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British Ambassadors' reports read

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The practice of retiring British ambassadors sending back reports to the Foreign Office about the country they have been resident in has died out in recent years.

It is, in part, because of concerns that their sometimes controversial opinions may get leaked to the media or be subject to Freedom of Information requests.

Here, actors read a selection of dispatches from the past.

This material was not included in the Parting Shots programme.

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