What other London spy tour besides THE INTELLIGENCE TRAIL also creates and produces a critically acclaimed UK spy podcast for you to listen to? That’s right, none.
Listen to ‘Trail guide Brian Gray dissect and comment on the latest UK intelligence issues each month on the Sunday Spy Show from Spies & Shadows TV: available here and on iTunes.
You’ll have probably already realised that THE INTELLIGENCE TRAIL is all about offering content-rich (while highly enjoyable!) learning experiences. The most obvious examples are the private spy tours in central London, but talks and visits are other vehicles for educating those interested in the second oldest profession.
A few years later and the monthly Sunday Spy Show has been called “…the best spy podcast anywhere in the world.” That’s praise indeed, especially when that endorsement came from a seasoned US intelligence practitioner who also just happened to be previously in charge of the White House Presidential Emergency Operations Center (PEOC).
Now settling on a monthly UK spy podcast (it’s been weekly, fortnightly and bi-monthly over the years) schedule, it’s the perfect opportunity to understand what’s going on with MI5, MI6, and GCHQ as reported by the world’s media. Trail guide Brian Gray has the ominous task of selecting the key stories that will make the show, and then dissect it for further comment and opinion. And he doesn’t hold back!
For example, the podcast has arguably been the only one in the UK that’s regularly covered the progress and criticism of the formidable – and outright draconian – Investigatory Powers Bill at each stage, plus the possible overhauling of the Official Secrets Act. There’s also been in-depth reaction and opinion on the Chilcot Report. Where mainstream media fears to tread – either due to lack of thought, time, or editorial guidelines – there’s little to stop the Sunday Spy Show going head first into things.
With regular interviews featuring intelligence authors from the UK and beyond, plus established US intelligence contributor Professor Michael Brady (one third of podcast listeners are from the USA – bemusing for a UK intelligence podcast!) commenting on the latest Stateside intel issues, the Sunday Spy Show is firmly establishing itself in the realm of intelligent intelligence comment and opinion.
Just like the tours however, there’s always room for a bit of light-heartedness here and there. Whether it’s commenting on spy film news, or asking authors which spy dinner guests (alive or dead, real or fictitious) they’d invite around, you’ll hopefully have a smile on your face at some point when you listen to it.
And if you’ve not listened to it before, here’s your chance! Just push play on the embedded player below to listen to Episode 50 which features some of the best bits from previous shows. There’s interviews and excerpts galore for you to get stuck into. Or you can either listen to it on the Spies & Shadows website, Sound Cloud, or on iTunes.
Here’s hoping you get your quick fix of UK intelligence news and comment courtesy of the Sunday Spy Show. And if that further whets your appetite to book your own private London spy tour with the ‘Trail, so much the better!