Churchill’s Secret Agents: The New Recruits TV BBC Two Airing now – also on BBC iPlayer
The job of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) during the Second World War was deceptively straightforward: to undertake espionage, sabotage and reconnaissance in occupied Europe. This was fearfully dangerous work and those sent behind enemy lines had to undertake rigorous training.
Just how rigorous is explored in a fivepart series duplicating the instruction given out in the 1940s. The series begins with a group of modern hopefuls undergoing a series of physical and mental tests to determine if they can progress to full training.
A new series puts modern recruits through the rigours of SOE training