‘Archie’ premiere date: ITV confirms when Cary Grant drama starts

ITV has announced when Archie begins!

The upcoming four-part period drama stars Harry Potter actor Jason Isaacs as Archie Leech, better known by his stage name… Cary Grant.

Written by Jeff Pope (Philomena, Stan & Ollie), ITV’s new mini-series explores the fascinating true story behind Hollywood’s greatest leading man.

Archie is set to reveal how “deceit, cruelty and one, overpowering lie” shaped the star’s life.

Born in Bristol, England in 1904, the young Archibald Alexander Leach left his troubled childhood and extreme poverty behind to lead timeless movies like Notorious, North By Northwest, and To Catch a Thief.

When’s the release date?

All four episodes of Archie will be available to watch in the UK from Thursday 23 November on ITV’s streaming service ITVX.

The series will then launch in the US on BritBox very soon.

Archie will get an airing on ITV’s traditional broadcast channel ITV1 at some point in 2024.

Jason Isaacs (Operation Mincemeat, Mrs Harris Goes to Paris) is joined in Archie by Laura Aikman (Gavin and Stacey) as Cary Grant’s ex-wife, Dyan Cannon.

Harriet Walter (Downton Abbey) is playing his mother, Elsie Leach, while Kara Tointon from Mr Selfridge will play Elsie in her younger years.

Other familiar faces in the cast include Jason Watkins (The Crown), Niamh Cusack (The Virtues), Henry Lloyd-Hughes (Ragdoll), Ian Puleston-Davies (DI Ray), Ian McNeice (Doc Martin), and Lisa Faulkner (EastEnders).

The project has been written with the blessing of Cary Grant’s daughter, Jennifer Grant, and ex-wife Dyan Cannon, who were both extensively interviewed by Archie writer Jeff Pope.

“My father’s formative years as Archie Leach in Bristol, England, and the extraordinary challenges he faced, lie at the heart of Archie,” Grant commented.

“Cary Grant is emblematic of charm, wit and grace, but unknown to most are the enormous challenges he overcame to create himself,” she said.

Cary Grant: The Collection is available on DVD on Amazon.