Cambridge Spies | How Philby, Burgess, Maclean, Blunt and Cairncross were unmasked
CHANNEL | Radio 4
FIRST BROADCAST | 01 November 1979
DURATION | 7 minutes 8 seconds
Interviewed by Robin Day, author Andrew Boyle discusses his book 'The Climate of Treason', a look at five British traitors who were Russian spies. Though he refuses to identify two of the men because of legal concerns, Boyle explains some of the reasons why it took so long to unmask Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean.
During World War II, Andrew Boyle worked in Britain's military intelligence in the Far East. He came to write 'The Climate of Treason' after some disgruntled former MI5 colleagues of Anthony Blunt decided to expose his treachery because he continued to enjoy a privileged life in the UK. Boyle chose to use codenames for the previously unidentified spies, referring to Blunt as 'Maurice'.
Two of our diplomats are missing!
British journalist returns from meeting Burgess and Maclean in Moscow.
A meeting with a spy.
The MP Tom Driberg remembers his friendship with Guy Burgess.
Donald Maclean writes a book on British foreign policy.
Andrew Boyle, the Cambridge Spies and 'The Climate of Treason'.
'A case of political conscience against loyalty to country.'
Margaret Thatcher exposes Anthony Blunt's treachery in Parliament.
Reflections on an era of betrayal.
More allegations surface of double agents within MI5.
Another Cambridge spy speaks out.
A portrait of an unlikely spy.
A KGB agent names the Cambridge spy ring's 'fifth man'.
The 'fifth man' from the Cambridge spy ring is named.
The network the KGB dubbed the 'Magnificent Five'.
A former head of MI5 investigates the Cambridge Spies.
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