MOST SECRET: 0017 is uniquely told through S.O.E. Secret Agent "0017" along with the World War II secret agent veterans working for Winston Churchill that much of the world knows little about. Director/Producer Gwen Wynne has collected the interviews and stories of these veteran secret agents, their peers and relatives that still remain part of Great Britain's Hundred Years' Secret Act.
MOST SECRET: 0017 is a nine part documentary series for television that tells the true and unknown, hidden story of Winston Churchill’s “secret army” of Intelligence Agents Special Operations, Executive and their espionage operations throughout Europe. These specially trained women and men become crucial in toppling Hitler’s seemingly indestructible War Machine. If you want to know where the modern day spy was born both in popular culture and in the deadly real world of government secrets and espionage all roads lead to the S.O.E.
Arctic Exploration & Espionage
At 27, the future Agent 0017 took part in a pioneering three-man scientific expedition to Greenland, setting the Guinness World record for the longest self-supported dog-sled journey that still stands today. Having escorted a maharaja-to-be from Cambridge to India, and joined the Oxford Arctic Expedition in 1935-6, the young explorer, soon to be known as "Lofty Crofty" and "Double O Seventeen" became a clandestine military secret agent, working undercover in Norway and became notorious among his colleagues including fellow S.O.E. agent Peter Fleming.
Many of the explorer-turned-spy's exploits lead some to claim that Agent 0017 was the real-life inspiration for Ian Fleming’s fictional character of James Bond due to the fact that our Agent 0017 led Ian's brother, Peter Fleming, in top secret S.O.E. missions. Peter told his brother, Ian, many of the S.O.E.'s exploits which ended up in the pages of the now famous series of espionage thrillers about the trained British assassin James Bond; Bond's missions though disguised as taking place during the Cold War bear similarity to the real life hero kept secret by the British government.
Women in Espionage
“When you see a girl in khaki or air-force blue with a bit of ribbon on her tunic -- remember she didn’t get it for knitting more socks than anyone else in Ipswich.”
- Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain, 1942
Before World War II, it was against the law to have women militarily trained throughout Great Britain; women involved with espionage was unthinkable. The women of the S.O.E. have not been adequately explored in today's popular media; many stories have never been told due to the extraordinary secrecy around their missions. MOST SECRET plans to bring these women to the forefront and highlight their importance to World War II and modern day Intelligence.
MOST SECRET is an epic tale based on the true and extraordinary efforts of the virtually unknown S.O.E. Secret Agents whose unorthodox methods and controversial operations have remained locked away from the public for the last seventy five years by the Official British Secrets Act and the United States’ Espionage Act of 1917.
MOST SECRET is also an investigation into the changing place of the intrepid explorer in modern society. The Series will show how changes in the environmental and political climate have impacted the ideals that Explorer/Agent "0017" and his generation stood for. These principles have been drowned out as the ruthless drive for commerce and exploitation of the world’s natural resources has grown.
As nations fight over ownership of the ever-shrinking Arctic, its oil and its trade routes, the indigenous people and their lands are being forgotten and destroyed.
We will trace the S.O.E. legacy, fellow Secret Agents of the S.O.E. and search for the values in the modern global and environmental war zone. MOST SECRET is a documentary about adventure, espionage, war, and conservation.