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Al Murray's Great British Spy Movies

Al Murray is joined by former director of MI5 Dame Stella Rimington, political comedian Matt Forde and film expert Matthew Sweet for a fresh look at the great British spy movie.

Comedian and history buff Al Murray is joined by former director of MI5 Dame Stella Rimington, political comedian Matt Forde and film expert Matthew Sweet for a fresh look at the great British spy movie. This round-table discussion looks at the films themselves - not to mention the spies that star in them - and uses them as a lens on the British people, our fear of the world and our changing views of espionage over the decades.

As well as discussing the inevitable moral ambiguity, the limited female roles and general distrust of the intelligence community, we also find out what Dame Stella Rimington, the real M, actually thinks about James Bond, what you really say at a party when someone inevitably asks what you do, the spy gadget she'd really like to get her hands on, and the film that was genuinely used as a training movie when she first joined the service.

1 hour

Last on

Fri 6 Apr 2018 00:00

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:08

    John Barry

    James Bond Theme

  • 00:27

    John Barry

    Main Theme/Capsule In Space

    Orchestra: City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • 00:40

    Ron Grainer

    The Prisoner Theme

  • 00:51

    City of Prague Philharmonic / Raine

    Thunderball - Fight On The Disco Volante / Finale

  • 00:54

    John Barry

    You Only Live Twice

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Al Murray
Interviewed Guest Stella Rimington
Interviewed Guest Matt Forde
Interviewed Guest Matthew Sweet
Producer Matt Nida
Executive Producer Jamie Isaacs
Production Company Liberty Bell Productions

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