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Spooks

Spooks series 6 title sequence
Also known as MI-5
Genre Spy
Created by David Wolstencroft
Starring Present Cast
Peter Firth
Rupert Penry-Jones
Hugh Simon
Miranda Raison
Anna Chancellor
Alex Lanipekun
Country of origin Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom
No. of episodes 56 (through Series 6) (List of episodes)
Production
Running time 60 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel BBC One
Original run 13 May, 2002 – present
External links
Official website
IMDb profile

Spooks is a British television drama series, produced by the independent production company Kudos for BBC One. The title derives from a popular colloquialism for spies, as the series follows the work of a group of MI5 intelligence officers at Thames House. In the United States and Canada the show is aired under the title MI-5, due to the racial connotations of the word "spook" in those countries. The programme was created by writer David Wolstencroft. The Spooks is a music band ranging from hip hop to R&B. Their music revolves around social, personal and political issues. ... Spooks! is a Three Stooges short released in 1953. ... Image File history File links Uploaded to illustrate Spooks. ... This example of a title sequence, from long-running serial drama Another World, was seen from 1966 to 1981, making it one of the longest-running continuous title sequences on television. ... The spy film genre deals with the subject of fictional espionage, either in a realistic way or as a basis for fantasy. ... David Wolstencroft is a British author and creator of the BAFTA award-winning TV spy drama Spooks. ... Peter Firth (born October 27, 1953 in Bradford, Yorkshire, England) is an Academy Award-nominated British actor, well known for a variety of starring roles in film and on television from the 1970s to the 2000s. ... Photographed on location for the 2007 TV movie Persuasion with Sally Hawkins Rupert Penry-Jones (born 22 September 1970 in London), sometimes credited as Rupert Penry Jones, is an English actor. ... This article or section may contain original research or unverified claims. ... Anna Chancellor as Questular Rontok in The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Anna Chancellor (b. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... Individual episodes have no official titles, though there are internal working titles. ... For the BBC radio station, see BBC Radio 1. ... is the 133rd day of the year (134th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The year 2002 in television involved some significant events. ... British television broadcasting has a range of different broadcasters, broadcasting multiple channels over a variety of distribution media. ... Kudos Film & Television is a British television production company, which has produced drama series for most of the major television networks in the UK. Its best-known series are the spy drama Spooks (known as MI5 in the United States) and con-artist thriller series Hustle for BBC One and... For the BBC radio station, see BBC Radio 1. ... Spy and Secret agent redirect here. ... MI-5 redirects here. ... An intelligence officer is a person employed by an organisation to collect, compile and analyse information (known as intelligence) which is of use to that organisation. ... Thames House is an office development in London on the bank of the River Thames adjacent to Lambeth Bridge. ... David Wolstencroft is a British author and creator of the BAFTA award-winning TV spy drama Spooks. ...


The programme regularly attracts popular guest actors, with performers such as Hugh Laurie, Jimi Mistry, Andy Serkis, Andrew Tiernan, Anton Lesser, Alexander Siddig and Anthony Stewart Head having appeared. James Hugh Calum Laurie, OBE (born June 11, 1959) is an English actor, comedian, writer, and musician. ... Jimi Mistry (born 1973 in Scarborough, Yorkshire, England) is a British Asian actor. ... Andy Serkis (born 20 April 1964) is an English actor and director best known for his work with Peter Jackson. ... Andrew James Tiernan (born on November 30, 1965 in Birmingham, UK) is an English actor. ... Anton Lesser (b. ... Alexander Siddig (Arabic: ألكسندر صدّيق) (born 21 November 1965) is a British actor, also known as Siddig El Fadil. ... Anthony Stewart Head (born 20 February 1954) is an English actor who has appeared in theatre, television and films. ...

Contents

Season synopses

Individual episodes have no official titles, though there are internal working titles. ...

Series 1

Matthew Macfadyen as Tom Quinn and David Oyelowo as Danny Hunter in Series One.
Matthew Macfadyen as Tom Quinn and David Oyelowo as Danny Hunter in Series One.

Starring Matthew Macfadyen, Keeley Hawes, David Oyelowo, Jenny Agutter and Peter Firth, the initial series of six one-hour episodes was screened in the spring of 2002. Image File history File links DVD screen capture, uploaded to illustrate BBC television drama. ... Image File history File links DVD screen capture, uploaded to illustrate BBC television drama. ... Matthew Macfadyen Matthew Macfadyen (born 1974) is a British theatre and film actor, best known for his role as MI5 agent Tom Quinn in the BBC television drama series Spooks. ... David Oyelowo (born on 1 April 1976) is a British actor. ... Matthew Macfadyen Matthew Macfadyen (born 1974) is a British theatre and film actor, best known for his role as MI5 agent Tom Quinn in the BBC television drama series Spooks. ... Keeley Hawes (born 1 January 1977 in London) is an English actress, best known for her role as Zoe Reynolds in the BBC One drama series Spooks (2002-2004). ... David Oyelowo (born on 1 April 1976) is a British actor. ... Jennifer Ann Agutter (born December 20, 1952) is an English actress. ... Peter Firth (born October 27, 1953 in Bradford, Yorkshire, England) is an Academy Award-nominated British actor, well known for a variety of starring roles in film and on television from the 1970s to the 2000s. ...


