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The directors that tried to tackle The Man From U.N.C.L.E

An adaptation of 60s series The Man From U.N.C.L.E has been trapped in development hell for years. Ti charts the spy show’s tortuous journey to the big screen...

For those of you that were kids or teenagers during the 1990s and were into cult TV, you will know that The Man From U.N.C.L.E. was a staple of Friday nights.

Although it was made in the 1960s, during the 1990s, BBC2 would show the likes of Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and Stingray at 6pm on a Friday night, and each time they would be followed by an episode of The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

As such, the phrase “Open channel six”, the catchy theme and the agents’ yellow triangular badges signifying their rank in the organisation became very familiar...

For those unfamiliar with the series, it followed global spy force U.N.C.L.E (The United Network

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