Between 40 and 50 cuts were made in the first 10 minutes of the pilot episode to quickly introduce the main characters. The first series of the British spy drama television series Spooks (known as MI-5 in the United States) began broadcasting on 13 May 2002 on BBC One, and ended on 17 June 2002.It consists of six episodes. At other times, the actor wore sunglasses. Kudos Film and Television developed Spooks after releasing Channel 4 medical drama Psychos in 1999, though the company initially faced friction from television networks which saw no potential in a post-Cold War spy show. Anthony Head - Traitor's Gate (1#4); Tim Pigott-Smith - (1#5); Series 2. Rory MacGregor (Colin Wells) Olga Sosnovska (Fiona Carter)  Scenes were filmed in Hampstead Heath in "Traitor's Gate", while one scene was filmed in Trafalgar Square and at London Bridge for "The Rose Bed Memoirs". When they report what they saw to Harry Pearce, he instructs them to remove any reference to Salter from their reports and to forget what they saw. According to Oyelowo, Wolstencroft's scripts included more spy terms, stating "we curse David Wolstencroft often. Directed by Alrick Riley.  The first series was later repeated on BBC America, alongside the second series starting in June 2007.  However, Spooks was also voted the third worst drama. Hawes was attracted to the parallels between acting and spying.  Several other locales around London were used as filming locations.  The sources also advised the producers how to tail targets without being spotted. Wolstencroft wrote the first two episodes and finale of series one. Peter Firth (Harry Pearce) According to Wolstencroft, the attacks "sidewinded" the show, "perversely made it as relevant as can be," and "commuted a great sense of responsibility" on Spooks. Ten main cast members are listed in the first series. Harry Pearce finds himself in front of a tribunal over his willingness to trade the Albany file to save Ruth Evershed but he is temporarily reinstated at the request of the Home Secretary.  Although Spooks is a serious show, the writers add occasional humour from the characters. With [Spooks] there is nothing like it, no filler material at all.  As the series progressed, there were more difficulties with the relationship; Brenton wrote Tom's position as if the character did not see the problem. Episode guide, trailer, review, preview, cast list and where to stream it on demand, on catch up and download. Although the sequences were presented in a similar vein to the American action series 24, the split screen idea did not come from the show itself; Nalluri thought of it independently after visiting a pub one night after filming wrapped up. Firth would "pepper" the dialogue with quotations from famous classical works, with moral and religious philosophies. If someone's lied that much, how can there ever be any trust in your relationship again? According to Wolstencroft, Nalluri "directs as I see. ", See the ratings on the episode table above. Despite his status as a former Buffy regular, Head still had to earn the role from his audition. Filming was usually done with long lens cameras, which proved difficult for the crew as many filming location were short on space. David Oyelowo (Danny Hunter) Wolstencroft was influenced by American television to make the episodes pacier. A cynical veteran with more than 20 years' experience. The title is a popular colloquialism for spies, and the series follows the work of a group of MI5 officers based at the service's Thames House headquarters, in a highly secure suite of offices known as The Grid. Wolstencroft pitched the story, and then each writer wrote 30 pages of dialogue.  David Oyelowo plays fellow junior case officer Danny Hunter.  The first episode ended up with an overnight rating of 9.2 million viewers, with a 41 per cent audience share, easily winning its time slot, and nearly doubling the numbers of ITV1's Helen West, which was viewed by 4.8 million at the same slot. [Spooks] is its own beast altogether: a smart, thrilling series that pulls no punches and maintains a consistent level of quality and intelligence throughout its running time.  