The series was a critical and popular success, averaging 7.5 million viewers over its six episodes[1], due to its combination of glossy high production values with fast-paced action/adventure and spy intrigue storylines.[2]


The show quickly gained an unexpected edge with the violent killing of character Helen Flynn, played by Lisa Faulkner, in the second episode which drew the most number of complaints to the Broadcasting Standards Commission in 2002.[3] During an undercover operation Helen and Tom were captured by race riot instigator Robert Osborne, played by Kevin McNally, who tortured Helen with a deep fryer in an attempt to make Tom, her superior, reveal classified information. He refused and she was killed. This provoked an angry reaction from many viewers who jammed BBC phone switchboards with complaints, despite the show airing after the 9pm watershed. Nevertheless, the death of Faulkner's character set the precedent that, in Spooks, anyone can die at any time.
Lisa Faulkner, (born January 2, 1973), is an English actress. ... The Office of Communications, usually known as Ofcom, is the UKs communications regulator. ... Kevin McNally (born 27 April 1956 in Bristol) is an English actor who has worked extensively in both film and television. ...


Series 2

With the success of the first series, a second longer series of ten episodes was commissioned and subsequently aired in 2003. This series saw the introduction of another main character, Ruth Evershed in the second episode. It again drew praise, particularly for the fifth episode and the dramatic cliffhanger ending of the series finale.[4] The series averaged 7.1 million viewers.[5] Ruth Evershed was the fictional Intelligence Analyst seconded from GCHQ to MI5, featured in the British Television Series Spooks, also known as MI5 in the United States. ... For other uses, see Cliffhanger (disambiguation). ...


Series 3

A third series, again of ten episodes, was transmitted on BBC One in the autumn of 2004, concluding on 13 December. The first episode saw the introduction of Rupert Penry-Jones as Adam Carter, drafted in from MI6 to help investigate Tom's disappearance. He later took over Tom's position as Senior Case Officer, as over the course of the series, all three of the original leading trio, MacFadyen, Hawes and Oyelowo, left the programme. Their departures were staggered over the second, sixth and tenth episodes respectively.[6] Photographed on location for the 2007 TV movie Persuasion with Sally Hawkins Rupert Penry-Jones (born 22 September 1970 in London), sometimes credited as Rupert Penry Jones, is an English actor. ... Adam Carter is the character played by Rupert Penry-Jones in the BBC television series Spooks. ... The Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), more commonly known as MI6 (originally Military Intelligence Section 6), or the Secret Service, is the United Kingdom external security agency. ...


In episode six, Zoe was taken to court for misconduct during an operation, and forced to leave MI5 and assume a new identity in Chile. She was replaced by Adam's wife Fiona (Olga Sosnovska). Fiona Carter was a case officer in the Counter-Terrorism department of MI5, featured in the British television series, Spooks, also known as MI5 in the United States. ... Olga Sosnovska (Sosnowska) (born May 21, 1972 in Warsaw) is a Polish-born UK/US-based actress. ...


Fan response to the changes of leading cast was generally negative and the season garnered varied critical reactions, audience figures also dropped to a series average of 5.8 million viewers.[7] Despite this the BBC commissioned a fourth series.


Series 4

The fourth series of Spooks began transmission on Monday 12 September 2005 on BBC One at 9pm with the first of a two-part story. The next day (13 September) the second episode was shown. The following week Spooks assumed a 9pm Thursday slot, a break from the Monday 9pm slot the previous series had traditionally occupied. Once again the series ran for 10 episodes and averaged 6.05 million viewers, a notable increase on the previous series.[8]


The opening two-parter provided the series with two new regulars in Zafar Younis (Raza Jaffrey, whose character had actually debuted in the final episode of series three) and Juliet Shaw (Anna Chancellor). However, it was also a controversial storyline, as it featured terrorists (albeit anti-humanity and technology extremists rather than Al-Qaeda) bombing central London, something that in reality had taken place two months earlier on 7 July, after the episodes had already been shot. Raza Jaffrey is an actor, most notable for playing the character of Zafar Younis in the television spy drama Spooks and also playing the lead character Akaash in the stage production Bombay Dreams. ... Anna Chancellor as Questular Rontok in The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Anna Chancellor (b. ... The 7 July 2005 London bombings (also called the 7/7 bombings) were a series of coordinated terrorist bomb blasts that hit Londons public transport system during the morning rush hour. ...


