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Barbican Station – The Catch and The Last Dead Letter – Episode 10

In this episode we conclude our two parter with a look a the Slough House novella, The Catch, and the short story, The Last Dead Letter, with returning guest Matthew Bradford. We discuss whether whether Di Taverner is like Mission: Impossible's Jim Phelps, get into determinism vs. free will and what effect the TV show …

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Broken Covers – They Live!

Publishers are always looking to refresh the backlist of authors and sell more copies. In the 70’s the beautiful painted book covers went out of fashion and photo covers came into vogue. The UK publisher Fontana had paperback rights to many of the well known thriller writers of the time like Desmond Bagley, Alastair Maclean, Hammond Innes, Helen MacInnes and Eric …

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Barbican Station – The List and The Drop – Episode 9

In this episode we take a look at two of the Slough House novellas, The List and The Drop, with guest Matthew Bradford. We discuss whether there's a sadder sack than John Bachelor, what the worst thing Herron has done to one of his characters and Matthew shares a piece of Hollywood advice he got …

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Quiller – The TV show

I’ve spread the word elsewhere but passing on the word to all you Quiller fans. Although it's been rumored to have been lost forever, a Michael Jayston fan has uploaded all thirteen episodes of the Quiller TV series to YouTube! The show has been slightly shrouded in mystery as it has been seen since it …

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Spy Games – Homeland

Every so often I’ll be highlighting some of the spy games I’ve picked up from various second hand stores over the years. I haven’t played most of these yet, as finding willing spy game participants can be tricky, but I’m hoping to road test some of these as the kids get older. HOMELAND was the …

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AppleTV’s TEHRAN – A TV Review

AppleTV+'s original offerings have been a bit slim as of yet, no doubt complicated by the coronavirus which has slowed all movie and television production to a crawl. They have had a couple high profile successes, THE MORNING SHOW and MYTHIC QUEST: RAVEN'S BANQUET, but of most interest to spy fans will be the show …

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Barbican Station – Slough House Burning Questions – Episode 8

In this episode we change things up with a look at some burning questions ahead of the release of the seventh book in the series, Slough House, with guests Shane Whaley and Matthew Bradford. We discuss who's in our Dead Pool, who might rise from the dead and what the political situation of the Slough …

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Barbican Station – Joe Country – Episode 7

In this episode I take a closer look at the sixth book in the Slough House series, Joe Country, with guest Shane Whaley of the Spybrary podcast. We discuss working conditions for mercenaries, Jackson Lamb's toenails, and most importantly, Wales! We also talk about Peter Johnson, or is that Boris Judd? Plus Shane gives us …

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Best of 2020

With all the disruption of this past year, things have been a bit quieter on the site than normal. I’ve been focusing on podcasts over some of my longer written pieces which has taken a healthy chunk of time. That said, the year did have some highlights and in what is becoming a yearly tradition …

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Barbican Station – London Rules – Episode 6

In this episode I take a closer look at the fifth book in the Slough House series, London Rules, with guest Ayo Onatade. We talk about British politicians, whether Slough House should switch to an open office plan, hackers with girlfriends, and the high death toll in Slough House. Plus a special treat, Ayo's recommendation …

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