21 episodes

The spy who changed history and a great-aunt's double life. In season one we met the scientist who might have stopped the atomic bomb. In season two we meet the man who stole it.

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    • History
    • 4.5 • 97 Ratings

The spy who changed history and a great-aunt's double life. In season one we met the scientist who might have stopped the atomic bomb. In season two we meet the man who stole it.

    S2.10 Fallout

    S2.10 Fallout

    Jail awaits - Klaus Fuchs is going down. But will he take Ursula with him? British intelligence wants names. As Fuchs is forced to face his past, Ursula tries to run from hers. Presenter Rosa Ellis questions how their actions have shaped today's nuclear tensions. #thebomb

    • 33 min
    S2.9 Dead cat, live cat

    S2.9 Dead cat, live cat

    A double life implodes. Fuchs faces judge and jury, but will he confess? A future as an eminent physicist is slipping away. And the friends who took him in as a young scientist are blindsided - they want answers. But first he must face the court. #thebomb

    • 30 min
    S2.8 The uncertainty principle

    S2.8 The uncertainty principle

    The spy catchers close in. Klaus Fuchs is caught in the crosshairs. Spymaster Ursula has outwitted the interrogators - but can he? As he settles down in England, British intelligence services are following him at every turn. He is caught in a web of surveillance - and his faith in the Soviets is faltering. How long can he run for? #thebomb

    • 30 min
    S2.7 Critical mass

    S2.7 Critical mass

    The interrogation of a spymaster. Ursula is questioned as Klaus Fuchs returns to England. Secrets threaten to be spilled and loyalties are tested. The war has ended, and the physicist could have a promising future. But will his past catch up with him? Could British intelligence services be on to him? #thebomb

    • 29 min
    S2.6 Camp Y

    S2.6 Camp Y

    Lives on the line. The Fuchs family is drawn into the espionage as the atomic bomb project takes a deadly turn. Klaus is at the covert Manhattan Project laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico. In this desert terrain, he has lost contact with the Soviets. As the countdown to detonation begins, there's only one person who can be trusted. #thebomb

    • 38 min
    S2.5 An irreversible reaction

    S2.5 An irreversible reaction

    A double life gets more dangerous. Fuchs joins America's bomb project and the race with Russia is on. But as the nuclear mission ramps up, security tightens too. Now at the heart of the mission, his skills in science and espionage are tested to the limit. #thebomb

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
97 Ratings

97 Ratings

Thorfia ,

Excellent History/ Science/ Thriller

Key moment in world history unfolds like a thriller

John Dublin ,

Informative and educational

Thanks for such an opportunity to stand at the window and get a peep at the lives of those people integral to the development and how espionage can shape the new world order by design of happenstance

dfjduffy ,

The Bomb

A fascinating journey from the initial idea of splitting the atom and following the events that ultimately lead to the global race for nuclear arms. If this was a novel it would be described as ‘unputdownable’. All events are described from a very human perspective being told by the direct descendants of some of those involved. Very well done to all involved!

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