In the series finale, the exterior of Sizewell nuclear power stations in Suffolk was used as a double for the fictional Sefton B power station. Howard Brenton wrote the last three episodes, co-writing the finale with Wolstencroft. Meanwhile, the head of an Irish splinter group, Patrick McCann (, This page was last edited on 9 January 2021, at 20:55. Leila Kirkpatrick was the line producer and Linda Stefansdottir was the production designer, while Andrea Galer was the costume designer, and Alison Davies was the make-up designer. After the commissioning teams from the networks were replaced, Kudos again pitched the show, albeit reinvented, and as a result Lorraine Heggessey, controller of BBC One, commissioned the show after planning to introduce "braver", "dynamic" and "pacier" shows to attract a younger audience for the channel.  Kevin McNally appears as Robert Osbourne, the antagonist of the second episode. A technical whiz-kid who is the youngest member of section B. The first series was released on DVD on 16 June 2003 in Region 2, 18 August 2003 in Region 4, and 13 January 2004 in Region 1. In the latter's case, the actors were filmed on the top floors, where the wind forced the actors to raise their voices so the sound unit could hear them. Tom's short-term doctor lover , The two main writers, Brenton and Wolstencroft, had different styles and influences in their scripts. , Before broadcasting began, the BBC considered airing the show on a Saturday night timeslot as its research found that any potential viewers were less likely to watch television on Saturdays than most other nights of the week; the BBC hoped that Spooks would boost its timeslot. , In episode five, Tim Pigott-Smith plays Hampton Wilder, a character who was based on Richard Nixon and Jeffrey Archer. Among the storylines, main character Tom Quinn faces dilemmas living a double life with his girlfriend, who at first does not know he is really a spy, and Tessa Phillips is running phantom agents for monetary gain. However, the producers did not know how to fill in episode two, so the death was moved up. A young trainee who deals with the section's admin but wants to be an agent. Spooks follows the actions of Section D, a counter-terrorism division of the British Security Service (MI5).  Laurie based his performance on Barry Foster's portrayal of the head of MI6 in Sweeney!. Return to the Spooks (MI-5) Episode Guide main page. According to Wolstencroft, the inclusion of Helen's death was to give the audience the message that "the world of Spooks isn't the world where the cavalry always arrive, because in reality these people [MI5] do risk their lives on our behalf and they do get into sticky situations with genuinely nasty people." Series 1 Spooks. Throughout production, the producers were advised by former intelligence officers from the Security Service, KGB and Central Intelligence Agency. , Each episode took approximately two months to edit, and editing usually began as the episodes were still being shot. , Esther Hall describing the Tom/Ellie relationship from Ellie's point of view. While that frenetic pace makes for challenging viewing, it might prevent the show from reaching a broader audience."  "One Last Dance" had scenes filmed in Roehampton and New Zealand House. [n 1] After two episodes aired, the BBC began considering renewing the show for a longer second series as it had proved popular among the key demographics of viewers aged 16 to 34 years. The bright, popular senior case officer of MI5's Section B team. Appearing as recurring characters are CIA Agent, Bob Hogan, and Iranian Special Consul, Dariush Bakhshi, and his wife, Ana. While at the Turkish Embassy, Zoe is caught up in a siege by the Kurdish Liberation Army. " Bryan Byun of DVD Verdict had an issue with the storylines, stating, "At times it takes the entire length of an episode to figure out precisely what's going on. Tom's girlfriend who he met when working undercover at her restaurant. Keeley Hawes (Zoe Reynolds) However, they also saw this as an opportunity; as Spooks is a spy show, Wolstencroft had the idea that it would be "cool" to have a show that was anonymous, and it would fit the spirit of the series. The producers later successfully pitched the series to the BBC after the networks' commissioning teams were replaced. , The first series received generally favourable reviews. Welcome to the Spooks guide at TV.com.Take a trip into the world of deception and espionage that is MI5. The Broadcasting Standards Commission stated the scene was shocking, but "in the context was acceptable and important for the later narrative".  