The Spy Who Brought Down Mary Queen of Scots (1 x 60′) – This one off programme examines how England’s greatest spy, Sir Francis Walshingham, pioneered covert espionage techniques to foil a terror plot to murder Elizabeth I, leading to the execution of Mary Queen of Scots. Summer 1586 is England’s darkest hour. Elizabeth is living in fear of her life. A terrorist cell of Catholic extremists is planning to kill her and install the Queen of Scots on her throne. Behind the terrorists lies the might of Spain, whose forces are ready to invade if the plot succeeds. One man stands in their way; Sir Francis Walsingham, Elizabeth’s spymaster and security chief. In a gripping day-by-day account of the action, using dramatized scenes and interviews with top historians, we’ll unfold the remarkable events across eight weeks in 1586, when the danger was at its height.
Channel: Channel 5
Producer: Quickfire Media
TX: Spring 2014
Source: Channel 5 press release