Angela Barnes' Cold War Secrets

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01Le Carre On Spying2020090920200910 (BBC7)ANGELA BARNES explores one of modern history's most fascinating, frightening and relevant periods.

In the first of three programmes – she brings a unique and surprising insight into the Cold War.

Using a perfect blend of both factual and comic archive and studio interviews, Angela reveals what we didn't know then but we do know now - from bunkers and other civil defence plans, to the Royal Observer Corps, numbers stations and the secret police services behind the Iron Curtain.

Featuring:

* The Penny Dreadfuls Present: Le Carre on Spying [BBC Radio 4 08/04/2017]

* A very special comedy offering from sketch group. Prepare to enter 1960s Germany and a hotbed of intrigue and espionage, starring MILES JUPP and MARK HEAP.

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra by for BBC Studios and first broadcast in January 2019

02Bunkers And Jigsaws2020091620200917 (BBC7)Comedian Angela Barnes is an ardent nuclear bunker enthusiast with a passion for all things Cold War. Angela's Edinburgh show - Fortitude - featured nuclear bunkers heavily and whilst at The Festival, Angela performed her show in a decommissioned Cold War bunker in Fife.

Featuring a perfect blend of archive and studio interviews, Angela Barnes' Cold War Secrets explores this fascinating, frightening and relevant period in modern history. Over three episodes, she uses both factual and comic archive to reveal what we didn't know then but we do know now, the show brings a unique and surprising insight into the Cold War - from bunkers and other civil defence plans, to the Royal Observer Corps, numbers stations and the secret police services behind the Iron Curtain.

Angela speaks to ‘Stasiland' author Anna Funder, ‘German Comedy Ambassador', Henning When and Edinburgh Comedy Award-winner John Robins.

Programmes featured:

'Beyond the Fringe'

‘Broadcasts from the Bunker

‘The Stasi Jigsaw Puzzle

Producer: Adnan Ahmed for BBC Studios

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra and first broadcast in January 2019 as part of a three-hour showcase.

03The Bed Sitting Room2020092320200924 (BBC7)Comedian Angela Barnes shares her passion for the Cold War with a selection of interviews, clips and programmes.

Comedian Angela Barnes is an ardent nuclear bunker enthusiast with a passion for all things Cold War. Angela's Edinburgh show - Fortitude - featured nuclear bunkers heavily and whilst at The Festival, Angela performed her show in a decommissioned Cold War bunker in Fife.

In this final instalment, Angela chooses the remake of a bleak post-apocalyptic classic.

‘The Bed Sitting Room' [R4, 2015]

Producer: Adnan Ahmed for BBC Studios

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra and first broadcast in January 2019 as part of a three-hour showcase.

Comedian Angela Barnes features a reboot of a post-apocalyptic classic