Posts Tagged ‘Spy TV’

ClandesTime 147 - Crime, Censorship and the Copycat Effect

ClandesTime 147 – Crime, Censorship and the Copycat Effect

For movie censors, crime is perhaps the most complex issue to make decisions about. They want the public to be alert to the possibility of crimes happening, and respectful of law enforcement institutions. But entertainers and audiences want dramatic, ambiguous villains and stories of institutional corruption and hubris. This week ...
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Subscriber Podcast #21 - Satirising the Security State

Subscriber Podcast #21 – Satirising the Security State

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 ...
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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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The FBI thought the TV show The Untouchables inspired Criminals

The FBI thought the TV show The Untouchables inspired Criminals

The Untouchables TV series (1959-63) was the first of its kind - a police procedural with explicit violence and action.  Up until then most detective stories focused on the investigation, but The Untouchables featured the gunfights and car chases that became staples of the genre by the 1970s.  It was ...
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Salisbury, Skripals & Syrian Airstrikes - Tom Secker on Media Roots

Salisbury, Skripals & Syrian Airstrikes – Tom Secker on Media Roots

I recently joined Robbie Martin of Media Roots to discussion the Salisbury poisoning, the Skripals, the Syrian airstrikes and the general state of politics and Russophobia.  We covered many of the reasons to be sceptical of the official story about the poisoning of the Skripals, how this relates to the ...
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Subscriber Podcast #18 - How Pop Culture Predictively Programmed a Poisoning

Subscriber Podcast #18 – How Pop Culture Predictively Programmed a Poisoning

In this month's subscriber-only podcast I take a look at three TV series which predicted or reinforced various aspects of the official story of the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal.  I examine Salvation, Homeland and Strike Back have featured dialogue and storylines about Litvinenko, Russian assassination of former spies, ...
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ClandesTime Special – Conspiracy Theories: The Salisbury Poisoning

ClandesTime Special – Conspiracy Theories: The Salisbury Poisoning

On March 4th Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned in the sleepy British city of Salisbury, by forces currently unknown. The British government immediately blamed Russian intelligence, leading to weeks of accusations and counter-accusations, diplomatic expulsions and lots of conspiracy theories about who really did this, and why ...
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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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