According to The Guardian newspaper the day the first episode aired, "The similarities were sufficient to cause head of drama Jane Tranter and new BBC One controller Peter Fincham to agonise over whether to drop the episodes."[9] The episodes eventually aired unedited, although before both installments of the two-parter the BBC One continuity announcer warned viewers that they featured scenes of terrorist bombing in London which some viewers might find disturbing. For other uses, see Guardian. ... Jane Tranter (born March 17, 1963 in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK) is a British television drama executive, who as of August 2004 is currently the Head of Drama at BBC Television. ... Peter Fincham (born 1957) is a British television producer and executive, who was the Controller of BBC One, the primary television channel of the British Broadcasting Corporation,[1] until his resignation on October 5, 2007, following criticism over the handling of the A Year With The Queen scandal. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ...


Episode seven saw the departure of Fiona Carter, as actress Olga Sosnovska was pregnant during filming and elected to leave the programme. In a by-now traditional shocking exit Carter attempted to kill her deranged ex-husband, who she thought had been hanged several years previously. Her ex-husband, however, abducted her and later shot her dead in Adam's presence when she tried to escape (by cutting her own wrists with broken glass to fake a suicide attempt, and thus managing to overpower her guards temporarily). Her character was replaced in the Spooks set-up by Miranda Raison as Jo Portman, a new arrival at MI5 who had been recruited by Adam in the previous episode. Olga Sosnovska (Sosnowska) (born May 21, 1972 in Warsaw) is a Polish-born UK/US-based actress. ... This article or section may contain original research or unverified claims. ...


Series 5

Spooks returned for its fifth (10 part) series on 17 September 2006 with the first part of a two-part story, which saw elements in the British Government, MI-6 and the UK press conspire in an attempt to over-throw the Parliament and the Prime Minister. These elements had agreed that for Britain to survive the threats posed by modern day terrorism, democracy had to be replaced with fascist rule by committee in the 21st Century. tactos used saw them assassinate members of MI-5, notably Colin, attempt to kill the Home Secectary and kidnap the Prime Minister's son. The second part followed the next day (18 September), marking Spooks' return to BBC One's Monday night schedule.[10]


Its storylines included a home-grown Al-Qaeda cell planning an attack on London (episode 3); the British government selling nuclear technology to Gulf states (episode 6); and the US administration selling arms to African dictators (episode 4). It is also the first series to feature a "cliffhanger" ending to an episode mid-series (episode 6), marking a slight change from the individual 1 hour episodes, season finale cliffhangers and more recently, two-part season openers shown on consecutive evenings. It did not have the traditional end-of-series cliffhanger per se, for the potential drowning of Ros Myers and Adam Carter after environmental terrorists staged an attack on London to demonstrate the danger of global warming (episode 10) ended in a final black-and-white freeze-frame showing them surfacing alive, and the following episode did not carry on where this ending left off as was usually done in Spooks. Al-Qaeda (Arabic: القاعدة, the foundation or the base) is the name given to a worldwide network of militant Islamist organizations under the leadership of Osama bin Laden. ... First aired in the UK at 10:30pm, 18th September 2006 on BBC Three. ... Due to air in the UK 10. ... The Addressing Africa Summit First aired in the UK at 10. ... Due to air in the UK 10. ... Ros Myers is a fictional Field Operative of the Counter-Terrorism department of MI5, featured in the British television spy drama, Spooks, which is broadcast under the title MI-5 in the United States. ... Adam Carter is the character played by Rupert Penry-Jones in the BBC television series Spooks. ... Due to air in the UK 9pm 14th November 2006. ...


The series featured a more stable cast, more 2-part stories allowing for more complex plots and more dramatic use of split-screen. The ratings also remained consistent with those of the previous series, averaging 6 million viewers.[11]


The lack of a definitive end-of-series cliffhanger led to the anticipation of more in-series cliffhangers in series 6.


Series 6

The sixth series was commissioned by Jane Tranter, Head of Drama Commissioning at the BBC, by the time series 5 was announced. The series returned on 16 October 2007 at 9 pm on BBC One, and concluded on 18 December.[12][13] The series averaged 5.68 million viewers (the lowest to date.)[14] The sixth series took the format of attempting to serialize all ten episodes, featuring the efforts of the MI-5 and the British Government to strike a peace deal with the Iranian Government, having been tricked into bombing a chemical weapons train in Terhan by the American intelligence. While the US prepared a pre-emptive, Iraq-style war against the country, MI-5 attempted to maintain the peace and cover-up the evidence of the UK train attack from both the public and Iran. Compilicating these matters was Adam Carter's affair with the UK Iranian Ambassador's wife. During the course of the series, the serial arc was moved into and out of individudal episodes, thus undermining the "serial" nature of this series. is the 289th day of the year (290th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... For the BBC radio station, see BBC Radio 1. ... is the 352nd day of the year (353rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


The series ended on a cliff-hanger. Jo and Adam, captured by a rogue information-for-the-highest bidder terrorist group faced torture and eventual death, the group having been held responsible for the death of Zaf who disappeared after the Terhan bombing. Jo asked Adam to kill her, the final shot was of Special Forces entering the room with his hand around her throat.


