Spies are in demand as never before and the job has changed dramatically since the Cold War. But what makes a modern spy. What are 21st century spies like, how are they recruited and trained? What's it like to work inside MI5 or MI6? How do spies operate? What are their targets? And what are the risks that agents and their handlers run? With unrivalled access to the players in this shadowy and dangerous profession and with gripping first hand accounts from agents, informers and handlers, the series investigates some of the most important and controversial spy stories of today. Featuring rare interviews with former British intelligence officers and agents from the CIA, FBI, and Israeli intelligence. From James Bond to Jason Bourne, the fictional world of spying is a world of danger and deception, glamour and lies. How does the myth compare with the reality?
British secret agents discuss how today's spies are recruited and reveal the secrets of spycraft. [50 minutes]
Members of the security services discuss how their work can help to prevent terrorist attacks. [54 minutes]