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

Archive Hour | Spies Like Us

The network the KGB dubbed the 'Magnificent Five'.

CHANNEL | Radio 4

FIRST BROADCAST | 26 May 2001

DURATION | 56 minutes 24 seconds

FIRSTBROADCAST

2001

Synopsis

Simon Hoggart presents a comprehensive analysis of the lives and motivations of two of Britain's most notorious spies, Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean. Their defection in 1951 would spark a hunt for a nest of traitors that would span three decades, bridge two continents and strike at the very heart of the British security services.

Did you know?

Author John Le Carre, who appears as a contributor in this programme, worked for both MI5 and MI6 during the 1950s and 1960s and was allegedly one of the dozens of operatives whose cover was blown by Kim Philby, another of the 'Cambridge Five'.

Contributors

Simon Hoggart
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Robert Cecil
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David Graham
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Gerald Hamilton
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