In a spectacularly wide ranging discussion TOM BRADBY talks to Paul Burke about his new novel TRIPLE CROSS, his character Kate Henderson, what makes a great modern spy novel and the relationship between Western democracies and Russia & China that underpin his writing. He also tells us about his friend and mentor Gerald Seymour, screenwriting, chronic insomnia and mental well-being.
TOM BRADBY is a novelist, screenwriter and journalist. As a broadcaster, he is best known as the current Anchor of ITV’s News at Ten. Tom has been with ITN for almost thirty years and was successively Ireland Correspondent, Political Correspondent, Asia Correspondent (during which time he was shot and seriously injured whilst covering a riot in Jakarta), Royal Correspondent, UK Editor and Political Editor before being made the Anchor of News at Ten in 2015.
Three of his novels have been shortlisted for CWA Dagger Awards. He adapted his first novel, Shadow Dancer, into a memorable film directed by Oscar winner James Marsh and starring Clive Owen, Gillian Anderson and Andrea Riseborough. His script for the film was nominated for Screenplay of the Year in the Evening Standard Film Awards. His new novel Triple Cross is the final part of a spy trilogy.
TRIPLE CROSS Attempting to rebuild her shattered life in the South of France, former MI6 operative Kate Henderson receives an unexpected and most unwelcome visit from an old adversary: the UK Prime Minister. He has an extraordinary story to tell - and he needs her help.
A Russian agent has come forward with news that the PM has been the victim of the greatest misinformation play in the history of MI6. It's run out of a special KGB unit that exists for one purpose alone: to process the intelligence from 'Agent Dante', a mole right at the heart of MI6 in London.
Against her better judgement, Kate is forced back into the fray in a top-secret, deeply flawed and dangerous investigation. But now she's damaged goods. Her one-time allies no longer trust her. And neither do her enemies.
With the stakes this high, can the truth ever come out? Or is the cost of uncovering it a price that no one, least of all Kate, can afford to pay?
Produced by Jem & Son and Paul Burke
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