While most entertainment supports or promote the military, police and intelligence agencies there is a smaller but important sub-genre that critiques and satirises the security state. On this month’s subscriber-only podcast I look at four examples – two TV series and two films – that mock and criticise the security and intelligence agencies. From Snake Outta Compton to Action Team, Take Two to Espionage Tonight, this is an exploration of those rare diamonds that ridicule the violence, paranoia and hostility of those agencies that claim to protect us.
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