10 episodes

These are stories you were never meant to hear. The invisible but vital work of the world’s intelligence services: secret operatives playing to very different rules. The Spy Who, hosted by Indira Varma and Raza Jaffrey, takes you deep inside that shadow world to meet spies who risked everything in the national interest – or, sometimes, their own.

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These are stories you were never meant to hear. The invisible but vital work of the world’s intelligence services: secret operatives playing to very different rules. The Spy Who, hosted by Indira Varma and Raza Jaffrey, takes you deep inside that shadow world to meet spies who risked everything in the national interest – or, sometimes, their own.

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    The Spy Who Saved MI5 | The Spider and the Fly

    The Spy Who Saved MI5 | The Spider and the Fly

    MI5 is on its knees at the dawn of the 1970s: Soviet spies are running free around the country and the government won’t boot them out for fear of upsetting Moscow. But the danger from inaction is growing because a spy from the KGB’s most-secret department has just been posted to London. His name is Oleg Lyalin and he’s on a mission to take down Britain’s nuclear defences.

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    • 36 min
    The Spy Who Saved MI5 | The Pressure Cooker

    The Spy Who Saved MI5 | The Pressure Cooker

    Oleg Lyalin is now compromised. To survive, he must now find a way to maintain the fictions of his multiple lives. But when his messy love life spirals out of control, Moscow sends in a KGB investigator to uncover what’s really going on in London.

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    • 36 min
    The Spy Who Saved MI5 | No Return

    The Spy Who Saved MI5 | No Return

    There’s panic at MI5 headquarters. Oleg Lyalin, their man inside the KGB, has just been arrested for drunk driving putting Operation Foot in jeopardy. But as MI5 races to reach him before the KGB can, Lyalin is working out a daring new plan that will force the British security service to place its trust in him.

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    • 33 min
    The Spy Who Saved MI5 | The Dominoes Fall

    The Spy Who Saved MI5 | The Dominoes Fall

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    Operation Foot is now happening. And British government knows that its attempt to neutralise the KGB in London will be met with hostility from Moscow. But it’s not just the UK that must prepare for the retaliation, for Oleg Lyalin is also about to discover what it will cost to escape the KGB’s wrath.

    The Spy Who Inspired 007 | A Friend Among Foes

    The Spy Who Inspired 007 | A Friend Among Foes

    It’s 1940 and Serbian playboy Duško Popov hopes to sit out World War Two in Belgrade. But when his best friend, Johnny Jebsen shows up at his door to call in an old debt, Popov finds himself sucked into the wartime spy game – as an agent for both Nazi Germany and Britain’s MI6.

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    • 35 min
    The Spy Who Inspired 007 | Warning Signs

    The Spy Who Inspired 007 | Warning Signs

    MI6 double agent Duško Popov is heading to America, armed with evidence of Japan’s keen interest in the US Pearl Harbor naval base. But he's about to discover that the biggest threat to his mission are the very people he’s here to help: the FBI.

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    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
100 Ratings

100 Ratings

JD⚾️ ,

Enjoy podcast

Love the content, just pls don’t make it explicit whenever it is avoidable.

Corgichick ,

Great show!

This show keeps me interested and I can’t wait til the next ones air!

Hubs24 ,

Incredible!

I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to this podcast. Having it dramatised just makes it even more interesting, I waited eagerly for each episode. The history we do not know about the men and women that fought for us is fascinating. It makes me so grateful there were people like this. Thank you for making this.

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