A new three-part series takes a timely look at the secretive world of British intelligence and the impact of their new tactics on the UK’s Muslim communities.
In Radio 4’s The Real Spooks BBC security corresponden Gordon Corera goes behind the scenes to examine what the secret services really do, and what they don’t do.
At the same time, their image has been distorted by popular fiction and television dramas. “I wish life were like Spooks, where everything is (a) knowable, and (b) soluble by six people,” lamented Eliza Manningham-Buller, the former head of MI5. The reality, however, is very different.
In the first programme, Trench Warfare, Corera assesses the impact of 9/11 and the reaction of the British Security Services. Their focus had been on Northern Ireland rather than on people who were prepared to blow themselves up in a suicide bombing, so how did they react, and were they ready to face this new enemy?
Tuesday 4 December, 8.00 BBC RADIO 4