Posts Tagged ‘BBC’

Subscriber Podcast #28 - Panorama Breakdown: The Skripal Affair

Subscriber Podcast #28 – Panorama Breakdown: The Skripal Affair

In this month's subscriber-only podcast I break down the BBC's Panorama episode on the Skripal affair.  One year on from the Salisbury poisoning, I offer comments and criticism of one of the most shameless pieces of British state propaganda ever made: Salisbury Nerve Agent Attack - The Inside Story.  I ...
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When Thatcher Banned Celebrities from a Number 10 Party

When Thatcher Banned Celebrities from a Number 10 Party

Recently released files show that Denis Thatcher - the oil baron husband of British PM Margaret Thatcher - personally vetted a list of celebrities to be invited for a glitzy reception at Number 10.  While the likes of Ronnie Corbett, Judi Dench and Andrew Lloyd-Webber were considered friends of the ...
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Novichok being Rebooted More Often than Spiderman

Novichok being Rebooted More Often than Spiderman

As the Amesbury poisoning drama enters its third act we have been given an entirely new set of claims regarding Novichok, which directly contradict the previous claims. With an air of ‘scientific’ authority the BBC is now telling us that Novichok could be around for decades, implying that everyone in ...
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ClandesTime 144 - The Recruit (by Robert Muchamore)

ClandesTime 144 – The Recruit (by Robert Muchamore)

One of the growing markets in spy fiction is pop culture aimed at teenagers or 'young adults'. The CHERUB series by Robert Muchamore depicts a junior wing of MI6, with the first novel in the series – The Recruit – depicting the recruitment, training and first mission of our protagonist, ...
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ClandesTime 134 - Spy vs. Spies

ClandesTime 134 – Spy vs. Spies

Spy is a 2004 BBC gameshow where ordinary members of the public are trained and tested by real life ex-spooks and ultimately some are eliminated until there’s a winner. Spies is a 2017 Channel 4 gameshow where ordinary members of the public are trained and tested by real life ex-spooks ...
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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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