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 -The CIA man wakes the spy and tells him that he’s now full of drugs to help with his memory and then beats him up as he asks questions, the beating gets wose the CIA man ask the spy about Stev Marsh, the man dead on the tower, but all the spy can think is were Dalby could and why is he not helping.
They even call the spys father into question, the CIA man hands over the spy to the Hungarians so that the US can have two of their pilots back, the spy is Knocked unconscious and then we hear the sound of the soundtrack for the Ipcress Tape.
Despite slowly regain consciousness and he tells us that two days maybe 3 days have passed Then later food Is push to the opening of the door Something like porridge and water, the water contains more drugs. A few more days passed and then walks a small man, who says
“Sky is blue earth is black”
“So what” Our spy says and is hit
The spy gets hit every time he gets something wrong, There is a lot of pain and until he gets everything right, There is just the food with the drugs nothing more, then one day a british fella comes into the cell and tells our spy that in simple trems he’s on his own.
More of the little man and his funny questions, but the spy now has a paperclip from the british fellas paper work.He uses the paperclip on the soft lock of the cell and runs he fuses the light with sliver paper from a cigarette box he finds he runs some more And is faced with a wall which he climbs, he falls off the othe side into what he thinks is a trip wire but is really some guy runner bean frame. He back in england east London, in hides in a hotel room and works out what to do next.
Happy he got out he realises how close he came to being brainwashed and believing everything he was told, He then calls the office almost to see Dalby and the others Using a fall back position, He sees Jean and tell her all he knows, And she said that she wanted to sell him back to Dalby the spy asked to be taken to Guildford.
At Dalby’s home the spy see the three men, Dalby, Jay and the little man with the funny question but before he can get inside, Chio turns up with a gun at the spy back tells hi that he’s MI5 and to do as he asks but Jean knocks out Chio just Jay is leaving .
The spy and Jean follow Jay to his own house, leaving Chio the spy get Jean to call Ross and the others and goes inside, Just like thw book Jay is cooking a meal, Jay goes on to explain that he controls people, And thier loyalty to whoever or whatever he is paid to make them believe in.
Dalby setup the spy up so that they could have something to give the CIA, Ross and the other walks and take away Jay. Toghter he and the spy eat the cooked food.
Back in the office, Ross now running things and the IBM computer, the spy asks how he knew Ross could trust him, well you didn’t buy the file. A few seconds later Jay walks in the door now working for the good guys.
End of Audio End of Story.
What I think- So we reach the end of all the incarnations of the ipcress files I have. And yes they are the same story and tell the same basic story of a working class spy being brianwashed by the up class old boys network.
But they do it in a different style the book drives home the point every two or three pages. And the spy is quick witted and knows a few tricks to help himself out.
The flim well the spy is still working class and quick witted but makes up a lot of want he does not know on the spot working and following others like Jock. But dumps others like Chio and half the office staff, and they give the spy a name
Now the audio is a mix of both it sticks closer to the book as they do leave england, the spy is able to make jokes about James Bond and George Smiley so they know its position within the existing universe If you’re interested in the world of Harry Palmer I would watch the flims but if want know about the spy or the Len Deighton world I would just read the books.