What concerns us here is the Intelligence Services Act (ISA) of 1994. Buried deep within are a number of sections, as with all such acts. Section 7 is very special indeed. Does Section 7 allow spies to murder?
In the first few episodes we look behind the names of a few of our most famous spies. We didn’t want to start with Kim Philby or the Cambridge Five. They will have their day. We start today with Sir Maurice Oldfield, M himself.
It was the play that went wrong, before The Play That Goes Wrong. Even in 1995, Stephen Fry was a huge star, riding the crest of a career wave that saw him popping up in all kinds of roles, in all kinds of places. His appearance as the Russian mole, George Blake, in Simon Gray’s Cell Mates, was the final straw.
Our Three Walks
Cold War Mayfair
Our Mayfair walk is our Cold War experience. Tracing the steps of murdered KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko, walking between the old HQ of MI5 and the former American Embassy, you will tread in the same footprints as British, American and Russian spies at the height of the Cold War and beyond.
Our most visually dramatic walk around Westminster. Starting near the Foreign Office, we walk between the former MI6 HQ in Broadway to end near the current MI6 HQ at Vauxhall Cross. New for 2018, this walk includes a free drink in the spy room of the Morpeth Arms pub. We have adjusted the route for 2018 to include the amazing new American Embassy in Nine Elms.
Our newest walk, new for 2018. At the height of World War II, Baker Street was a hotbed of spying and intrigue. A series of flats and offices housed a spying outfit so secret that we are still uncovering its most dramatic missions behind enemy lines. Welcome to the world of SOE, the Special Operations Executive, a fore-runner to the American CIA.