With consolidated figures factored in, the first series was seen by an average of 7.49 million viewers. Harry is sceptical, because Walker had set up a meeting with Harry just before the "suicide", and Michael Braydon, a second CIA officer, unexpectedly dies. , The first series of Spooks saw various storylines involving the main characters. This became the basis for creating Jools Siviter. Cranitch had previously appeared in several other dramas as Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) operators. Salter is a legendary agent and neither Zoe or Danny are quite sure what to do. The first series of the British spy drama television series Spooks (known as MI-5 in the United States) began broadcasting on 13 May 2002 on BBC One, and ended on 17 June 2002.  The series made use of real firearms that were decommissioned from service.  It was later released in Australia (Region 4) on 18 August 2003, and in the United States (Region 1, where it is known as MI-5: Volume 1) on 13 January 2004. American shows tend to run for 20–25 episodes a season, and while developments occur, there are always the filler episodes. At the end of 2002, the BBC released a "Best of" viewer polls on its website. He later takes over Tom's position as Section Chief after the latter jeopardised an important operation. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. Not scheduled. " Dennis Landmann of MovieFreak rated the series eight out of ten, calling it "thrilling, dramatic, and fast", while "much more concise" than many American series. Matthew MacFadyen (Tom Quinn) (recurring) It consists of six episodes. Certain cast members, including Oyelowo, handled firearms at some point in the series. The idea was originally going to be used in the series finale. Track Spooks season 3 episodes. The producers also wanted main characters to die on occasion rather than on a weekly or bi-weekly basis; otherwise it would show MI5 officers as not doing their jobs properly. Series 1: Episode 3. Series 1 Series 2 Series 3 Series 4 Series 5 Series 6 Series 7 Series 8 Series 9 Series 10 In the same episode, Naoko Mori appeared as a lover of Danny's; Mori previously appeared in Psychos, another series produced by Kudos.  Firth and Macfadyen were listed in the "Best Actor" category, being voted twenty-first, and fifth, respectively. Richard Harrington (Will) As a result of the series, MI5's website saw a surge in a number of applications to the organisation by viewers. Of the series, Millheiser called it a "great show," with "plotlines that are fast-paced and gripping throughout", adding, "It lacks the slick, candy-coated escapism and romanticism of Alias, or the white-knuckled, thrill-a-minute intensity of 24. ", The first series attracted controversy for its second episode, which saw the demise of a main character after her hand and head were forced into a deep fryer. " Michael Mackenzie of The Digital Fix rated the series eight out of ten, stating that although Spooks "may not be perfect", "it is an imaginative and intriguing series. Season 3 guide for Spooks TV series - see the episodes list with schedule and episode summary.  The series also introduced the premise of not including any production credits. Spooks. A little resentful of Zoe. The producers felt the actor was suitable for the role, as was the case with Debra Stephenson, who played his wife Claire. ", Nancy Banks-Smith of The Guardian stated the series is "one of those shiny and insubstantial series," adding that "all that leaping out of bed at dawn on the pretext that you have to go and sell a house tends to wear thin." Joe Joseph of The Times stated that it "bears a closer resemblance [to] 24," which "shaded the pleasure of this opening episode", but felt that by the end of the episode, Spooks had "established a voice of its own." It's the ultimate betrayal. The title is a popular colloquialism for spies, and the series follows the work of a group of MI5 officers based at the service's Thames House headquarters, in a highly secure suite of offices known as The Grid. Peter Firth (Harry Pearce) , Guest appearances in the first series include, "Imagine moving in with the man you love and then discover you don't even know his real name? To maintain gun safety, two weapons experts were on hand to train the actors during rehearsal. Catch up with the action from all five series of Spooks. Matthew MacFadyen (Tom Quinn) Rory MacGregor (Colin Wells) Spooks centres on the actions of Section D, a counter-terrorism division of the British Security Services (MI5).  Brenton, meanwhile, adopted the same writing style based on early episodes of Taggart, a Scottish-based crime drama; the writer was impressed by the show's ability to add more to the plot halfway through.  Oyelowo first became aware of the show when his agent brought him the script, and was quickly intrigued by the project, and wanted a part to play in it.  