A new website, Spooks Interactive, was published to coincide with the launch.[15]


Plot

In a recent podcast, Guardian journalist Gareth McLean stated that series 6 of Spooks was to differ in format from those previous, prompting internet rumours that the show may move away from its one story per episode structure. The opening two-parter and trailer for episode 3 confirmed this, introducing running threads for the rest of the series (such as Zaf's abduction, and the Anglo-Iranian peace process), but also retaining the "threat of the week" structure from previous series in parallel to this.


Before broadcast of the first episode, the BBC Press Office Website stated that the series will involve "more explosive and original storylines than ever before, adding:

"Growing mistrust between the British, American and Iranian governments culminates in a series of high-risk operations at home, pushing the Section to its very limits.
As Iran's race to become a nuclear power impacts on British and American security, the distinction between friend and foe becomes ever-more blurred.
Harry and his team start to question exactly whose agenda they're working to and who they can trust – both on and off the Grid.
Meanwhile, the electric atmosphere between Adam and Ros comes to a head, but things are complicated further by Adam's ongoing and dangerous affair with a key asset inside the Iranian Embassy."

The episodes so far seem to have a running theme, linking episodes together through ongoing events, but leaving individual episodes with their own complete story. The first of these story arcs is the kidnapping and disappearance of Zaf, treated in the first three episodes. The question of his survival, along with the mysterious opposite agent 'Copenhagen', link the episodes and provide a greater incentive for MI5 to be successful. Although his death seems apparent, there is considerable room for doubt.


The current ongoing storyline involving Iran's efforts to acquire nuclear capability took a twist close to reality in episodes four and five. It emerged that the Americans were planning to secretly sell Iran blueprints for a nuclear trigger in order to assure a pretext for starting a war with Iran. It then became clear in episode five that the Americans had inserted a small but critical flaw in the diagrams, "a tiny miscalculation that will set their nuclear programme back a decade", as explained by CIA operative Bob Hogan. While this plot line may seem ludicrous and unbelievable, this may have actually happened in 2000, according to New York Times reporter James Risen:

"Deep in the bowels of the CIA, someone must be nervously, but very privately, wondering: "Whatever happened to those nuclear blueprints we gave to the Iranians?" The story dates back to the Clinton administration and February 2000, when one frightened Russian scientist walked Vienna's winter streets. The Russian had good reason to be afraid. He was walking around Vienna with blueprints for a nuclear bomb."[16]

Series 7

Series 7 of Spooks is being written and is in preproduction as of December 2007,[17]. In contrast to previous seasons, it is rumoured to only be 8 episodes long, and is likely to air in autumn 2008. Rupert Penry-Jones as Adam Carter and Peter Firth as Sir Harry Pearce have been confirmed to be returning, along with Alex Lampunekin as Ben Kaplan, Hugh Simon as Malcolm Wynn-Jones and Gemma Jones as Connie James. Returning to the grid after staging her own death will be Hermione Norris as Ros Myers for an unknown number of episodes, and joining the grid will be Richard Armitage as Lucas North, an agent who has been held in a Russian prison for the past eight years. Jo Portman's fate has yet to be revealed, as per the season six cliffhanger.[18] Photographed on location for the 2007 TV movie Persuasion with Sally Hawkins Rupert Penry-Jones (born 22 September 1970 in London), sometimes credited as Rupert Penry Jones, is an English actor. ... Adam Carter is the character played by Rupert Penry-Jones in the BBC television series Spooks. ... Peter Firth (born October 27, 1953 in Bradford, Yorkshire, England) is an Academy Award-nominated British actor, well known for a variety of starring roles in film and on television from the 1970s to the 2000s. ... Harry Pearce CBE is the fictional head of the Counter-Terrorism department of MI5, featured in the British television series, Spooks, also known as MI5 in the United States. ... Malcolm Wynn-Jones is the fictional MI5 analyst, featured in the British Television Series Spooks, also known as MI5 in the United States. ... Gemma Jones (born December 4, 1942) is an English character actress on both stage and screen. ... Connie James is a fictional British spy in the BBC series Spooks, played by Gemma Jones. ... Hermione Norris (born 1968 in Essex, England) is a British actress. ... Ros Myers is a fictional Field Operative of the Counter-Terrorism department of MI5, featured in the British television spy drama, Spooks, which is broadcast under the title MI-5 in the United States. ... Richard Armitage (born August 22, 1971) is an English actor. ... Jo Portman is a fictional Field Operative of the Counter-Terrorism department of MI5, featured in the British television series, Spooks, also known as MI5 in the United States. ...


Spooks: Liberty

Main article: Spooks: Liberty

Following the success of the BBC Three Doctor Who spin-off series, Torchwood, the controller of BBC Three, Julian Bellamy, announced a Spooks spin-off entitled Spooks: Liberty (working title: Rogue Spooks) in December 2006.[19][20] The show started filming in Bradford in 2008 and is due to be broadcast later in the year under its new title, Code 9.[21] For the BBC radio station, see BBC Radio 3. ... This article is about the television series. ... For plants known as torchwood, see Burseraceae. ...


