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DOUBLE AGENT: The Eddie Chapman Story (2011)

Eddie Chapman - Ben McKintyre Repeated: Saturday, 19th November | 8pm | BBC2

Following on from his hugely successful BBC 2 documentary, Operation Mincemeat, based on his book of the same name, writer and presenter Ben Macintyre returns to the small screen to bring to life his other best selling book - Agent Zigzag. As part of the Timewatch series, Macintyre will reveal the gripping true story of Britain's most extraordinary wartime double agent, Eddie Chapman.

A notorious safe-breaker before the war, Chapman duped the Germans so successfully that he was awarded their highest decoration, the Iron Cross. He remains the only British citizen ever to win one. Including remarkable and newly-discovered footage from an interview Chapman gave three years before his death in 1997, Macintyre goes on the trail of one of Britain's most unlikely heroes in this true-life ripping yarn - a story of adventure, love, intrigue and astonishing courage.

Reviews

A dream story told with great flair The Times
Very entertaining... a terrific tale The Independent
A thrilling war documentary Metro
A rip-roaring tale, expertly and enthusiastically told The Guardian
Fascinating The Telegraph
Riveting The Times
Brilliant The Sun
Terrific Ian Rankin, on BBC's Front Row

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Clips

Clip | DOUBLE AGENT: The Eddie Chapman Story
Clip | DOUBLE AGENT: The Eddie Chapman Story


Credits

Director: Stephen Walker
Producer: Sally George

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