My Life as a Spy

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Duration: 1 hour

Director Leslie Woodhead recalls his experiences as a 19-year-old National Serviceman in the late 1950s, when he was recruited for secret Russian language training. Along with 5,000 other young conscripts, he became a sleuth on the front line of the Cold War in Berlin, listening in on Soviet pilots, army units and naval exercises. Including interviews with Alan Bennett and Michael Frayn, who were part of the same project.

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Leslie Woodhead
Alan Bennett
Michael Frayn

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