Cast

Main article: List of Spooks characters

The main recurring characters, listed in order of fictional seniority, include (principals shown in bold): The main recurring characters in the TV series Spooks include (principals shown in bold): // Harry Pearce (Peter Firth) (2002-) - Head of Counter-Terrorism Department, MI5. ...


Current main characters

The Grid

Harry Pearce CBE is the fictional head of the Counter-Terrorism department of MI5, featured in the British television series, Spooks, also known as MI5 in the United States. ... Peter Firth (born October 27, 1953 in Bradford, Yorkshire, England) is an Academy Award-nominated British actor, well known for a variety of starring roles in film and on television from the 1970s to the 2000s. ... Adam Carter is the character played by Rupert Penry-Jones in the BBC television series Spooks. ... Photographed on location for the 2007 TV movie Persuasion with Sally Hawkins Rupert Penry-Jones (born 22 September 1970 in London), sometimes credited as Rupert Penry Jones, is an English actor. ... Ros Myers is a fictional Field Operative of the Counter-Terrorism department of MI5, featured in the British television spy drama, Spooks, which is broadcast under the title MI-5 in the United States. ... Hermione Norris (born 1968 in Essex, England) is a British actress. ... Jo Portman is a fictional Field Operative of the Counter-Terrorism department of MI5, featured in the British television series, Spooks, also known as MI5 in the United States. ... This article or section may contain original research or unverified claims. ... Malcolm Wynn-Jones is the fictional MI5 analyst, featured in the British Television Series Spooks, also known as MI5 in the United States. ... Connie James is a fictional British spy in the BBC series Spooks, played by Gemma Jones. ... Gemma Jones (born December 4, 1942) is an English character actress on both stage and screen. ... Richard L. Armitage Richard Lee Armitage (born April 26, 1945) was the 13th United States Deputy Secretary of State, the second-in-command at the State Department, serving from 2001 to 2005, Previously, he was a high-ranking troubleshooter and negotiator in the Departments of State and Defense. ...

Other

Nicholas Blake MP is a fictional character in the British TV series Spooks. ... Robert Glenister (born March 11, 1960 in London, England) is a British actor, the son of director John Glenister and the brother of actor Philip Glenister. ... Juliet Shaw has risen fast as a spy, currently holding the position of National Security Coordinator. ... Anna Chancellor as Questular Rontok in The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Anna Chancellor (b. ...

Former main characters

Oliver Mace is a character in the television spy drama Spooks. ... Tim McInnerny as Lord Percy Percy in Blackadder II. Tim McInnerny (stress on the penultimate syllable of McInnerny) was born September 18, 1956 and is a British actor. ... The Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC) was founded in 1936 as a sub-committee of the Committee of Imperial Defence. ... Bob Hogan is a fictional character in the British television series Spooks. ... Matthew Marsh may be: Matthew Marsh (racing driver) Matthew Marsh (actor) Category: ... Simon Abkarian (Armenian: ); born March 5, 1962) is an Armenian-French actor. ... Tessa Phillips is a character in the television drama series Spooks. ... Jennifer Ann Agutter (born December 20, 1952) is an English actress. ... For other uses, see Tom Quinn (disambiguation). ... Matthew Macfadyen Matthew Macfadyen (born 1974) is a British theatre and film actor, best known for his role as MI5 agent Tom Quinn in the BBC television drama series Spooks. ... Zafar Younis (played by Raza Jaffrey) is a fictional character in the popular British BBC drama Spooks. ... Raza Jaffrey is an actor, most notable for playing the character of Zafar Younis in the television spy drama Spooks and also playing the lead character Akaash in the stage production Bombay Dreams. ... Fiona Carter was a case officer in the Counter-Terrorism department of MI5, featured in the British television series, Spooks, also known as MI5 in the United States. ... Olga Sosnovska (Sosnowska) (born May 21, 1972 in Warsaw) is a Polish-born UK/US-based actress. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... David Oyelowo (born on 1 April 1976) is a British actor. ... Zoe Reynolds was a fictional Case Officer in the Counter-Terrorism department of MI5, featured in the British television series, Spooks, also known as MI5 in the United States. ... Keeley Hawes (born 1 January 1977 in London) is an English actress, best known for her role as Zoe Reynolds in the BBC One drama series Spooks (2002-2004). ... Helen Flynn, played by Lisa Faulkner, was a fictional administrative officer in the British BBC spy drama Spooks. ... Lisa Faulkner, (born January 2, 1973), is an English actress. ... Ruth Evershed was the fictional Intelligence Analyst seconded from GCHQ to MI5, featured in the British Television Series Spooks, also known as MI5 in the United States. ... Nicola Walker (born in Stepney, London, United Kingdom) is a British actress, best known for her starring roles in various British television programmes from the 1990s onwards. ... The Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) (previously named the Government Code and Cipher School (GC&CS)) is the main British intelligence service providing signals intelligence (SIGINT). ... Colin Wells is the fictional Technical Officer at MI5, in BBC spy-fi drama Spooks. ... Rory MacGregor (born August 2, 1976 in London, England, UK) is a British actor, well known for a variety of roles on television, generally in the 2000s. ... Shauna MacDonald (birthdate unknown; native of Antigonish, Nova Scotia) is a Canadian television and film actress and radio announcer. ... Jed Kelley, played by Graeme Mearns, was a fictional administrative officer in the British BBC spy drama Spooks. ...

