SCRUFFY SQUAD is a new four-part TV drama series based on the true story of the police spies who infiltrated British activist groups over the last 50 years . . . and the women who unwittingly had relationships and even children with the spies.
SCRUFFY SQUAD faithfully tells the jaw-dropping story of the dirty war fought between the Metropolitan Police and two generations of political activists in Britain over the last half century. The story starts in 1968, when the Met formed the “Special Demonstration Squad” - nicknamed “The Hairies” by their colleagues - after a Vietnam War protest turned violent in Grosvenor Square. It continues as police spies infiltrate every kind of political group, from neo-Nazis and the ALF, to climate campaigners, anti-capitalists, anti-racists, old ladies in peace groups and multicoloured ravers. Along the way, the spies form long-term relationships, set up homes and even have children under their false identities, in what has been termed “state-sponsored sexual abuse”. When the spies inevitably disappear, they leave emotional carnage - and women obsessed with finding out the truth.