Thanks to all those that expressed interest in the last episode of ‘After Dark’ that The Needle published, in fact it is because my friend James described the last episode we published as a “must watch” on Twitter that I’m publishing this episode.
They are long by the nature of the format but they are also uncensored and this episode like the last includes footage which was not screened when broadcast live. (We get to hear what they were talking about when the adverts were on.) Again, I must stress that I can not guarantee how long this will be available, so enjoy while you can.
A discussion of the unaccountability of the secret services, with former MI5 and MI6 officers. Live and open ended discussion.
The Financial Times described this episode thus;
“Channel 4’s After Dark triumphantly broke all the rules from the beginning…. The first of the new series on Saturday proved that the formula is still working extremely well. The subject was official secrecy, and during the course of the night remarks included: ‘I was in Egypt at the time, plotting the assassination of Nasser’ and ‘Wilson and Heath were destroyed in part by the action of intelligence agents’ and (spoken with incredulity) ‘You mean we shouldn’t have got rid of Allende?’ The hostility between just two of the participants, which often brings most life to the programme, occurred this time between Tony Benn and ex-CIA man Miles Copeland, and it was the fundamental difference in political outlook between these two which informed the entire discussion. Anyone who regarded Benn as a dangerous ‘loony leftie’ but watched right through until 2.00 may have been astonished at his thoroughly conservative British attitudes.”