Episodes

Spooks has had a total of 56 episodes and six series, the last of which concluded on 18 December 2007. Individual episodes have no official titles, though there are internal working titles. ...


Production style

Each episode ends with the final scene freezing suddenly into a black-and-white negative image that then compresses with a distinctive sound effect into a flat white line against a black screen. A trailer for the next episode is shown, followed by the Kudos and BBC logos. If the episode is the finale in the series then the Kudos/BBC logos are shown immediately after the image compression with no sound. The series airs with no credits on BBC One, to maintain an atmosphere of the anonymity of real-life spies and the drama of each episode. For the BBC radio station, see BBC Radio 1. ...


Episodes aired on BBC Three, one week ahead of their BBC One showing (except for the last episode, which is only shown on BBC One), have a brief credit sequence following the trailer and before the Kudos and BBC logos. Full credit are available to read online. For the BBC radio station, see BBC Radio 3. ... For the BBC radio station, see BBC Radio 1. ...


Locations

Regular

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Single Episodes

University College London depicting the British Museum in the film The Mummy Returns. ... The central courtyard of Somerset House in London. ... The National Liberal Club is a London gentlemens club, now also open to women, which was established by William Ewart Gladstone in 1882 for the purpose of providing club facilities for Liberal Party campaigners among the newly-enlarged electorate after the 1882 Reform Act. ... The Floral Hall of the Royal Opera House The Royal Opera House is a performing arts venue in London. ... The Thames Barrier is a flood control structure on the River Thames, constructed between 1974 and 1984 at Woolwich Reach, London. ... This GNER train serving Kings Cross is named White Rose after the traditional symbol of Yorkshire. ... The Floral Hall of the Royal Opera House The Royal Opera House is a performing arts venue in London. ... The Old Royal Naval College The Royal Naval College, Greenwich, was a Royal Navy training establishment between 1873 and 1998, in the centre of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site in London. ... This article is about Greenwich in England. ... Statue of Brunel at the University Brunel University is a university situated in West London, England. ...

DVD releases

Series Region 1 Region 2 Extras
Series One January 13 2004 16 June 2003 Deleted scenes, a guide to Spooks terminology, character biographies, image galleries, interviews and commentaries with the cast and crew.
Series Two January 11 2005 20 September 2004 Outtakes, cast interviews and commentaries, and featurettes.
Series Three January 31 2006 5 September 2005 Audio commentaries, 'behind the scenes' featurettes, deleted scenes and DVDROM content, including scripts, wallpapers and image gallery.
Series Four January 9 2007 4 September 2006 Audio commentaries, a 'behind the scenes' documentary and interviews with the series producer and the director of episodes 9 and 10.
Series Five January 8 2008 10 September 2007 2 audio commentaries, cast interviews and Miranda Raison's video diary for series 6
Series Six TBA October 2008[23][24]

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Spooks books

  • Sangster, Jim: Spooks Confidential: The Official Handbook (2003), Contender Books (London). ISBN 1-84357-069-6.
Episode guide of the first two seasons, and background information on MI5 and the making of the series.
  • Spooks: The Personnel Files (2007), Headling Publishing Group (London). ISBN 978-0-7553-3397-4.
Detailed MI5 personnel files of eight of the show's main characters: Adam Carter, Danny Hunter, Zoe Reynolds, Tom Quinn, Ruth Evershed, Harry Pearce, Zafar Younis and Malcolm Wynn-Jones.
  • Spooks: Behind the Scenes (2006), Orion Books (London). ISBN 0-75287-610-4.
Background information on British intelligence and episode guides for the first four series.
  • Spooks: Harry’s Diary: Top Secret (2007), Headling Publishing Group (London). ISBN 978-0-7553-3398-1.
The untold stories of Spooks, and MI5, as seen from the perspective of Harry Pearce, the Spooks team leader.

International broadcasts and DVD sales

In the United States, the series is screened on A&E, a speciality cable channel, under the title MI-5. This is partly due to the fact that the word "spook" is an old (American) racist slang term for African Americans, and the network did not wish to risk the possibility of causing offence, and partly because in the US, "spook" is more generally associated with the Central Intelligence Agency (in the US) and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service in Canada.[25] Series 3 began in the U.S. immediately after the UK run ended and wrapped up with Episode 10 on March 12, 2005. The first two series were shown on A&E as a single 16-episode season. Due to the need to insert commercial advertising breaks, the episodes shown on A&E are heavily edited versions, with each 59-minute instalment being edited down to roughly 45 minutes for U.S. showings, often causing some narrative problems for American viewers. The full versions are, however, available on DVD in that country. Biography is one of A&Es longest-running and most popular programs. ... An African American (also Afro-American, Black American, or simply black) is a member of an ethnic group in the United States whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Africa. ... CIA redirects here. ... “CSIS” redirects here. ... DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is a popular optical disc storage media format. ...


