Posts Tagged ‘BBC’

Extra Bonus Podcast - House of Cards 3 - The Final Cut

Extra Bonus Podcast – House of Cards 3 – The Final Cut

In our review of the final season of the original House of Cards, Pearse and I discuss whether Urquhart is a psychopath, or someone so brutalised by the military and ruling class life that he is indistinguishable from one. We look at The Final Cut's depiction of British foreign policy ...
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Extra Bonus Podcast - House of Cards Season 2

Extra Bonus Podcast – House of Cards Season 2

In this extra bonus podcast for subscribers Pearse and I discuss the second season of the British House of Cards - To Play the King.  Our review covers numerous parallels between what happens in the series - when a left-wing King rises to challenge Urquhart and how the PM and ...
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Extra Bonus Podcast - House of Cards Season 1

Extra Bonus Podcast – House of Cards Season 1

Pearse hosted this podcast for his subscribers but I am also making it available for those of you who support me on Patreon as well.  In the first of three episodes, Pearse and I examine season 1 of the original (and superior) House of Cards, which follows Francis Urquhart's rise ...
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ClandesTime 123 - Buster Crabb

ClandesTime 123 – Buster Crabb

Lionel ‘Buster’ Crabb, OBE, was a Royal Navy frogman and MI6 diver who disappeared while on an underwater spying mission in April 1956. For three quarters of a century the story around Crabb has remained a mystery – was he killed by the Soviets, whose ship he was spying on? ...
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Top Secret Files on the Disappearance of Buster Crabb

Top Secret Files on the Disappearance of Buster Crabb

Buster Crabb was a WW2 British Navy Frogman who in 1956 was recruited by MI6 to spy on Soviet ships docking in Portsmouth harbour during a goodwill visit.  These files - some available here for the first time - detail the British government's interference in the inquest into Crabb's presumed ...
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ClandesTime 103 - MI5 Censorship of Panorama

ClandesTime 103 – MI5 Censorship of Panorama

In 1980 the BBC's documentary series Panorama began developing an episode on British intelligence.  This was the first of its kind, at least by such a prominent and respected series, but both the central government and the intelligence agencies were not happy.  Over a period of several months they put ...
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Top Secret File on Government Censorship of Panorama

Top Secret File on Government Censorship of Panorama

In the summer of 1980 the BBC's flagship documentary series Panorama was developing a TV special about British intelligence.  This was the first film of its kind, and perhaps unsurprisingly Thatcher's government was not happy about it.  Downing Street put pressure on the film-makers via BBC Director-General Ian Threthowan, and ...
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ClandesTime 085 - WW2 Spies and Hyperreality

ClandesTime 085 – WW2 Spies and Hyperreality

Mutt and Jeff were a pair of Norwegian double agents during WW2, named after the popular cartoon characters.  They played a crucial role in deceiving the Nazi intelligence apparatus by taking part in false flag sabotage and deception operations.  Several of these operations have very curious codenames including Operation GUY ...
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Disinfowars 26 - The Power of Nightmares

Disinfowars 26 – The Power of Nightmares

The Power of Nightmares was possibly the last great documentary series produced by the BBC. A decade after it was first broadcast I look back at the series, offering a brief review before using this as a basis for analyzing recent events. I discuss the criticism of the film-maker Adam ...
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Thatcher, the Army boots and Yes, Minister

Thatcher, the Army boots and Yes, Minister

The latest batch of documents released by the UK National Archives includes a file on Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's visit to Northern Ireland in December 1982.  Buried within the documents is an exchange about the quality of Army overboots provided to the Bessbrook barracks in County Armagh. Complaints about the ...
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