Guy Burgess at the BBC | The early career of the Cambridge spy
Document Type | Expenses Claim Sheet
This claim for expenses incurred while on BBC business includes travelling first class to a memorial service and using taxis as a matter of course. The claim would appear to have been contested by the BBC as the accompanying note from Burgess (written on the back of another memo) sets out a forthright list of his reasons for making it.
Read the next document in this chain of correspondence.
Guy Burgess was highly regarded as a producer at the BBC for his ability to persuade major public figures to take part in broadcasts and for his knack of getting their best performances. 'Miss Lloyd George' refers to Megan Lloyd George, daughter of former Prime Minister David Lloyd George and MP for Anglesey. Eric Hooper, later managing director of Schweppes, was at this time director of the Political Research Centre, a body set up to keep Conservative doctrine alive during the wartime parliamentary truce. He was also a regular broadcaster on the BBC, appearing in the morale-boosting 'Onlooker' slot.
The relative merits of three Cambridge graduates are assessed by the university.
A Cambridge don provides a reference for Guy Burgess
An astute assessment of Burgess' strengths and weaknesses by his Cambridge University tutor.
Burgess is pursued for a photograph by an exasperated BBC administrator.
Burgess, as a BBC producer, advises Blunt about speaking on the radio
Burgess recounts his conversation with a mistrustful Churchill.
Burgess fails to clear his desk when he leaves the BBC.
Burgess forgets to sign his BBC staff contract and is unhappy with the salary offered.
The case of the locked door.
A concerned Director of Talks reports on his handling of Burgess and the locked door incident.
Burgess gives his version of events in the case of the locked door.
Burgess insists on travelling first class and claims for visiting the House of Commons.
A revealing insight into Burgess' working day from an exasperated administrator.
Alarm is expressed at Burgess' profligate use of BBC funds for entertaining MPs.
'MPs are expensive to entertain.'
Burgess' case for travelling first class is disputed.
Burgess persists with his claim for first-class travel.
His country needs him: Burgess is required for essential war work.
The head of the Talks Department is reluctant to let Burgess go.
Guy Burgess plans to leave the BBC to join the Foreign Office.
The manner and timing of Burgess' departure from the BBC causes concern.
A summary of Burgess' strengths, weaknesses and suitability for re-employment.
The BBC may have uncovered a clue to Burgess' recent movements.
The BBC and the Foreign Office are called to account for employing Burgess.
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