Tom Bradby's Spy Thriller 'Secret Service' Heads to ITV, Potboiler to Produce

ITV gears up for a gripping new spy drama

by Zain ul Abedin
Tom Bradby's Spy Thriller 'Secret Service' Heads to ITV, Potboiler to Produce
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Tom Bradby, best known for anchoring ITV's election night coverage, is taking a creative leap with the network to bring his espionage thriller "Secret Service" to the small screen. In collaboration with Potboiler Productions, known for their work on "The Last King of Scotland," Bradby is set to co-write a five-part series based on his 2019 novel.

The series, crafted alongside screenwriter Jemma Kennedy ("Captain Webb"), ventures into the murky waters of international espionage, focusing on the ever-tense relations between Russia and the UK. It explores the insidious Kremlin influence within British politics through the eyes of Kate Henderson, the head of the Russia desk at MI6.

As she uncovers evidence suggesting that a high-ranking UK politician might be a Kremlin operative, the stakes soar with an election on the horizon. The narrative intensifies when a young woman's murder propels Kate into a race against time to expose the politician's true identity.

With her reputation and her family's safety at risk, the clock ticks menacingly toward a potentially explosive political revelation.

Secret Service: Production Insights

Produced in partnership with All3Media International, "Secret Service" is being executive produced by Gail Egan and Andrea Calderwood for Potboiler.

ITV's Polly Hill and Helen Ziegler commissioned the drama, which is scheduled to commence production next year in London and Malta. Reflecting on the adaptation, Bradby expressed his excitement about the series' relevance and timeliness.

"I felt the themes were achingly topical when I wrote the novel—and they have only become more so since," he remarked. Egan and Calderwood echoed his sentiments, emphasizing the drama's bold exploration of contemporary espionage and political maneuvering.

This project marks another significant venture for Bradby into the realm of dramatic storytelling, following his 2014 ITV drama "The Great Fire" and the film adaptation of his novel "Shadow Dancer," which featured notable performances by Andrea Riseborough, Clive Owen, and Gillian Anderson.

Represented by Valerie Hoskins Associates and literary agent Mark Lucas of The Soho Agency, Bradby continues to blend his journalistic expertise with a flair for dramatic narratives, promising to deliver a compelling addition to the landscape of British television drama.