The following blog will have Spoilers for The Ipcress File BBC Radio Four Extra audio drama starring Ian Hart and spoilers for the book and the flim of the same name.
The story -They make a list of all the houses and bulidings that the man could have just left, big places away from the street and the roads, The spy asks Chio to bang on a few doors take a look around but Chio has no coat so the spy takes on the job himself. Something the flim never did. In the end they find a house and the spy and Chio break in, the police wait outside only to find Ross inside, the whole place is empty.
Whoever owned the house has cut off the second floor all the walls have been taken away there is a ladder which use to get upstirs and find a water tank just like the book there is a bit of tape inside.
The next day Ross calls our spy into his office he has a can of flim for the spy to watch just men talking in a room with no sound and asks if he what’s to buy a file, The spy says no this replaces the suppermakret secen in the flim and the club one in the book, but it still adds the fact that Chio is working for/with Ross. The spy then goes to the poilce and they give him a tape which could people talking or strange sounds.
Confussed and upset the spy goes to get coffee and trys to work out want it all means, when his new assistant walks in Jean (Fenella Woolgar). Back at the office Chio rings and tells the spy he thinks he’s seen Dalby, and follows without filling in all the right paperwork but Jean steps in and does it all.
Everyone knows something he doesn’t and later that night Dalby brakes into his own office he tells the spy about an A-bomb test, Dalby says bring Chio because he has no idea that Chio is away so the spy covers for him, Jean comes insted
The movie soundtack kicks in as travel music, just like the book the whole place is run by the Americans and they put on a good show for Dalby, Jean and our spy He even runs into his old friend Skip Henderson (Kerry Shale), They talk about a leak that the Americans are having and Skip Henderson talks about man they don’t know and who doesn’t exist.
Jean is about tell the spy want she thinks about Skip when Dalby comes along he now actting the part of brit abroad sampling the American culture and even wearing an Hawaiian shirt, So Jean still tell the spy want she thinks that Skip is Afraid but not for himself for somebody very close to him.
The morning after the spy goes for a walk at one of the Towers he runs into skip only this time skip has a gun and he says the whole world and everybody in it is against the spy and the thinking is that he’s working for the Russians So he goes to Jean to find out the truth. Who tells him that she Easily switch alliances to whatever the spy is trying to do, But she has something to show him.
They drive out to a place on the island and the Spy just as in the book findParts of a radio and a Russian high frequency Note, She asked him what he’s going to do and the spy says he’s going destroy the pieces of equipment and burn the note. And see want fate will bring.
They go back to the other side of the island and in the night the spy gets a call from Dalby saying that Skip is in trouble and needs the spys help, with more help from the soundtrack the spy follows the Dalby’s car and then just like the book ends up in somekind of cell.
60 minutes end point.
What I think- The Audio drama is pretty much sticking to what it can In the book beat for beat majority of it is still there If not it is slightly altered for example The spy never asks For an assistant, But Jean shows up anyway And the running gag with the coffee is only done to a certain extent. There are even nods to the other two Spy’s of the silver screen on being John le Carre and the second one being Ian Fleming.
As I have said throughout the soundtrack from the film is used to drive home certain points and even used it Alternate versions for travel music. And just as Michael Caine’s Walk and gate is used to demonstrate the Spy is working class Ian Hart does the same thing. And we every have real American actors.