The rarely seen TV adaptation of Game, Set & Match

In 1988 Granada TV broadcast a 13-part TV adaptation - in prime time - of the three first novels in the Samson series: Berlin Game, Mexico Set and London Match.

The series was replete with an all-star cast of top British actors and received well by critics. However, the ITV adaptation - with Ian Holm as Bernard Samson - failed to match Deighton's expectations and the producers, evidently, had their own vision for how things would proceed. Deighton declined to license further broadcasts or DVD distribution, instead buying up the rights. Twenty-six years later, a new TV adaption of all three trilogies in the series has been optioned by Clerkenwell Films, although no information on progress on any filming has yet been made available. Click on the images for more information about the TV series..

TV series notes


The cast


The soundtrack


Samson's Berlin




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