform to praise the remake after its second installment.

Taking to Twitter, they shared their take on the remake - adapted from the 1962 novel by Len Deighton, later made into a 1965 film - with some viewers at home warning the drama was not worth watching, while others criticized the

Taking to Twitter, they shared their take on the remake – adapted from the 1962 novel by Len Deighton, later made into a 1965 film – with some viewers at home warning the drama was not worth watching, while others criticized the “wooden acting.” “ criticized.

Set in the 1960s, ITV's six-part Cold War spy thriller follows Harry Palmer (played by Cole, above), a working-class British sergeant who becomes a spy after a series of shady deals to avoid military arrest

Set in the 1960s, ITV’s six-part Cold War spy thriller follows Harry Palmer (played by Cole, above), a working-class British sergeant who becomes a spy after a series of shady deals to avoid military arrest

One Twitter user said: “Absolutely LOVE the Ipcress file on ITV! The acting, the camera, the sets, the costumes… and of course Joe Cole. It’s all just *cook kiss*.’

Another wrote: “One of my all time favorite movies is The IpPress File and I was fascinated to see the TV adaptation. Happy to say it was brilliant and worth checking out. ‘

A third person wrote: “It was so quick. Just brilliant, the best thing ITV has done in ages.

The original novel was adapted into a hugely successful film starring Sir Michael in 1965 and produced two direct sequels, Funeral in Berlin and Billion Dollar Brain.

But it wasn't all bad reviews for the series, some fans took to the social media platform to praise the remake after its second installment

But it wasn’t all bad reviews for the series, some fans took to the social media platform to praise the remake after its second installment

For the six-part ITV series, Liverpool was transformed into 1960s London as Palmer investigated the kidnapping of British nuclear scientists.

Joe’s character is described as “sharp and savvy” with a number of side hustles that could potentially land him in hot water with the law.

The British actor, 32, who rose to fame as John Selby in Peaky Blinders, is a Londoner like Caine.

The original novel was adapted into a hugely successful film starring Sir Michael in 1965 and produced two direct sequels, Funeral in Berlin and Billion Dollar Brain.  Pictured Joe Cole (right) as Palmer

The original novel was adapted into a hugely successful film starring Sir Michael in 1965 and produced two direct sequels, Funeral in Berlin and Billion Dollar Brain. Pictured Joe Cole (right) as Palmer

Lucy Boynton (pictured right) plays the glamorous Jean Courtney, originally played by Sue Lloyd

Lucy Boynton (pictured right) plays the glamorous Jean Courtney, originally played by Sue Lloyd

However, he was born in wealthy Kingston-upon-Thames, in contrast to industrial Rotherhithe where Sir Michael was born Maurice Micklewhite 88 years ago.

The original spy film and its subsequent sequels were a deliberately dark alternative to the hugely successful James Bond films.

Contrasting with Bond’s privileged private school upbringing, Palmer lives and works in a “gloomy” London, where he resides in a Notting Hill parlor.

Deighton wrote several Harry Palmer thrillers – although the spy was never credited in the books – giving producers scope for more series.

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