E29 - Ghosts of Bletchley Park

Dec 11, 2014, 06:39 PM, United Kingdom

December 2014

This month we again have more exclusive content for you from The Imitation Game.

Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays Alan Turing in the film, tells us about how nerve wracking, special and even ghostly it was filming scenes at Bletchley Park.

We also take you to the opening of The Imitation Game, The Exhibition, which was held at the Home of The Codebreakers with a special screening of the film. BBC 3 Counties Jane Killick and our own roving podcast reporter Astrid Specht speak to some of the guests at the black-tie event, including David Broder, location manager on The Imitation Game and a long time champion of Bletchley Park.

The Turing Test is an underlying theme of the film and it’s still confounding computer scientists to this day. For more than two decades Dr Hugh Loebner has turned that into a competition which for the second time was hosted at Bletchley Park. We find out why it is still important today from the organisers and one of the judges, BBC TV’s James May.

Finally this month we hear from Veteran Kathleen Wing, an Intercept Operator from 1944 to 45, who caught up with researcher, author and roving podcast reporter Kerry Howard, at the 2014 Veterans’ Reunion.

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