Modern Spies is a documentary series presented by Peter Taylor. The series sees Peter taking a look at the real world of modern spies. For the first time on television, British secret agents talk about their work.
So how close are real spies to the Bournes and the Bonds? In this two-part series BBC investigative journalist Peter Taylor finds out when he looks at the world of the modern day secret agent. From James Bond to Spooks, from Jason Bourne to Tinker Tailor, spying is big box office business. Its vocabulary has become familiar to us all, from ‘stings’ and ‘moles’ to ‘dead letter drops’ and ‘honey traps’.
The fact is that the image of such operations as depicted on the big and small screens – and in airport blockbusters too – is firmly rooted in reality. The ‘tradecraft’ is common to both the fictional and real world of spying.
But how much of what we see is a realistic depiction? The filmmaker had unprecedented access to serving officers from MI5 (the UK domestic security service) and MI6 (the UK overseas secret Intelligence Service), as well as FBI and CIA employees – the only stipulation being that their names were changed and they weren’t allowed to discuss specific operations or policy issues.
Part Whitehall farce, part Cold War throwback, this is the inside story of the Russian “honey trap” spy who never was. How did an MP’s former assistant come to be wrongly accused by MI5 of being a threat to British national security? In an exclusive interview, Katia Zatuliveter tells Panorama’s Peter Taylor how she became the centre of a diplomatic row over her relationship with a Liberal Democrat MP.
The 26 year-old Russian graduate reacts to being cleared of the charge – made by government lawyers – that she exploited her position as Mike Hancock’s assistant and mistress to pass information to Moscow.
The film also interviews Mr Hancock, who sat on the Commons Defence Select Committee and chaired its all-party Russia Group, and speaks to former Russian and British intelligence officers who warn of new security tensions with Moscow.
The world of British espionage: a top-secret world of smoke and mirrors. In this film, black-ops are uncovered – the special operations our intelligence services want kept classified. Exposed are the commando units brought in to do this dirty work. It is revealed that, when it comes to making friends, our intelligence agencies aren’t particularly choosy. And meet the intelligence services’ biggest coup: the double agent at the heart of the KGB.
Features Stephen Dorril, Richard Tomlinson, Mark Birdsall, Fred Holroyd, Baroness Park, Colin Wallace, Mark Gutteridge, Igor Prelin, Oleg Gordievsky and Gerald Warner.
Sexual method to take information.
Sex, Spies, and the 1960s