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Churchill's Secret Agents: The New Recruits 

Secret Agent Selection: WW2 (original title)
Immersive history series focusing on one of World War II's most covert organisations, Britain's Special Operations Executive. A group of modern-day volunteers undertake the SOE agent training programme.








Series cast summary:
Douglas Henshall ...  Himself - Narrator 5 episodes, 2018
Debbey Clitheroe Debbey Clitheroe ...  Contributor 5 episodes, 2018
Robert Copsey Robert Copsey ...  Contributor 5 episodes, 2018
William Beresford Davies William Beresford Davies ...  Contributor 5 episodes, 2018
Lizzie Jeffreys Lizzie Jeffreys ...  Contributor 5 episodes, 2018
Nicky Moffat Nicky Moffat ...  Conducting Staff 5 episodes, 2018
Mike Rennie Mike Rennie ...  Conducting Staff 5 episodes, 2018
Alastair Stanley Alastair Stanley ...  Contributor 5 episodes, 2018
Magdalena Thomas Magdalena Thomas ...  Contributor 5 episodes, 2018
Adrian Weale ...  Commander 5 episodes, 2018
Samy Ali Samy Ali ...  Contributor 4 episodes, 2018
Rohini Bajaj Rohini Bajaj ...  Contributor 4 episodes, 2018
Roger Barris Roger Barris ...  Contributor 3 episodes, 2018


Fourteen modern day recruits see if they could have become unofficial spies and secret agents in occupied 1940s Europe. Following real training exercises from the British Archives, these men and women learn combat, surveillance and survival skills and test their abilities in training scenarios. Only the best will make it to the final episode. Real missions and personalities from wartime are also featured, connecting the training to actual objectives and operatives.

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Release Date:

9 April 2018 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (archive footage)| Stereo


Color | Black and White (archive footage)
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Did You Know?


The filming took place at the Alvie and Dalraddy Estates (4 miles from Aviemore) in the Cairngorms and Forglen Estate, near Turriff in Aberdeenshire. See more »

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A great insight to the brave volunteers of the SOE
24 April 2019 | by phrsmithSee all my reviews

Reality TV show? not really it was more of an insight into how "ordinary" people from all sorts of backgrounds, men and women volunteered to put their lives on the line to win the war. I think it truly showed how those actually trainee agents of the time would have had failure and success, doubts and fears. It also shows just how much you can't judge a book by it's cover and that Hollywood portrait of what a spy should be is some way off the mark. So at the end of the training, would they have been completely confident to go on missions? probably not but would still go anyway.

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