Secret History Of Gchq, The [The Documentary] [World Service]

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01How Scarborough saved the world20191204

The work of GCHQ started just after the end of World War One as telegraph became a vital means of military communications. We hear from people who worked at the listening station in the Yorkshire seaside resort of Scarborough during World War Two and the Cold War. BBC security correspondent Gordon Corera reveals how Government Communications Headquarters – GCHQ - has been listening in for 100 years. And Gordon reveals the vital role played by the Scarborough station during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

(Photo: A general view of GCHQ Scarborough during a visit by Prince Charles in 2014. Credit: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

GCHQ's Scarborough station and its role in WW2, the Cold War and the Cuban Missile Crisis

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

01How Scarborough saved the world2019120420191205 (WS)

The work of GCHQ started just after the end of World War One as telegraph became a vital means of military communications. We hear from people who worked at the listening station in the Yorkshire seaside resort of Scarborough during World War Two and the Cold War. BBC security correspondent Gordon Corera reveals how Government Communications Headquarters – GCHQ - has been listening in for 100 years. And Gordon reveals the vital role played by the Scarborough station during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

(Photo: A general view of GCHQ Scarborough during a visit by Prince Charles in 2014. Credit: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

GCHQ's Scarborough station and its role in WW2, the Cold War and the Cuban Missile Crisis

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

02From Bude to Berlin20191211

Gordon Corera becomes the first journalist allowed to record inside GCHQ's listening station at Bude on Britain’s south-west coast. The station has spied on global communications satellites for decades, sucking in signals from space. He takes us from the Cold War, when GCHQ was quietly eavesdropping on the front lines in Berlin, to the current digital era. And Gordon finds out how, following the revelations of Edward Snowden, the agency has been forced out into the open.

(Photo: GCHQ satellite listening station at Bude in Cornwall. Credit: Getty Images)

GCHQ's listening station at Bude, its hidden past and how it was forced out into the open

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

02From Bude to Berlin2019121120191212 (WS)

Gordon Corera becomes the first journalist allowed to record inside GCHQ's listening station at Bude on Britain’s south-west coast. The station has spied on global communications satellites for decades, sucking in signals from space. He takes us from the Cold War, when GCHQ was quietly eavesdropping on the front lines in Berlin, to the current digital era. And Gordon finds out how, following the revelations of Edward Snowden, the agency has been forced out into the open.

(Photo: GCHQ satellite listening station at Bude in Cornwall. Credit: Getty Images)

GCHQ's listening station at Bude, its hidden past and how it was forced out into the open

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.