1 "Episode 1" Paul Whittington: Jonathan Brackley & Sam Vincent: 20 September 2010 () 6.74: At Ros's funeral, Harry proposes to Ruth, who turns him down. [12] Between 40 and 50 cuts were made in the first 10 minutes of the pilot episode to quickly introduce the main characters. [54], The first series was well received by fans. 42 on BBC Two, and was down to seven million. [23], Each episode took approximately two months to edit, and editing usually began as the episodes were still being shot. 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. The bright, popular senior case officer of MI5's Section B team. [19] Mirren wrote "One Last Dance", which he felt was difficult to write as he had to tie two main storylines together. [4] The producers hired Brenton for his "radical" and "provocative" style. [29][30][31] In the US, the first series aired in mid-2003 on A&E. A little resentful of Zoe. Keeley Hawes (Zoe Reynolds) Rory MacGregor (Colin Wells) Stephen Garrett - Executive Producer [10] Tessa's story was described by a BBC press release as being about "the dangers of corruption from within". Suddenly you're in a relationship with a complete stranger. 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. He downplayed his enthusiasm to get the part. Kudos later pitched the show to all the major British television networks; however none of them were as enthusiastic as Kudos, as they did not see the potential of a post-Cold War spy series. Meanwhile, a scene in which Tom and Patrick strip naked to ensure they are not bugged came from the producers' sources. [11] The series also introduced the premise of not including any production credits. [4] Shooting took place almost entirely in London, with many rural scenes filmed around South East England. The missions of MI-5, the UK's domestic intelligence organization. [5] Keeley Hawes plays junior case officer Zoe Reynolds. [20] Brenton and Wolstencroft collaborated to write "Lesser of Two Evils" due to timing constraints. [4], The first series also sees a number of recurring characters and guest appearances. When Kudos contacted him, they agreed they should work together to create a television series based on his idea, which was not to glamourise the world of spies, instead showing the audience that spies work in a "shitty job". The Broadcasting Standards Commission stated the scene was shocking, but "in the context was acceptable and important for the later narrative". Hugh Simon (Malcolm Wyn-Jones), Jenny Agutter (Tessa Phillips) (recurring) Stephen Garrett - Executive Producer Gareth Neame - Executive Producer David Wolstencroft - Creator 6. [4] Among the advisors were Nick Day, who worked in counter-terrorism in the Security Services, Viktor Abramkin, a UK-based former KGB officer,[22] and Mike Baker, an ex-CIA agent. [17] However, the series instead broadcast on Mondays. American shows tend to run for 20–25 episodes a season, and while developments occur, there are always the filler episodes. Hugh Simon (Malcolm Wyn-Jones) It was nominated for three British Academy Television Awards (BAFTA) awards, two of which were Craft nominations. The producers were impressed enough by Dodds' performance that they wished to see her return in the second series. [28], 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. Despite his status as a former Buffy regular, Head still had to earn the role from his audition. Has been recruited by Harry from MI6. 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. In the tenth and final series, secrets tumble out when former foes of Harry Pearce during the Cold War fly into London to negotiate a partnership between Russia and the UK. 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. However the Grid set, the offices of the protagonists, was filmed in a closed medical school in Kensington. [62] The Tom and Ellie relationship was seen by viewers as the fourth best couple in television for the year,[63] and Patrick McCann as the sixth best villain. Esther Hall plays Tom's girlfriend and restaurant owner Ellie Simm, while Heather Cave plays her eight-year-old daughter, Maisie. [20], 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. [33], 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. "[50], The first series of Spooks was nominated for six awards, one of which it won. [48][49] 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." Episode guide, trailer, review, preview, cast list and where to stream it on demand, on catch up and download. Spooks Season 1 Episode 5: Episode 5 Summary: Disgraced MP Hampton Wilder has written memoirs with the power to destroy the government. However, each episode had approximately ten minutes edited out to accommodate for advert breaks. "[47], 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. [35] The second episode dropped to 7.8 million, but was still the most seen series in the timeslot. [11] 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. Spooks. The fifth series of the BBC espionage television series Spooks began broadcasting on 17 September 2006 before ending on 13 November 2006. A young trainee who deals with the section's admin but wants to be an agent. A young but promising agent. Hall felt that Ellie was the character the audience could identify with. [27] The episodes include split screen sequences. 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." Spooks centres on the actions of Section D, a counter-terrorism division of the British Security Services (MI5). Spooks was voted the third best drama,[55] beaten only by lesbian period drama Tipping the Velvet, which starred Keeley Hawes,[56] and American action series 24. Look up the top 30 weekly programmes from weeks ending 19 May to 24 June 2002 from the, Looking After Our Own § Broadcast, reception and controversy, "Weekly Top 30 Programmes (See weeks ending May 19 to 23 Jun 2002)", "ITV hopes goes West as Spooks steals in", "MI5 drama doubles numbers applying to be real-life spooks", "BBC Drama – Best of 2002 – Best Drama No.3: Spooks", "BBC Drama – Best of 2002 – Best Drama No.2: Tipping the Velvet", "BBC Drama – Best of 2002 – Best Drama No.1: 24", "BBC Drama – Best of 2002 – Hunkiest Male", "BBC Drama – Best of 2002 – Best Actress", "BBC Drama – Best of 2002 – Most Fanciable Female", "BBC Drama – Best of 2002 – Best Villain", "BBC Drama – Best of 2002 – Favourite Moment", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Spooks_(series_1)&oldid=999369985, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Zoe is sent on a standard bugging operation at the Turkish, Tom upgrades the security systems in his home to keep Ellie and Maisie safe from potential harm. Catch up with the action from all five series of Spooks. By the time he was hired it had been sixteen years since he last wrote for television. Other guest stars Series 1. According to Oyelowo, Wolstencroft's scripts included more spy terms, stating "we curse David Wolstencroft often. [4], Kudos began to develop the show after producing the Channel 4 medical drama series Psychos in 1999. 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. [ Episode 5 … [40], 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. Matthew MacFadyen (Tom Quinn) Certain cast members, including Oyelowo, handled firearms at some point in the series. Directed by Colm McCarthy. [61] Agutter, Faulkner and Hawes were also respectively voted the thirtieth, sixteenth and second "most fanciable females". [12] After four episodes were written, the September 11 attacks took place, resulting in three thousand deaths in the United States. The DVD release of the series in America contained the uncut episodes. She realised that although Tessa would start off as a peripheral character, her role would build as the series continued. [37] The different timeslot for episode four meant that it dipped below six million;[29] however, ratings recovered to over seven million by the series finale. Thou Shalt Not Kill. With [Spooks] there is nothing like it, no filler material at all. [58] Firth and Macfadyen were listed in the "Best Actor" category, being voted twenty-first, and fifth, respectively. Track Spooks season 3 episodes. 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. 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