AMC Networks is bringing Private Investigator Sam Spade to life in Monsieur Spade series

Clive OWEN, in Monsieur Spade. Photo Credit: AMC
Clive OWEN, in Monsieur Spade. Photo Credit: AMC /

Do you enjoy a good hard-boiled detective story? If so, AMC, AMC+ and Acorn TV have just the show for you with their upcoming limited crime drama Monsieur Spade. It stars award-winning actor Clive Owen in the title role, that of the infamous detective Sam Spade

Writer Dashiell Hammett first brought Private Investigator Sam Spade to life in a serialized story written for Black Mask Magazine. The story was broken into five parts and was published in issues of the pulp magazine from September of 1929 through January 1930. Later in 1930, The Maltese Falcon was released in novel form, and there were also some short stories that included the character.

Although The Maltese Falcon was the only novel to feature the detective, the character of Sam Spade has become symbolic of the “hard-boiled detective.” Humphrey Bogart played Spade in the 1941 film adaptation of The Maltese Falcon.

Now AMC Networks is bringing Spade back in a six-episode series, beginning on Sunday, January 14 at 9:00 p.m. ET on AMC, AMC+ and Acorn TV. After the premiere, a new episode will air each week on Sundays.

Set in 1963, Monsieur Spade sees Detective Sam Spade living in France and enjoying his retirement. All of that changes when six nuns are brutally killed at a convent, and Spade’s investigation turns up a strange connection between the murders and a child who said to hold great power.

Monsieur Spade
Clive OWEN in Monsieur Spade. Photo Credit: Jean-Claude Lother/AMC /

In the first episode:

"“Spade arrives in Bozouls. A brief trip becomes a new chapter as he falls for a local vineyard owner. Years later, Spade remains, a widower and retiree quietly living out his golden years in peace. But the return of his adversary changes everything.”"

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The series was shot in France, and features guest appearances by Alfre Woodard and Dean Winters.

Not a subscriber to AMC+ or Acorn TV? You can change all of that by visiting their websites to sign up for a free trial subscription.

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