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  • Thomas Cromwell

    Learn about the wily characters from history who pulled strings. Thomas Cromwell's cloak-and-dagger work helped steer Henry VIII through his troubles.

  • Thomas Cromwell

    Learn about the wily characters from history who pulled strings. Thomas Cromwell's cloak-and-dagger work helped steer Henry VIII through his troubles.

  • Sir Francis Walsingham

    History's scheming spymasters in profile. Hear all about the remarkable cunning of Francis Walsingham, whose spy network foiled many plots against Queen Elizabeth I.

  • Sir Francis Walsingham

    History's scheming spymasters in profile. Hear all about the remarkable cunning of Francis Walsingham, whose spy network foiled many plots against Queen Elizabeth I.

  • Robert Cecil

    Robert Cecil was a formidable political operator, whose web of informers helped to foil the infamous Gunpowder Plot of 1605. More about this pioneering agent of espionage.

  • Robert Cecil

    Robert Cecil was a formidable political operator, whose web of informers helped to foil the infamous Gunpowder Plot of 1605. More about this pioneering agent of espionage.

  • Cardinal Richelieu

    As Louis XIII's diabolical chief minister, Cardinal Richelieu was feared and hated thanks to his complex spy network. A profile of the snooper who blazed a trail.

  • Cardinal Richelieu

    As Louis XIII's diabolical chief minister, Cardinal Richelieu was feared and hated thanks to his complex spy network. A profile of the snooper who blazed a trail.

  • Zofia Potocka and Mata Hari

    The amazing true tale of Zofia Potocka, the beautiful lover of Grigory Potemkin who may have ran a successful spy network in the Russo-Turkish War.

  • Zofia Potocka and Mata Hari

    The amazing true tale of Zofia Potocka, the beautiful lover of Grigory Potemkin who may have ran a successful spy network in the Russo-Turkish War.

  • Elizabeth van Leew

    The American Civil War was notable for its female spymasters. Hear about the tricks employed by Elizabeth van Leew's network, who smuggled out messages in hollow eggs.

Episode guide

History's Ultimate Spies

Series 1

History's Ultimate Spies

  • Thomas Cromwell

    Learn about the wily characters from history who pulled strings. Thomas Cromwell's cloak-and-dagger work helped steer Henry VIII through his troubles.

  • Sir Francis Walsingham

    History's scheming spymasters in profile. Hear all about the remarkable cunning of Francis Walsingham, whose spy network foiled many plots against Queen Elizabeth I.

  • Robert Cecil

    Robert Cecil was a formidable political operator, whose web of informers helped to foil the infamous Gunpowder Plot of 1605. More about this pioneering agent of espionage.

  • Cardinal Richelieu

    As Louis XIII's diabolical chief minister, Cardinal Richelieu was feared and hated thanks to his complex spy network. A profile of the snooper who blazed a trail.

  • Zofia Potocka and Mata Hari

    The amazing true tale of Zofia Potocka, the beautiful lover of Grigory Potemkin who may have ran a successful spy network in the Russo-Turkish War.

  • Elizabeth van Leew

    The American Civil War was notable for its female spymasters. Hear about the tricks employed by Elizabeth van Leew's network, who smuggled out messages in hollow eggs.