Monsieur Spade: complete season guide, recaps, interview, cast, trailer and everything we know about the Clive Owen series

Clive Owen as Sam Spade in Monsieur Spade
(Image credit: Black Bear/AMC)

Sam Spade is back in action with the new AMC series Monsieur Spade. The famed detective who took center stage in Dashiel Hammett's 1930 novel The Maltese Falcon is now retired and living in Southern France, but when a group of nuns is murdered he is called back into action. 

The series stars Clive Owen (Children of Men) as titular hero Spade. Owen also serves as an executive producer on the limited series, which was co-created, written and executive produced by Emmy Award-winners Scott Frank (The Queen's Gambit, LoganMinority Report) and Tom Fontana (City on a HillBorgiaOz). Frank also serves as the series' director. 

What to Watch spoke with Monsieur Spade star Clive Owen about his transformation into Sam Spade and how he approached bringing the character to life. 

Here's everything we know about Monsieur Spade.

How to watch Monsieur Spade

Monsieur Spade is available on AMC and AMC Plus, as well as Acorn TV. AMC is usually included with a standard cable subscription. If you don’t have cable, you can watch AMC through live TV streaming services like YouTube TV, Fubo and Sling TV.

AMC Plus is a standalone service that can be accessed as an add-on channel on Prime Video, Apple TV Plus or Roku. The streaming service additionally allows you to watch content on your computer or mobile device. 

We don't have a release date for UK viewers just yet, but as soon as one is available we'll have it for you right here. 

Monsieur Spade episode guide and recaps

Monsieur Spade episode 1: "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."
Monsieur Spade episode 1 recap

Monsieur Spade episode 2: "The tragedy of the horrific murders is felt by all in the town. Pulled out of retirement, Spade begins to investigate, while Teresa keeps her cards close to her chest. But no one is safe, and Spade may unknowingly put himself in the crosshairs."
Monsieur Spade episode 2 recap

Monsieur Spade episode 3: "Spade searches for answers regarding the mysterious young boy that everyone seems to be looking for. Samir takes him into hiding, but no one knows what to make of his incessant writing. Spade gets a call from the elusive Philippe."
Monsieur Spade episode 3 recap

Monsieur Spade episode 4: "Spade interrogates the intruder and learns that there are people who still very much want him dead. Another body is discovered, and Teresa begins her own investigation into the whereabouts of her father, Philippe Saint-Andre."
Monsieur Spade episode 4 recap

Monsieur Spade episode 5: "Spade gets more than he bargained for when he questions his eccentric neighbors and learns more about the boy's mysterious abilities. Teresa continues her investigation alone. Jean-Pierre faces his past and confronts Philippe."
Monsieur Spade episode 5 recap

Monsieur Spade episode 6: "Spade discovers who has been following him; Philippe sets up a deal for the boy that quickly goes sideways, leading to a dangerous confrontation on the old town bridge; a mysterious newcomer arrives, uncovering secret identities and agendas."
Monsieur Spade episode 6 recap

Monsieur Spade premise

Here's a synopsis of Monsieur Spade from AMC: 

"Monsieur Spade centers around the infamous protagonist of American writer Dashiell Hammett's 1930 classic novel The Maltese Falcon. The year is 1963, and the legendary Detective Sam Spade (Owen) is enjoying his retirement in the South of France. By contrast to his days as a private eye in San Francisco, Spade's life in Bozouls is peaceful and quiet. But the rumored return of his old adversary will change everything. Six beloved nuns have been brutally murdered at the local convent. As the town grieves, secrets emerge, and new leads are established. Spade learns that the murders are somehow connected to a mysterious child who is believed to possess great powers."

Monsieur Spade cast

Clive Owen pulls double duty in Monsieur Spade as both an executive producer and star of the series. The Golden Globe, BAFTA and Screen Actors Guild Award winner is known for his work in Children of Men, The Knick and Closer

Here is the rest of the cast that will bring Monsieur Spade to life:

  • Cara Bossom (Radioactive) as Teresa
  • Denis Ménochet (Inglorious Basterds) as Chief of Police Patrice Michaud
  • Louise Bourgoin (The Romanoffs) as Marguerite Devereaux
  • Chiara Mastroianni (On a Magical Night) as Gabrielle
  • Stanley Weber (Outlander) as Jean-Pierre Devereaux
  • Matthew Beard (The Imitation Game) as George Fitzsimmons 
  • Jonathan Zaccaï (Robin Hood) as Philippe Saint Andre 
  • Rebecca Root (The Queen's Gambit) as Cynthia Fitzsimmons

Monsieur Spade trailer

AMC released a sneak peek of Monsieur Spade ahead of the premiere:

Take a look at the Monsieur Spade trailer and the teaser that offer a look at the legendary gumshoe Sam Spade in action. Take a look below:

Sarabeth Pollock
Editorial Content Producer


Sarabeth joined the What to Watch team in May 2022. An avid TV and movie fan, her perennial favorites are The Walking Dead, American Horror Story, true crime documentaries on Netflix and anything from Passionflix. You’ve Got Mail, Ocean's Eleven and Signs are movies that she can watch all day long. She's also a huge baseball fan, and hockey is a new favorite.  

When she's not working, Sarabeth hosts the My Nights Are Booked Podcast and a blog dedicated to books and interviews with authors and actors. She also published her first novel, Once Upon an Interview, in 2022.