Brenton and Wolstencroft collaborated to write "Lesser of Two Evils" due to timing constraints. The first episode features Rupert Penry-Jones as Adam Carter, who was drafted in from MI6 to help investigate Tom's disappearance. This ensures that each episode is strong in content and execution. , The producers chose the exterior and some interior of Freemasons' Hall in Holborn as the stand-in for Thames House, the real-life headquarters of MI5, as they felt both buildings shared a similar architecture. His dialogue tends to be the most chewy," and the actors had to learn them as if they spoke as such on a daily basis. When portraying the character, Macfadyen did what he was told to do; he did not want to create a backstory for the character as he did not find merit in doing so. Not scheduled. According to Wolstencroft, he felt that anybody who works in such an occupation with high responsibilities tends to have humour around, and that those people make jokes even though they have seen "heinous things".  While writing the series, the writer introduced a set of "MI5 terminology", terms used by the main characters in the series. , Within the fortnight of the show's launch, MI5 noted a surge in a number of applications to the organisation as a result of the series. You discover your partner has always been acting in some way, that he's always been at an emotional distance.  His chosen writing style was a mixture of the "grittyness" of le Carré's works and James Bond-like fantasies.  In the Craft awards, Julian Slater, Nigel Heath, Michael Fentum and Dan Morgan were nominated in Best Sound in Drama. This is one of those dramas where colleagues never make small talk but instead launch straight into an urgent purposive shorthand. There are also deleted scenes, image galleries, an explained list of MI5 terms, series credits (Spooks is a programme that does not include credits in its episodes), and scripts of the episodes, the latter of which are found on DVD-ROM. A workaholic who uses her people skills to good effect. They have just exchanged spies with the Russians and welcome the return of Lucas North after 7 years of imprisonment. Martine McCutcheon - Series 4, Episode 2; Andrew Tiernan - Surreal World and The Possibility of a Mole (4#1 and 4#2); Jimi Mistry - Series 4, Episode 6 Created by David Wolstencroft.  Sometime after filming concluded for the first series, the building was demolished. Spooks was voted the third best drama, beaten only by lesbian period drama Tipping the Velvet, which starred Keeley Hawes, and American action series 24. Banks-Smith also called the story "slightly unexpected" and stated, "Spooks appears to plume itself on its authenticity, and there are moments, well one moment, so stupid it has to be true. Full lists of the names of the cast and crew for Series 4, Episode 5 of BBC ONE drama Spooks. 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Four episodes were being written when the September 11 attacks took place, and the some scenes were rewritten to take the event into account to show the audience Spooks's goal of fighting terrorism. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. The second series of the British spy drama television series Spooks (known as MI-5 in the United States) began broadcasting on 2 June 2003 on BBC One, ending on 11 August 2003.It consists of ten episodes. The DVD release of the series in America contained the uncut episodes. Rupert Penry-Jones (Adam Carter) A former army officer who heads Section B. Among these were Danny's obsession with money and spending, by hacking into a credit card database to fool it to give him a better credit rating, and the discovery that Tessa is running phantom agents to pocket their money.  However, the series instead broadcast on Mondays. Each episode has its own audio commentary track. Harry Pierce's Russian counterpart, Arkady Katchimov hints however that they will soon have another agent in custody leading … David Oyelowo (Danny Hunter)  American actress Megan Dodds appears in the first episode as CIA liaison Christine Dale. She produces evidence that former Home Secretary Blake worked with Nightingale and ordered the bombing … Spooks - Series 1: Episode 3.  By the time the crew filmed the series finale, hand-held cameras were mostly used. Of if it were, we'd all be queueing up to talk in clipped and meaningful tones while striding down official-looking corridors. A little resentful of Zoe. MI-5 is having a particularly busy day. Sue Gibson and Sean Bobbitt served as the directors of photography, with Mark Goddard and Francesco Reidy serving as first assistant directors.  