‘We'd all like to be a spy!'

TV Times|May 30, 2020

‘We'd all like to be a spy!'
Rising star Otto Farrant and Vicky McClure on their action thriller based on the bestselling Alex Rider books
CAREN CLARK

ALEX RIDER

Available: Thursday 4 June Season: 1 Episodes: 8 Runs: 45 mins NEW DRAMA

At a former university building in east London currently doubling as the HQ for a top-secret branch of the intelligence services, a tense meeting is underway between a group of spymasters and a stroppy schoolboy…

It’s July 2019 and TV Times is watching filming for Alex Rider, Amazon Prime Video’s thrilling new adaptation of Anthony Horowitz’s bestselling novels about an intrepid but reluctant teenage spy.

The eight-part series centres on orphaned Alex, played by rising star Otto Farrant (Mrs Wilson, War & Peace), who has been raised by his banker uncle, Ian (Broadchurch and The Crown’s Andrew Buchan).

But when Ian is suddenly killed, Alex makes the shocking discovery that his uncle was actually a spy for The Department, an elite offshoot of MI6, run by shrewd Alan Blunt (The Crown’s Stephen Dillane) and his second-in-command, Mrs Jones (Line of Duty star Vicky McClure).

Soon, The Department recruits Alex to discover what led to Ian’s death by going undercover at a sinister boarding school in the French Alps, but danger ensues.

During a break in filming, Vicky, 37, and Otto, 23 , tell us more about the drama to come…

It’s 20 years since the first Alex Rider book was published – were you already fans?

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