Unlike Series 3, Series 4 did not air immediately on A&E after it ended in the UK. It appeared that they were abandoning the show, but Series 4 began airing in the US after an 18-month absence on Fridays at 11pm on September 15, 2006. A&E stopped showing new episodes on September 29, 2006, replacing it with reruns of CSI: Miami. Series 4 was released on DVD in the US on January 9, 2007. To placate either viewer protest on their own message boards or Kudos, the British production company of the show (for whom at the end of US broadcasts the credits say jointly produces with A&E), they broadcast the remaining 8 episodes of Series 4 in one showing from 11am-7pm on October 21, 2006. [26]. BBC America now has the broadcast rights to the series, and will re-air Series 1 through 4 before showing series 5 (and eventually 6) to the US. Thusfar, they have broadcast reruns of series 1 and 2, and Series 3 begins airing on March 12, 2008. Series 5, which has not been shown in the U.S., will be available on DVD to American viewers on January 8, 2008. CSI: Miami is a spinoff of the popular CBS network series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. ... Kudos Film & Television is a British television production company, which has produced drama series for most of the major television networks in the UK. Its best-known series are the spy drama Spooks (known as MI5 in the United States) and con-artist thriller series Hustle for BBC One and... BBC America is an American television network, owned and operated by BBC Worldwide, which was launched on March 29, 1998, available on both cable and satellite. ... is the 8th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance to the Gregorian calendar. ...


In Canada, the series was also screened uncut and unedited on BBC Canada, a speciality digital cable channel, under its original BBC title Spooks, however, this was stopped after Series 3 because the U.S. A&E channel had exclusive rights to future viewings in Canada and was showing the episodes as well (albeit in the same almost-abandoned manner as in the United States). However, BBC Canada has resumed showing the series and began showing Series 5 to Canadian viewers on August 26, 2007. BBC also shows Spooks on its entertainment channel BBC Prime in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. BBC Canada is a general entertainment Canadian category 2 digital cable television channel. ... BBC Canada is a general entertainment Canadian category 2 digital cable television channel. ... is the 238th day of the year (239th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... The old BBC Prime logo used until 1997 BBC Prime is the BBCs general entertainment TV channel in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... A world map showing the continent of Africa Africa is the worlds second-largest and second most-populous continent, after Asia. ... A map showing countries commonly considered to be part of the Middle East The Middle East is a region comprising the lands around the southern and eastern parts of the Mediterranean Sea, a territory that extends from the eastern Mediterranean Sea to the Persian Gulf. ...


The programme is also aired as Spooks in Australia and New Zealand on ABC and TVNZ respectively. However, Australian audiences have been recently informed by the ABC that they will have to wait until 2008 to view Series 5. It is also syndicated on the Foxtel Pay-TV channel UK.TV. In Sweden it airs as Spooks on SVT1, in France the programme is called MI-5 and broadcast on Canal Plus and Canal Jimmy. In Finland the show is called Erikoisjoukkue and it was first aired on YLE TV1 (Series 1 and 2) and then MTV3 started airing the programme from Series 1. In Belgium Spooks was broadcast on the Flemish public channel Canvas and on the French Belgian channel RTBF. In the Czech Republic, it is called MI5 and is aired on ČT1. In Israel it was aired under two different names (MI-5 and Spooks) on the Arutz 2 Channel 2 and on cable. In Slovenia it was aired on Kanal A as Tajni agenti. It is aired in Southeast Asia through the Hallmark Channel. In the Netherlands, Spooks is aired on the channel Nederland 3. It currently airs in Croatia on HRT 2 as Obavještajci, (Intelligence Agents). It is broadcast in English with Croatian subtitles as opposed to being dubbed. As of present in September 2007, the 3rd series is being screened. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation or ABC is Australias national non-profit public broadcaster. ... The TVNZ Television Centre in Central Auckland. ... Foxtel is a subscription television company in Australia, formed through a joint venture between Telstra and News Corporation. ... UKTV is a subscription television channel in Australia and New Zealand, screening UK entertainment programming, sourced mainly from the archives of the BBC, TALKBACKThames and ITV Plc. ... SVT1 is one of two television channels broadcast by Sveriges Television in Sweden. ... The title of this article is incorrect due to technical limitations. ... Finlands National Broadcasting Company YLE (Yleisradio in Finnish, Rundradion in Swedish) was founded in 1926. ... For the Spanish-language MTV channel in the Americas, see MTV Tr3́s. ... For other uses, see Flanders (disambiguation). ... Look up Canvas in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... La Une (The One) is a Belgian national television channel, owned and operated by RTBF. // Institut National de Radiodiffusion (IRN) begins experimental television in Belgium on 2 June 1953, with the crowning of Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom. ... ÄŒeská televize (Czech television) is television broadcaster in the Czech Republic. ... Channel 2 (Israel) is an Israeli commercial television channel that started broadcasting in November 4, 1993 under the Second Israeli Broadcasting Authority. ... Kanal A is Slovenias first private television network, commencing broadcasts in November 1990, shortly after the dissolution of Communist-ruled Yugoslavia. ... Location of Southeast Asia Southeast Asia is a subregion of Asia. ... The Hallmark Channel is a cable television network that broadcasts in over 100 countries. ... Motto: Je Maintiendrai (Dutch: Ik zal handhaven, English: I Shall Uphold) Anthem: Wilhelmus van Nassouwe Capital Amsterdam1 Largest city Amsterdam Official language(s) Dutch2 Government Parliamentary democracy Constitutional monarchy  - Queen Beatrix  - Prime minister Jan Peter Balkenende Independence Eighty Years War   - Declared July 26, 1581   - Recognised January 30, 1648 (by Spain... Croatian Radiotelevision or Hrvatska radiotelevizija (HRT) is the Croatian public broadcasting company. ...


