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Spies on Television & Radio

In the archives below, the author of the highly acclaimed Spy Television (Praeger Publishers, 2004) offers the most in-depth and varied resources on TV spies available anywhere.

Here are interviews with creators and actors of the past and talks with producers who have plans for the future.

Here are interviews with authors of TV spy books, comics, and collector’s guides. And here are directories and bibliographies of what was broadcast, what was written about classic series, and the paperback adventures based on every spy show from The Man from U.N.C.L.E. to 24.


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Special to SpyWise ~

►   At Long Last – David McDaniel’s Legendary The Final Affair




Creating Spy TV – Interviews ~

►   From F Troop to Get Smart– The Many Voices of Larry Storch

►   He Kept 86 in Control – An Interview with Get Smart Writer Whitey Mitchell

►   A New Interview with Mission: Impossible’s Peter Lupus, by Eddie Lucas

►   Behind the Scenes of “Discards” – How Diagnosis: Murder Brought Back U.N.C.L.E., The Avengers, I Spy, and Mission: Impossible

►   Robert Conrad on the Past, Present, and Future

►   Robert Vaughn, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is Alive and Kicking

►   A Spy Girl Recalls the ‘60s – An Interview with Actress Sue Ane Langdon, by Tom Lisanti




Talking With Writers and Experts ~

►   The Saint on TV – Q&A with Author Ian Dickerson – PDF file

►   Honey West is prowling Again – Q&A with Author John Frederickson – PDF file

►   Having a Burn Notice Jones This Week? Tod Goldberg Has the Fix For You

►   Wes Britton’s Oct. 1, 2008, radio interview with Tod Goldberg – Archived in the “Past Programs” section of Dave White Presents

►   The New Bionic Woman – What Went Wrong and Why She Failed to Connect with the Audience, by Herbie J Pilato

►   Uncovering I Spy – An Interview with Marc Cushman, Author of the First Full-length History of a Classic Series

►   The I Spy Movie That Never Was, by Marc Cushman and Linda J. LaRosa

►   A Man from U.N.C.L.E., I Spy, and The Wild Wild West – Meet Mark Ellis

►   How The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Returned – As a Comic Book, by Paul Howley

►   Behind the Toys from U.N.C.L.E. – The Inside story of a Collector’s Guide, by Paul Howley




TV Spy Resources ~

►   From Middletown – via Colony Three – to “The Village”: Five Fingers as Source for The Prisoner? – Posted at Spy Wise Blog

►   Before TV – Spies on Radio – Posted at Spy Wise Blog

►   The TV Spies Bookshelf – An Annotated Directory of Non-Fiction Sources – Posted at Spy Wise Blog

►   Collecting TV Spy Music – Posted at Spy Wise Blog

►   Zorro the Spy – A Photo Essay, by Rochelle Dubrow




Reviews ~

►   The Saint on TV, by Ian Dickerson – PDF file

►   A Decade in Review – The Top 10 Spy Television Shows of 2000-2009, by Wesley Britton with Craig Arthur and David E. Foster – PDF file

►   A Decade in Review – What We Brits Saw and What We Didn’t (2000-2009), by Ian Dickerson – PDF file

►   DVD Review – In a Word – Intelligence – Posted at Spy Wise Blog

►   Michael Westen at Sea – A Review of Burn Notice: The End Game – Posted at Spy Wise Blog

►   Robert Vaughn and The Protectors on DVD (A&E, 2004) – Posted at Spy Wise Blog

►   The New Avengers on DVD, Vol. 1 (A&E, 2003) – Posted at Spy Wise Blog

►   The Avengers on Radio (2004) – Posted at Spy Wise Blog

►   Sleepers, Moles, and The Piglet Files – British Spy Comedies on U.S. DVD (2004) – Posted at Spy Wise Blog

►   “Blood Under the Bridge” – A Review of The Company (Sony Home Video, 2007) – Posted at Spy Wise Blog




Wes Britton In Other Books ~

►   Five Fingers – Elegance in Espionage a History of the 1959-1960 Television Series, by Diane Kachman – In September, 2015, Wesley Britton contributed one chapter to this discussion of the 1950s espionage series




Wes Britton at Other Websites ~

►   Celebrating I Spy’s 50th Anniversary – Posted at the I Spy Forum

►   Review – William B. Davis, Where There’s Smoke . . . – Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man, a Memoir. (Inside The X-Files) – Posted at Book Pleasures

►   The U.N.C.L.E. Movie That Never Was – Posted at The Fans from U.N.C.L.E.

►   Novelizing TV Spies – Paperback Adventures Never Broadcast – Posted at The International Association of Media Tie-In Writers

►   Review – The Persuaders on DVD, Vol. 1 (A&E, 2003) – Posted at Leslie Charteris, under “Features”

►   An Actor for All Seasons – Roger Langley Investigates Patrick McGoohan – Posted at Leslie Charteris, under “Features”