Cambridge Spies | How Philby, Burgess, Maclean, Blunt and Cairncross were unmasked

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More allegations surface of double agents within MI5.

CHANNEL | BBC 2

FIRST BROADCAST | 23 March 1981

DURATION | 11 minutes 38 seconds

FIRSTBROADCAST

1981

Synopsis

This item from a longer programme investigates recent reports about corruption within the security services. George Young, a former deputy director of MI6, discusses the possibility of Driberg and one-time MI5 head Roger Hollis being spies, while American novelist Michael Straight explains how he came to be recruited by Anthony Blunt.

Did you know?

This report begins with newsreel footage of the late journalist and MP Tom Driberg with Guy Burgess in Red Square. It was during this trip to the USSR that Driberg was targeted by the KGB. It's alleged that he was photographed in a homosexual encounter with a view to blackmail.

Contributors

Reporter
Michael Straight
Contributor
George Young
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