Eye on the spies in BBC’S real-life se­cu­rity ser­vices probe

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MONDAY EXTRA -

do the lives of real life spies shape up to those of big-screen favourites like Ja­son Bourne (played by Matt Da­mon, pic­tured) and James Bond? In the new two-parter Mod­ern Spies, BBC in­ves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ist Peter Tay­lor finds out. Spy­ing is big box-of­fice busi­ness. The craft’s vo­cab­u­lary – stings, moles, dead let­ter drops and honey traps – are op­er­a­tions firmly rooted in re­al­ity. Trade­craft may be com­mon to both fic­tional and real-world spy­ing, but how much of what ap­pears on screen is re­al­is­tic? Tay­lor speaks to serv­ing of­fi­cers from UK do­mes­tic se­cu­rity ser­vice MI5, over­seas spy ser­vice MI6 and US FBI and CIA em­ploy­ees. Their names have been changed, but they speak can­didly enough.

8.30pm, ABC1.


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