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True Spies takes you inside the world's greatest espionage and detective operations. Our hosts Hayley Atwell and Vanessa Kirby talk to the real spies behind the missions. What do they know? What are their skills? And what would you do in their position? We explore and investigate real life thrillers, mysteries and crimes - stories that prove truth is stranger than fiction! These stories cover lies, murder, theft, sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll. You’ll meet experts from the top intelligence agen ...
 
Elizabeth Hurley takes us on an incredible true crime journey: the theft of the iconic Aston Martin DB5, with ejector seat and machine guns, driven by Sean Connery as 007 in Goldfinger. We meet the rock stars, designers, thieves and art detectives who are part of this extraordinary story. The car's insurers are offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the recovery of the Goldfinger DB5. For more information visit www.artrecovery.com/aston-martin. Disclaimer: The Great James Bond ...
 
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In an Operation Mincemeat special, A Spy Among Friends, Agent Sonya and Double Cross author Ben Macintyre meets former British Intelligence Operative Julian Fisher as they unpack the real story behind the Netflix Movie Operation Mincemeat, starring Colin Firth, Matthew Macfadyen and Kelly Macdonald. Presenter Rory Bremner uncovers a world of daring…
 
True Spies work in all sorts of far-flung locales - but some assignments are closer to home. For Andrew Kirsch, a Special Operations officer with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, the suburbs of Toronto hold as much intrigue as Moscow or Baghdad. Vanessa Kirby joins Andrew on a nail-biting infiltration mission to unmask a home-grown terro…
 
Deep in the jungles of Central America, right-wing 'Contra' guerrillas face off against government forces. Major Alex, a Honduran army officer, trains and supplies the Contras on the ground. Except Major Alex isn't a Major at all - he's Ric Prado, CIA. Vanessa Kirby joins Ric as he recalls the most nail-biting moments from his time undercover. Coul…
 
In the Old West, money talks and six-guns shout. All too often, it's not a world that rewards subtlety. Enter Charlie Siringo - a detective with the world-famous Pinkerton Agency. Vanessa Kirby joins Charlie to outwit outlaws, bust fraudulent prospectors and bring the hammer down on union toughs. Could YOU survive the Frontier? From SPYSCAPE, the h…
 
Some stories are too fascinating to go untold. Author and journalist Yudhijit Bhattacharjee tells them. When he heard about a dyslexic spy who came close to selling some of America's most dangerous secrets, he had to know more. With the help of the FBI agent who brought the traitor to justice, he spent years researching this incredible tale. Could …
 
It's 2003, and coalition forces have taken Baghdad. A conference is held to portion out the contracts that will sustain the occupation. The United Kingdom sends a minister to negotiate their share - but the war-torn city is too dangerous for him to travel alone. Enter Carlton King - a senior protection officer with the Metropolitan Police Special B…
 
In 1992, the Cold War is all but over. But for Special Agent John Whiteside, the counter-espionage case of a lifetime is about to begin. An anonymous source reports a traitor within the NSA, active during the height of the Vietnam War. He thinks he's gotten away with it - but the crimes of the past call for modern justice. Could YOU turn the heat u…
 
In the remote mountains of Northern Idaho, there's no shortage of places to hide. Fortunately, Deputy US Marshal Marc Cameron is an expert seeker. It's 1996, and a dangerous fugitive has taken refuge in the dense forests of Bonner County. Vanessa Kirby joins Marc on an audacious operation to lure the outlaw into the open. Could YOU hunt the deadlie…
 
It's World War One, and German submarine technology terrorises the British Navy. Fortunately, Captain Gordon Campbell is anything but traditional. He's at the helm of the first 'Q-boats' - heavily armed sub-busters, ingeniously disguised as civilian ships. Vanessa Kirby sets sail with Captain Campbell on a secretive mission to take back the oceans.…
 