Following the complaints, the BBC admitted that the scene "clearly disturbed" several viewers, but defended it as it was showing the audience "the kind of threat which might be faced by agents engaged in the fight against terrorism." A technical whiz-kid who is the youngest member of section B.  After four episodes were written, the September 11 attacks took place, resulting in three thousand deaths in the United States. A keen trainee agent who joins the team in series two In episode six, Zoe is taken to court for misconduct during an operation and i… Spooks (known as MI-5 in certain countries) is a British spy drama television series, created …  The scenes where Tom reveals he is a spy to Ellie in "Traitor's Gate" were filmed using hand-held cameras, the first time they were used in the series. Firth was interested in the series after hearing of Brenton's involvement in the project, and thought Spooks was "special" and "different" from British television at the time. The fifth series of the BBC espionage television series Spooks began broadcasting on 17 September 2006 before ending on 13 November 2006. , The first series of Spooks was produced by Kudos Film and Television for the BBC. He downplayed his enthusiasm to get the part.  Meanwhile, also in episode four, Anthony Head, best known for his work on Buffy the Vampire Slayer at the time, played Peter Salter. Series 1 was the first series of Spooks which ran on BBC one from the 13th of May 2002 – 17th of June 2002 for a total of six episodes. ", Matthew Millheiser of DVD Talk agreed. However the Grid set, the offices of the protagonists, was filmed in a closed medical school in Kensington.  Macfadyen was also voted the sixth "hunkiest male". The last two episodes held several scenes filmed at a high-end house in Highgate owned by a silk merchant, in particular the opera house and bar Jools frequents, and the DG's (Director General of MI5) office. Moreover, an old KGB agent engaged in smuggling illegal arms has impugned the integrity of one of the Prime Minister's closest colleagues. Matthew Macfadyen plays primary protagonist and senior case officer Tom Quinn. The same episode made use of Covent Garden. " Fellow Guardian reviewer Gareth McLean stated that Spooks is "so good it makes you want to be a spy. Shauna MacDonald (Sam Buxton) ", The first series of Spooks was nominated for six awards, one of which it won. Other guest stars Series 1.  Creator David Wolstencroft found Tom to be the most fun, yet hardest character to write for due to him being the main character. The reviewer also noted that having only six episodes worked as an advantage over American television, stating "while this seems incredibly short, the idea is actually very good.  Mirren wrote "One Last Dance", which he felt was difficult to write as he had to tie two main storylines together. Spooks follows the actions of Section D, a counter-terrorism division of the British Security Service (MI5). Meanwhile, a scene in which Tom and Patrick strip naked to ensure they are not bugged came from the producers' sources. Full lists of the names of the cast and crew for Series 4, Episode 1 of BBC ONE drama Spooks. David Wolstencroft was credited as the series creator, Simon Crawford Collins as the producer, and Jane Featherstone as the series producer. Matthew Macfadyen, Keeley Hawes, David Oyelowo, Peter Firth, Jenny Agutter, Lisa Faulkner, Esther Hall, Heather Cave, Hugh Simon and Greame Mearns are listed as the main cast. Thou Shalt Not Kill. Anton Lesser - Series 3, Episode 4; Andy Serkis - Series 3, Episode 8; Series 4. A former army officer who heads Section B.  The controversy sparked a response from comedian Charlie Brooker in his Guardian column, stating: "The moment her head was forced into the deep-fat-fryer, viewers reared on the formulaic, it'll-be-alright-in-the-end blandness of cookie-cutter populist dramas like Casualty and Merseybeat sat up and blinked in disbelief: here was a major BBC drama series that actually had the nerve to confound expectation.  