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Treason: Codes, Spies & Conspiracies   

Series 1: 6x60 | HD | 2015
Production Company
Like A Shot Entertainment
Primary Broadcaster

Treason has always been one of the most severly punishable crime. Every country, state, crown or government has its enemies, even when they’re not at war. These battles are fought in the murky shadows and grey underworld, in obscure buildings and hidden rooms, where the prize is not territory or land…..but information.

Scenes like these have been played out for centuries by infamous figures who wielded the power behind the throne. Long before any forms of mass communication, there existed sophisticated spy networks, many of which formed the basis for the rules of modern day espionage. It was these ultimate spies who pulled the invisible strings, chose the operatives and established the methods used by the first secret services of the world. It is these men and women and their methods that are the subject of this series. 

Episode 3: Robert Cecil

Robert Cecil was one of England's most feared spy chiefs. He was also a man of contradictions. On one hand he was a passionate Protestant who brutally opposed and stamped down on the Catholic faith in England, on the other he conspired to put the son of Mary Queen of Scots on the Throne. But perhaps his greatest achievement was foiling the largest terrorist plot ever conceived, the infamous 'Gunpowder Plot'.

Episode 2: Francis Walsingham

Queen Elizabeth I reigned in turbulent times, and her right hand man and chief minister, Francis Walsingham, had one mission, to keep her alive. Facing plots to replace or kill the protestant Queen, Walsingham built up a large network of spies and informants across England and Europe to provide him vital intelligence. His use of ciphers, coded documents and invisible ink was legendary. He was, as some described him, a master of deception and one of the greatest spymasters of all time.