BBC aims to turn The Eagle Has Landed into a three-part series

ITV Studios is developing the World War Two adventure book by Jack Higgins into a possible three-part drama for BBC1, can exclusively reveal

The Eagle has Landed, the book by Jack Higgins about a daring Nazi plot to kidnap Winston Churchill from his Norfolk country retreat, became a smash hit movie in 1976 starring Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland, Jenny Agutter and Robert Duvall.


And now, can reveal, the tale may also become a BBC1 series.

The Corporation is developing an adaptation of the book as a possible three-parter written by Tony Saint, author of Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley and the recent crime show caper The Interceptor. 

The producer behind it all is ITV’s production arm ITV Studios. The BBC insist the project is only in the development stage.


“It’s a book I have loved for years,” Studios boss Francis Hopkinson reveals, but cautions that it will probably be “three or four years away” if the project gets the go-ahead.

The 1976 film, directed by John Sturges, starred Caine as an unlikely German colonel who leads a task force that infiltrates an English village in 1943 with the aim of kidnapping Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

Donald Sutherland played English-hating Irishman Liam Devlin (picture below) who is involved in the plot with Jenny Agutter taking on the role of the local girl he falls for. Donald Pleasence portrayed Heinrich Himmler.

Let’s hope this eagle finds a perch on TV.