TV / DOCUMENTARY
Helen Fry has appeared in numerous documentaries, as well as live TV and radio interviews.
Featured here are some of her appearances:
Home Front Heroes Series 1, Episode 5 - BBC1, 2018
Helen Lederer travelled to Trent Park in North London to learn more about the secret work of her grandfather, Ernst Lederer, in the war. She met Helen Fry who took her around the mansion house and explained that Lederer’s grandfather was deep undercover for British Intelligence. He masked as a fellow German Officer and fooled the Generals into giving away information. Little did the Generals realise that every conversation was being recorded via hidden microphones.
David Jason's Secret Service - Channel 4, 2017
Helen worked with Sir David Jason OBE and October Films as the historical consultant for the 3-part spy series that saw filming across Belgium, Holland, Austria and England. David Jason’s Secret Service, commissioned by Channel 4, saw viewing peek as younger audiences tuned in to watch one of the nation’s favourite actors chart the extraordinary stories of spying from the foundation of the British Secret Service in 1909 until daring exploits of men and women in WWII. Helen appeared in episodes 1 & 3.
70th Anniversary of D-Day: Live Coverage with the BBC, 2014
Friday 6th June 2014 marked the 70th anniversary of the biggest land invasion in history. The D-Day landings will go down in annals of history as one of the pivotal moments of WWII. The stories of the brave men and women who served in the Allied armed forces continue to fascinate us and command the deepest respect. The commemorations were extensive and emotional, with many Heads of State in attendance. On the very beaches where they landed 70 years ago, the veterans remembered their D-Day sacrifices and those of their fallen comrades. They themselves may understate their bravery, but they have unique stories to share as the last witnesses to that awesome, yet painful day. Helen took part in the BBC’s live coverage of the events in studio discussions with Huw Edwards, alongside Dr Roderick Bailey, Dan Snow and James Holland.
The Hunt for Hitler’s Missing Millions - Channel 5, 2014
The Hunt for Hitler’s Millions reveals the story of how Hitler’s Will came to be discovered and what happened to the millions secretly stashed away. After Hitler’s suicide in the bunker in 1945, WWII veteran Herman Rothman’s Counter Intelligence Unit spotted a man dressed in civilian clothes they believed was a Nazi on the run. One of Hermi’s colleagues had been a tailor in civilian life and noticed that the man’s jacket was not cut right. The shoulder pads were ripped open and there was found a 7-page document containing Hitler’s last will and testament.
Helen acted as historical consultant for the programme. The project involved filming at the National Archives, Kew for the first time. Helen was also filmed at the Bavarian State Archives in Munich, Germany. The documentary was broadcast on Channel 5 on Friday 27th June 2014.
Spying on Hitler’s Army - Channel 4, 2013
Spying on Hitler’s Army reveals perhaps the most damning evidence of the German Army’s complicity in Nazi war crimes. It explores how Britain bugged the conversations of the German Generals at Trent Park during WWII.
Length: 60 mins. Produced by: October Films. Helen Fry is interviewed for the documentary because of her recent book The M Room: Secret Listeners who Bugged the Nazis.
British intelligence requisitioned three stately homes for this epic task, and converted each into an elaborate trap. The 100,000 hours of conversation they captured provided crucial intelligence that changed the course of the war, and revealed some of its worst horrors – from rape to mass executions to one of the earliest bulletins from the concentration camps. But when the fighting ended, the recordings were destroyed and the transcripts locked away for half a century. Only now have they been declassified, researched and cross-referenced.
Britain's Secret Homes - ITV, 2013
Helen featured in the final episode of ITV’s Britain’s Secret Homes at Latimer House which reached the No.1 position in the countdown of 50 secret houses.
Presenter Sir David Jason spoke from the heart when he said that without Latimer House it is unlikely that we could have won the war. In the programme Sir David met 96-year old “secret listener” Paul Douglas.
In the run-up to the programme another “secret listener”, WW2 veteran Fritz Lustig, featured in a 2-page article in the Radio Times when he returned to Latimer House and saw the original cells for the very first time.
The One Show - BBC1, 2013
Helen appeared live on BBC1's The One Show on Tuesday 29th January 2013 with WWII veteran secret listeners Fritz Lustig and Eric Mark, on which the veterans spoke about their fleeing from Nazi Germany and being taken up by British Intelligence.
Helen had conducted numerous interviews with them and extended her expertise on the panel discussion.