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.
The students attend the SOE "finishing school" where they will learn the skills needed to operate undercover inside enemy territory such as lock-picking and sending coded messages. They then face a ...
The students go to the remote Scottish Highlands where they learn the survival skills required for life in the field. They are schooled in some of the same techniques which prepared a group of agents...
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.
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 »
One of the best films I've ever seen.
I'm fond of espionage novels and films, especially World War II era. The concept here is brilliant: a group of modern women and men volunteer to undertake the same training program as British Special Operations Executive agents who were being prepared for intelligence-gathering, sabotage, support of local Resistance fighters, and covert communications in territories occupied by the Nazi enemy. This is reality television of a very high order. The participants, both volunteers and their instructors, are utterly convincing. The volunteers are exceptionally brave.
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