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Espionage

Season 1 Episode 4

The Gentle Spies

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Oct 23, 1963 on NBC
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The Gentle Spies
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Government figures wonder if a ban-the-bomb organization is as peaceful as it claims to be.

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  • A British spy is sent undercover to investigate a ban-the-bomb organization which has acquired - and made public - top-secret information. It turns out to emanate from a surprising source...

    8.5
    Very timely at the time of its first broadcast in 1963, this is a moving and clever moral parable taking a very sensible attitude to its subject. At that time, right-wing British newspapers (the majority) took the simplistic view that all anti-nuclear campaigners were either hopelessly uninformed and sentimental fools or else devious Communists trying to undermine national security. How refreshing that this episode should present its protestors as, simply, brave and concerned, without ideology but with idealism. It is the professionals of the Cold War - on both sides - who are the real troublemakers, the ones whose cynicism may kill us all. The resolution of the mystery is deeply satisfying (even if real life has usually been rather nastier).moreless

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    • The song which Angela Douglas sings, "So What?" (music by Stanley Myers, lyrics by Johnny Whyte), was often performed in the early 60s at fundraising events for the anti-nuclear cause, and was also performed elsewhere on television.

    • First televised in Britain, where it was made, on Saturday, October 26th, 1963.

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    • The un-named organization opposing the nuclear arms race is clearly meant to represent the real-life Committee For Nuclear Disarmament (CND), which still exists today. Its sit-ins and marches were familiar news items in Britain during the 1950s and 1960s, when some high-profile personalities were amongst its members, including writers and senior churchmen. Perhaps its most famous and outspoken member was the philosopher Bertrand Russell (Lord Russell), who might be the model for the character of "Lord Kemble" in this episode.

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