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Living with Secrets

28 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 30 August 2011

As part of Radio 4's Secret Britain series, Peter Taylor meets people who keep or have kept the darkest state secrets, to hear how it feels to live a life in the shadows:

The Derry family who put their lives on the line for peace; the Muslim agent who spies on Islamist extremists; the mandarin charged with guarding Britain's secrets; and the Special Branch officer who infiltrated subversive revolutionary groups.

Presenter: Peter Taylor
Producer: Richard Knight.

  • What is it like to keep top state secrets?

    What is it like to keep top state secrets?

    A secret world of people in the UK, many of them ordinary citizens, are living extraordinary double lives to help the government. But what is it like to live with the danger and loneliness involved and keep important state secrets?

    Read more on the BBC news website


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