I'd certainly recommend these Ben Macintyre documentaries (which perfectly accompany his excellent books)
Ben Macintyre - IMDb
- 2014 Kim Philby: His Most Intimate Betrayal (TV Mini-Series documentary)
- 2012 Double Cross: The True Story of the D-day Spies (Documentary)
- 2011 Double Agent: The Eddie Chapman Story (TV Movie documentary)
- 2010 Operation Mincemeat
Ben MacIntyre's brand new 3-part BBC doc series, SAS: Rogue Warriors, based on his 2016 book, SAS: Rogue Heroes, the first authorised wartime history of the SAS, starts on Monday (6th Feb) at 9pm on BBC2.
- SAS: Rogue Warriors - BBC Two
- SAS: Rogue Warriors - Next on - BBC Two
- SAS: Rogue Warriors - Available now - BBC Two
- SAS: Rogue Warriors - Episode guide - BBC Two
BBC Two - SAS: Rogue Warriors, Series 1, Episode 1
The Special Air Service is the world's most famous combat unit, with the motto 'Who Dares Wins', but the story of how it came into existence has been, until now, a closely guarded secret.
For the first time, the SAS has agreed to open up its archive and allow Ben Macintyre to reveal the true story of their formation during the darkest days of World War Two.
With unprecedented access to the SAS secret files, unseen footage and exclusive interviews with its founder members, this series tells the remarkable story behind an extraordinary fighting force.
Episode one tells the story of the founding of the SAS in the heat of the north African desert in 1941. David Archibald Stirling is an aristocratic dreamer who had once held lofty ambitions to be an artist or perhaps a famous mountaineer but now, with the war in the desert reaching its most desperate stage, Stirling has a vision for a new kind of war: attacking the enemy where they least expect it - from behind their own lines. But Stirling is up against the many in British High Command who do not want to see him succeed with his radical new way of warfare. Against the odds, Stirling wins through and helps the Allies towards victory in the desert. The cost is high. In combat, Stirling loses lieutenant Jock Lewes, his right-hand man. With his brilliant training methods and invention of a new weapon, Lewes has proved vital to making Stirling's dream of a crack fighting force a reality. Stirling must soldier on alone.
From Newsnight late last year ...BBC Two - SAS: Rogue Warriors, Series 1, Episode 2
With the tragic loss of Jock Lewes, Stirling's second in command is now the newly promoted Captain Paddy Mayne - an officer as unpredictable and dangerous as the new phase of war that is about to begin. Unknown to David Stirling, the Germans are training special units to track, intercept and kill the marauding SAS. The hunters soon become the hunted. The SAS has to adapt if it is going to survive. Disaster strikes when Stirling is captured by the Germans. As the SAS prepare to fight Hitler in Europe, they are without the inspirational leadership of the man who created them.
Book promotion ...Published on 1 Dec 2016
The SAS, the Special Air Service, was created 75 years ago during World War 2 in the deserts of North Africa. The brainchild of David Stirling, the tactics they employed were quite revolutionary for the time. Major Mike Sadler was their desert navigator, able to guide them across featureless terrain so they could carry out their missions. Now aged 96, Mike is the last survivor of that original generation of the SAS. For Newsnight, he gave Ben Macintyre what he says will be his final interview.