It's 1989, and the USA has invaded Panama. The country's corrupt leader, General Manuel Noriega, goes in to hiding. Martha Duncan of the Defense Intelligence Agency is tasked with tracking him down - and she'll do whatever it takes to bring him out in to the open. Vanessa Kirby joins the hunt for Panama's most wanted. Could YOU catch a dictator? Fr…
 
Uruzgan Province, Southern Afghanistan. An Army convoy rumbles in on the dangerous highway from Kandahar, bringing vital supplies to American troops. This is facilitated by Matiullah Khan, a local warlord with connections in the Afghan government. When two US soldiers are assassinated by an Afghan ally, Naval intelligence officer Matt Cricchio susp…
 
2 years after the USA resumed diplomatic relations with Cuba, American intelligence officers on the island began experiencing strange and debilitating neurological symptoms. Before long, the phenomenon began affecting US officials around the world. Veteran CIA officer Marc Polymeropoulos was first afflicted during a trip to Russia in 2017 - and he'…
 
Who was Britain's Ace of Spies? The truth is, nobody really knows. But the name he used was Sidney Reilly - and nobody did it better. Vanessa Kirby follows Sidney on his dark and bloody path through the early 20th century, reckoning with oil barons, personal pride, and the rise of Communism. Could YOU survive decades on the edge? From SPYSCAPE, the…
 
Undercover ATF Agent Jay Dobyns was shot during his first week of work. He went on to spend 27 years in the field. That should tell you something about a man who risked his personal health and happiness to infiltrate one of America's toughest biker gangs, the Hell's Angels. Jay had to prove himself worthy of membership - and the price of admission …
 
When health issues ended Ulrich Larsen's career in the kitchen, the Danish chef embarked on an altogether more dangerous livelihood - spying on North Korea. After gaining the trust of the Korean Friendship Association in Denmark, he was sent to the isolated dictatorship as an envoy, where he gathered evidence of sanction-busting deals in arms and n…
 
During the 1980s, a rash of hostage situations in the Middle East threatened American lives. in response, President Reagan authorised new legislation which empowered the FBI to hunt the hostage takers down - any time, any place. Former Assistant Director Oliver 'Buck' Revell led the first operation of this kind - a daring plot to capture a Lebanese…
 
In the desert of Southern Afghanistan, CIA Case Officer Douglas Laux is on the hunt. He's traced a number of deadly IED attacks to a shadowy figure with ties to the Taliban. Now, his mission is to bring him down before more US personnel are killed. To do so, he'll have to push himself - and his assets - to the limit. How long could YOU take the hea…
 
Jeff Miller and Nick Brockhausen are two ex-Green Berets who share a brotherhood forged in battle. Their philosophy? Where there's war, there's money to be made. And if you can do a little good at the same time, all the better. In the 1990s, Jeff and Nick decided to open a commando training school for Bosnian forces in the besieged capital of Saraj…
 
Writer and researcher Julia Ebner makes a living out of infiltrating extremist groups. In the divided political landscape of the 21st century, some of those groups are making a play for the mainstream. Enter Generation Identity - a European far-right organisation putting a millennial gloss on old and dangerous ideas. Vanessa Kirby follows Julia as …
 
The tools in a spy's arsenal are more varied than you might think. But they all come under one name: Tradecraft. In our fourth round of insights from the world of espionage, Vanessa Kirby meets brave investigators, wily whistleblowers and whip-smart spycatchers in the ultimate digest of the series so far. Could YOU master the craft? From SPYSCAPE, …
 
The tools in a spy's arsenal are more varied than you might think. But they all come under one name: Tradecraft. In our third round of insights from the world of espionage, Vanessa Kirby meets daring undercovers, sweet-talking case officers and spies who shaped history in the ultimate digest of the series so far. Could YOU master the craft? From SP…
 