Each episode took approximately 12 to 14 days to shoot, although they do not follow on the order of the script; the production crew would film all scenes set at a certain location first, and then move on to the rest. The first series was seen by an average of 7.49 million, and received generally favourable reviews from critics, with some comparing the series to American espionage-based series such as 24. The editors would work on two episodes simultaneously. Keeley Hawes (Zoe Reynolds) 5.98 Juliet dismisses Harry after he stops the CIA from extraditing a British citizen, who turns out to be a terrorist, and is believed to have killed two MI5 officers. Gareth Neame - Executive Producer With Rupert Penry-Jones, Peter Firth, Richard Armitage, Hermione Norris.  Meanwhile, in the "Best Actress" category, Agutter and Hawes were voted twenty-sixth and second, respectively. Suddenly you're in a relationship with a complete stranger. The producers were impressed enough by Dodds' performance that they wished to see her return in the second series. He also took inspirations from novels including le Carré's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Rory MacGregor (Colin Wells) Has been recruited by Harry from MI6. Matthew MacFadyen (Tom Quinn) Simon Mirren wrote the third episode. Landmann added; "Each story is complex and convincing, plus the scripts are very well written.  The Tom and Ellie relationship was seen by viewers as the fourth best couple in television for the year, and Patrick McCann as the sixth best villain. In the United Kingdom, the box set was released with a "15" British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) certificate (meaning it is unsuitable for viewing by those under the age of 15 years). The missions of MI-5, the UK's domestic intelligence organization.  A principle story arc is Tom dealing with the complexities of his relationship with Ellie, who at first does not know he is a spy. A young but promising agent. Spooks Season 1 Episode 5: Episode 5 Summary: Disgraced MP Hampton Wilder has written memoirs with the power to destroy the government. The series won the Best Drama Series category over Clocking Off, Cutting It and Teachers. Megan Dodds (Christine Dale) , The Spooks producers were hoping the ratings for the pilot would achieve at least six million viewers; at the time this was considered acceptable ratings by the BBC, as it would allow them to further consider Spooks' future. , The pilot originally underwent 30 rewrites and four separate story ideas before the BBC was satisfied with it. Filming took place from November 2001 to March 2002. A third series of ten episodes was transmitted on BBC One in the autumn of 2004 and concluded on 13 December. A keen trainee agent who joins the team in series two  When including terrorists, the BBC often has the responsibility to portray people with as much balance as possible for both sides. The box set includes an array of special features.  The box set consists of all six episodes of the first series over three discs and 1.78:1 Anamorphic PAL widescreen format. Hugh Simon (Malcolm Wyn-Jones) However, Byun thought the first series was a "solid, gripping entertainment that pulls few punches. Has some murky secrets. The series consists of ten episodes. Colin Green and Soren B. Ebbe were the series editors, while David Crozier and Andrew Sissions served as sound recordists. Since there have been a lot of episodes–too many to list on one page–the episodes have been sorted by series and arranged byepisode number.  In the US, the first series aired in mid-2003 on A&E.  The different timeslot for episode four meant that it dipped below six million; however, ratings recovered to over seven million by the series finale. The cameras allowed for more intimate filming as opposed to shoulder-operated cameras. Shauna MacDonald (Sam Buxton) In addition there are numerous interviews with the cast and crew members of the series, discussing the origins and development of the show and the purpose of the main characters.  The producers created Maisie because they believed that children are often "the best spies of all". The producers agreed that adding credits would be a waste of time, and that the viewers would pay no attention to them. In the meantime, Wolstencroft, who wrote Psychos, was also developing a spy drama, albeit as a film. , The first series also sees a number of recurring characters and guest appearances. Meet the cast and learn more about the stars of of MI-5 with exclusive news, photos, videos and more at TVGuide.com Spooks was awarded a British Academy Television Awards (BAFTA) for Best Drama Series, and was nominated for two other BAFTAs and three Royal Television Society Awards. Howard Brenton and David Wolstencroft were nominated for the Writer award, but lost to Peter Bowker's work on television film Flesh and Blood. 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