Spy – The reality show

Everyone has their guilty pleasures and one of mine is reality TV. When spies and reality TV mix, how can I resist?

SPY was a BBC show that aired back in 2004 and spun out of the success of the show MI-5. 8 regular folks were given spy-like training and sent on psuedo-spy missions. 3 real ex-spies were their trainers and taught them how to act as an agent in the field while also critiquing their performance. I found their points about tradecraft to be interesting and, although I’m sure real intelligence operatives would roll their eyes, for the outsider it’s informative. I know I would have jumped at the chance to learn some of those skills and try and put them into action.

Here’s the opening –

Although it only lasted a season it was fun and made you think about how well you would do in a similar situation. All the episodes are now on YouTube and if you’re up for a little reality tv drama and a bit of cheesiness, it’s worth the time of a spy fan.

They’ve recently rebooted this show with a new trainers and a slicker look. It aired back in January but being in the US, I haven’t been able to see it. I’ll admit to being curious as to how they compare.

You can find the first episode of the 2004 version below –

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2 thoughts on “Spy – The reality show

  1. David

    Was this the one that was in the U.S.? Same concept. Challenges based around real spycraft and eliminations for who ever didn’t meet objective. The season prize was a couple of steps for a job skipped into the FBI’s field agency.

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