In the fall of 1973, journalist Emil Draitser met an ageing Soviet super-spy. His name was Dmitri Brystrolyotov, and for him, sex and secrets went hand-in-hand. At the time, Emil could scarcely believe what he heard - much less publish it. 30 years later, long after the collapse of the USSR, Brystrolyotov's story could finally be told. Vanessa Kirb…
 
To her colleagues, South African journalist Sue Dobson appeared to be a pro-Apartheid conservative. Nothing could have been further from the truth. In fact, she was a trained paramilitary and secret agent, infiltrating the government's propaganda wing on behalf of the African National Congress. Vanessa Kirby relates an incredible story of bravery i…
 
Today, veteran CIA operative Doug Patteson is an expert in his field. But as a rookie Case Officer in South-East Asia, he still had a lot to learn. When the Agency put him in an awkward position, Doug was forced to find the middle-ground between his personal code and the life he chose. Could YOU always put the job first? From SPYSCAPE, the home of …
 
It's 1999, and DoD intelligence officer Bob Gourley is at the vanguard of the US Government's defence against cyber-espionage. He's joined a taskforce charged with uncovering the shadowy hackers who have been siphoning America's scientific secrets for 3 years. If he wants answers, Bob needs to navigate cutting-edge tech, inter-agency backbiting and…
 
Spy. Counterspy. Mercenary. Informant. Ricardo 'Monkey' Morales was all these things and more. Rising from humble beginnings in Cuba, he served within various intelligence agencies before becoming notorious in the criminal underworld of 1980s Miami. But when the FBI came knocking, he mounted a daring wire-tap operation against the city's powerful d…
 
It's 2011, and the hunt for Osama Bin Laden is intensifying. Shawnee Delaney, a case officer for the Defense Intelligence Agency, is determined to be the one to bring him in. But her source on the ground - an Islamic scholar with ties to Al Qaeda - proves to be a difficult man to recruit. To succeed, she needs to figure out what motivates him - and…
 
When it comes to cyber-espionage, white-hat hacker Matt Devost is someone you want on your side. When a corporate client reported extortionate emails from an unknown aggressor, Matt was determined to unmask them. To do so, he'd need to test the limits of his considerable skills - and step out from behind the keyboard. Could YOU become a hacker for …
 
CIA Operations Officer Doug London had one shot to recruit one of Al-Qaeda's key facilitators. Doug has to find common ground with a man with a vastly different background and belief system. Lives hang in the balance. He has to succeed. Vanessa Kirby tells the story of how Doug did it. How would YOU do it? From SPYSCAPE, the home of secrets. A Cup …
 
When banker Keith Bulfin went to prison, he entered a waking nightmare. When he got out, things only got worse. As a reluctant agent of the DEA, he was tasked with infiltrating the brutal world of the Cartels. If he was successful, he'd be given a chance to return to his old life. If not, living wouldn't be an issue. Could YOU take the strain? From…
 
Linguist and intelligence analyst Charity Wright has spent her career monitoring China. But as the country expands its influence around the globe, she's worried that the balance of global power could be shifting. Vanessa Kirby reveals the ways in which Chinese espionage could shape the future of the planet. What could YOU discover? From SPYSCAPE, t…
 
FBI agent Giovanni Rocco grew up playing in the back yards of New Jersey's criminal class. As an adult, he went undercover to take them down. Vanessa Kirby follows Giovanni's descent into the violent world that inspired HBO's hit series, The Sopranos. Could YOU meet the Family - and live? From SPYSCAPE, the home of secrets. A Cup And Nuzzle product…
 
Elizabeth Hurley concludes the series by analysing three scenarios that might explain the fate of the missing DB5 - and considers an intriguing new lead. Art Recovery International is still offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the recovery of the Goldfinger DB5. For more information visit www.artrecovery.com/aston-martin. Disclaime…
 
In Atlanta, a woman is found murdered. The suspect? An employee of a hostile Embassy, responsible for monitoring secret communications. He's also a spy, recruited by the FBI. Now he's on the run, and the pressure is on for the Bureau to bring him in - before his own side take him out. Vanessa Kirby joins former Assistant Director for Counterintelli…
 
