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‘Who killed Great Britain?’: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (BBC 2, 1979) as a modern classic serial

Joseph Oldham

in Paranoid Visions: Spies, Conspiracies and the Secret State in British Television Drama

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781784994150
eISBN:
9781526128379
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781784994150.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

This chapter examines the 1979 BBC 2 serialised adaptation of John Le Carré’s Tinker Tailor Solider Spy, positioning this as the first instance of the BBC seizing the initiative over ITV in the spy ... More


Intrigue: Espionage and Culture

Allan Hepburn

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300104981
eISBN:
9780300148480
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300104981.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Why do spies have such cachet in the twentieth century? Why do they keep reinventing themselves? What do they mean in a political process? This book examines the tradition of the spy narrative from ... More


Walls: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold as Allegory

Allan Hepburn

in Intrigue: Espionage and Culture

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300104981
eISBN:
9780300148480
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300104981.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter examines John le Carré's The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, where an aging, dissolute agent is sacrificed to East versus West politics. In this novel, walls signify obstacles to ... More


Conclusion

Joseph Oldham

in Paranoid Visions: Spies, Conspiracies and the Secret State in British Television Drama

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781784994150
eISBN:
9781526128379
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781784994150.003.0008
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

This conclusion surveys the history and evolution of the spy and conspiracy dramas over the preceding decades, summing up the arguments from the main chapters of the book. This is framed by ... More


Paranoid Visions: Spies, Conspiracies and the Secret State in British Television Drama

Joseph Oldham

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781784994150
eISBN:
9781526128379
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781784994150.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

Paranoid Visions provides an extensive historical account of the spy and conspiracy genres in British television drama, tracing a lineage from 1960s Cold War series, through 1980s paranoid conspiracy ... More


Spy-Burglars and Secrets in the Cold War Capital

Eloise Moss

in Night Raiders: Burglary and the Making of Modern Urban Life in London, 1860-1968

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
July 2019
ISBN:
9780198840381
eISBN:
9780191875960
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198840381.003.0008
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Cultural History

During the late-1940s a spate of burglaries from residences attached to the Soviet Embassy afforded an unexpected window onto the activities of those engaged in Cold War espionage, both perpetrated ... More


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