Operation Zigzag – Author and journalist Ben Macintyre tells the gripping story of perhaps the most extraordinary spy in British history, based on his best-selling book Agent Zigzag.
On a December night in 1942, a Nazi parachutist landed in a field in East Anglia. His mission: to sabotage Britain’s war effort. His name was Eddie Chapman, a handsome, womanising, working-class crook who quickly turned himself over to MI5 and became one of their most successful double agents. As Agent Zigzag, Chapman fooled the Germans so effectively that they awarded him their highest decoration: the Iron Cross.
Weaving together diaries, letters, secret MI5 files and personal testimony, Ben Macintyre reveals the truth about Britain’s most sensational double agent.
Producer: Walker George Films
TX: Summer / Autumn 2011