An anonymous tip-off places 007's Aston Martin in a warehouse in New Jersey, throwing suspicion back onto the car's last owner. Elizabeth Hurley investigates. Art Recovery International is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the recovery of the Goldfinger DB5. For more information visit www.artrecovery.com/aston-martin. Disclaimer…
 
Northern Philadelphia, 1989. FBI agent Judy Tyler is on the hunt. Her target? A local entrepreneur with a lucrative side-line as a cocaine kingpin. From wiretaps to polygraphs to secret cameras, Judy has the Bureau's full arsenal of tradecraft tricks at her disposal - but can she get her man before someone gets hurt? Vanessa Kirby joins Judy on the…
 
Elizabeth Hurley examines the birth of a star car, featuring Sean Connery, The Who's Roger Daltrey, and some very desirable toys. Art Recovery International is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the recovery of the Goldfinger DB5. For more information visit www.artrecovery.com/aston-martin. Disclaimer: The Great James Bond Car Ro…
 
Missionary. Agent. Inventor. Charles Fraser-Smith fought his war from a workshop, creating the real-life equipment that would inspire one of Ian Flemings' most beloved creations - Q, the MI6 quartermaster. During WW2, Fraser-Smith was the mind behind some of the British spy's most essential kit in the fight against the Nazis. Vanessa Kirby meets th…
 
Why did the missing DB5's owner end up in court? Elizabeth Hurley investigates. Art Recovery International is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the recovery of the Goldfinger DB5. For more information visit www.artrecovery.com/aston-martin. Disclaimer: The Great James Bond Car Robbery is not affiliated with EON Productions, Metr…
 
It's the early-90's, and the USA is still reeling from the LA Race Riots. A paranoid Far Right are preparing for all-out war. With his blonde hair and blue eyes, Mike German is the picture-perfect neo-Nazi. But in reality, he's working undercover, infiltrating a cell of violent white supremacists for the FBI. Vanessa Kirby joins Mike in the belly o…
 
Elizabeth Hurley's hunt for James Bond's stolen DB5 takes her to Alderley Edge, home of David Beckham and a car-theft hotspot. Art Recovery International is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the recovery of the Goldfinger DB5. For more information visit www.artrecovery.com/aston-martin. Disclaimer: The Great James Bond Car Robbe…
 
What secrets do you give away with the twitch of an eyelid - the tap of a finger? Joe Navarro knows. As an FBI agent, he developed an innate gift for reading body language. But when Joe came up against hyper-intelligent US traitor Rod Ramsay, those skills were put to the test. The consequences of failure? Nuclear. Vanessa Kirby enters a world of li…
 
Elizabeth Hurley considers cut wires, sleeping guards and hangar parties as she explores a second theory about the disappearance of Bond's iconic silver Aston Martin. Art Recovery International is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the recovery of the Goldfinger DB5. For more information visit www.artrecovery.com/aston-martin. Di…
 
Ronen Bergman is comfortable in the company of spies. As one of Israel's foremost investigative journalists, he's been privy to the inner workings of the country's legendary intelligence community. But when he was tasked with writing a definitive history of the Mossad's targeted assassinations, he came up against serious resistance from inside the …
 
Elizabeth Hurley's quest to find the legendary Goldfinger Aston Martin DB5 sheds light on a high-stakes auction and a flamboyant Floridian who becomes the legendary vehicle's new owner. Art Recovery International is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the recovery of the Goldfinger DB5. For more information visit www.artrecovery.c…
 
Robert Wittman was a special kind of Special Agent. During his long career with the FBI, he went undercover to retrieve millions of dollars worth of stolen art. When a priceless Rembrandt was stolen from Sweden's National Gallery, Robert descended into Europe's criminal underworld to get it back. Vanessa Kirby narrates a high-stakes hunt for a trul…
 
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