In Brazil, the series is screened on People + Arts, cable channel, under the title Dupla Identidade (Double Identity). In Argentina the same channel screens it as Doble Identidad (also Double Identity). People+Arts is an arts television channel broadcasting to Spain, Portugal and Latin America. ...


In Iceland the series is shown on RUV (The Icelandic National Broadcasting Service) on Tuesdays at 22:25 under the Spooks name. RUV or the Ríkísútvarpið (Pronounced Rikissootvarpith) is the main state broadcaster for Iceland. ...


Spooks is shown in Hungary under Titkosszolgálat - MI5 (Secret Service - MI5) on Hungarian Television (channel: M1). Magyar Televízió (or Hungarian Television) is a Hungarian national public service television company, which operates two channels, called M1, M2. ...


Critical response

Awards

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Footnotes

  1. ^ Exact figure: 7.491666667, calculated from BARB figures for week ending 19/05/2002 and all subsequent weeks until 23/06/2002 which can be found here
  2. ^ BBC - Spooks - Series 1 Episode Guide
  3. ^ The Broadcasting Standards Commission receives 154 complaints after Helen Flynn's killing, as reported by BBC News.
  4. ^ BBC - Spooks - Series 2 Episode Guide
  5. ^ Exact figure: 7.097, calculated from BARB figures for week ending 08/06/2003 and all subsequent weeks until 17/08/2003 which can be found here
  6. ^ BBC - Spooks - Episode Guide
  7. ^ Exact figure: 5.771, calculated from BARB figures for week ending 17/10/2004 and all subsequent weeks until 19/12/2004 which can be found here
  8. ^ Exact figure: 6.045, calculated from BARB figures for week ending 18/09/2005 and all subsequent weeks until 13/11/2005 which can be found here
  9. ^ Gibson, Owen. Spooky coincidences. "The Guardian". Monday September 12, 2005 (requires registration).
  10. ^ BBC - Spooks - Episode Guide
  11. ^ Exact figure: 5.968, calculated from BARB figures for week ending 17/09/2006 and all subsequent weeks until 19/11/2006 which can be found here
  12. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/drama/spooks/ BBC Spooks Site
  13. ^ Series 6 Episode Guide
  14. ^ Calculated from BARB figures for week ending 21/10/2007 and all subsequent weeks until 23/12/2007 which can be found here
  15. ^ Spooks website
  16. ^ Review of James Risen's latest book
  17. ^ BBC - writersroom - Insight
  18. ^ [1]
  19. ^ BBC News (2006-12-14). Spooks spin-off set for BBC Three.
  20. ^ BBC3 creates Spooks spin-off. The Guardian (2006-12-14). Retrieved on 2008-03-25.
  21. ^ 'Spooks' spinoff heading to BBC Three. Digital Spy (2008-03-25). Retrieved on 2008-03-25.
  22. ^ Spooks Expert on Jed's departure.
  23. ^ Spooks: Complete Series 6. Amazon. Retrieved on 2008-02-21.
  24. ^ Spooks: Series 6. Play.com. Retrieved on 2008-02-21.
  25. ^ The BBC's response to the Spooks name change to MI-5
  26. ^ TV Guide on A&E's coverage of Spooks
  27. ^ BAFTA award list 2000 to 2005
  28. ^ RTS Award page
  29. ^ Kudos - Spooks information page
  30. ^ a b BBC Drama - Best of 2003

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References

Articles

  1. "Spooks spark" from The Northern Echo (September 2006)
  2. "Did the CIA give Iran the Bomb?"from The Guardian (January 2006)

Additional information from newspapers The Northern Echo is a regional newspaper serving the north-east of England. ... For other uses, see Guardian. ...

  1. One of the reports was in The Sun, and can be found here.
  2. The BBC denied the accusations; a report of the issue can be found here.

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External links

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