[53] In the Craft awards, Julian Slater, Nigel Heath, Michael Fentum and Dan Morgan were nominated in Best Sound in Drama. Hugh Simon (Malcolm Wyn-Jones) It was nominated for three British Academy Television Awards (BAFTA) awards, two of which were Craft nominations. Welcome to the Spooks guide at TV.com.Take a trip into the world of deception and espionage that is MI5. The missions of MI-5, the UK's domestic intelligence organization. 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. The episodes were also repeated on the digital channel BBC Choice. [19] Mirren wrote "One Last Dance", which he felt was difficult to write as he had to tie two main storylines together. David Wolstencroft was credited as the series creator, Simon Crawford Collins as the producer, and Jane Featherstone as the series producer. While it's a little talkier and more reliant on suspense and mystery than trigger-happy American action shows, [Spooks] should please any fan of cloak-and-dagger antics. Ten main cast members are listed in the first series. As a result, the episodes were rewritten to take account of the events to assure the audience that the show is about fighting terrorism. [12] After four episodes were written, the September 11 attacks took place, resulting in three thousand deaths in the United States. This storyline was based on Mike Baker, whose wife did not know he was a spy for the first six months they were together. [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. Return to the Spooks (MI-5) Episode Guide main page. When the Saudi Embassy is stormed, Ros is caught up in the siege. While that frenetic pace makes for challenging viewing, it might prevent the show from reaching a broader audience." A former army officer who heads Section B. 6, Jenny Agutter (Tessa Phillips) As a result of the series, MI5's website saw a surge in a number of applications to the organisation by viewers. The series won the Best Drama Series category over Clocking Off, Cutting It and Teachers. However, the producers did not know how to fill in episode two, so the death was moved up. 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. 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. MI-5 is having a particularly busy day. A cynical veteran with more than 20 years' experience. [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. 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,[15] and the DG's (Director General of MI5) office. 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 Firth would "pepper" the dialogue with quotations from famous classical works, with moral and religious philosophies. 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. [4] The producers hired Brenton for his "radical" and "provocative" style. The bright, popular senior case officer of MI5's Section B team. [21], Throughout the writing, and also the filming stages of the series, the writers were advised by ex-MI5 officers who gave insight into how the characters operate and how their personal lives would be affected by it. [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. [18] While writing the series, the writer introduced a set of "MI5 terminology", terms used by the main characters in the series. She can be quite cold and you don't really know her," and the series sees "flashes of how she can be". Tom's girlfriend who he met when working undercover at her restaurant. Tom Quinn and his team of MI5 experts hunt an extremely dangerous pro-life terrorist. To maintain gun safety, two weapons experts were on hand to train the actors during rehearsal. "[17] Three directors were chosen, each working on two episodes; Nalluri directed the first two episodes, Rob Bailey directed the next two episodes, and Andy Wilson directed the last two episodes. Wolstencroft was influenced by American television to make the episodes pacier. Peter Firth (Harry Pearce) Created by David Wolstencroft. This became the basis for creating Jools Siviter. With Peter Firth, Hugh Simon, Nicola Walker, Rupert Penry-Jones. 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. The producers later successfully pitched the series to the BBC after the networks' commissioning teams were replaced. [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." [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. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. [58] Firth and Macfadyen were listed in the "Best Actor" category, being voted twenty-first, and fifth, respectively. Throughout production, the producers were advised by former intelligence officers from the Security Service, KGB and Central Intelligence Agency. 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 scenes leading up to Mary's apprehension in "Thou Shalt Not Kill" were filmed at Borough Market in Southwark. 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. Gareth Neame - Executive Producer 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. Series 1: Episode 3. [5] Keeley Hawes plays junior case officer Zoe Reynolds. It's the ultimate betrayal. 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." American shows tend to run for 20–25 episodes a season, and while developments occur, there are always the filler episodes. [1] American actress Megan Dodds appears in the first episode as CIA liaison Christine Dale. [38] With consolidated figures factored in, the first series was seen by an average of 7.49 million viewers. Spooks season 1 episode 6 Tense drama series about the different challenges faced by the British Security Service as they work against the clock to safeguard the nation. [14], In episode five, Tim Pigott-Smith plays Hampton Wilder, a character who was based on Richard Nixon and Jeffrey Archer. Hawes was attracted to the parallels between acting and spying. 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. [4] When including terrorists, the BBC often has the responsibility to portray people with as much balance as possible for both sides. 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. [60] Meanwhile, in the "Best Actress" category, Agutter and Hawes were voted twenty-sixth and second, respectively. [14] 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. Lisa Faulkner (Helen Flynn) Sue Gibson and Sean Bobbitt served as the directors of photography, with Mark Goddard and Francesco Reidy serving as first assistant directors. [35] The second episode dropped to 7.8 million, but was still the most seen series in the timeslot. The first episode features Rupert Penry-Jones as Adam Carter, who was drafted in from MI6 to help investigate Tom's disappearance. David Oyelowo (Danny Hunter) A workaholic who uses her people skills to good effect. Spooks Season 1 Episode 5: Episode 5 Summary: Disgraced MP Hampton Wilder has written memoirs with the power to destroy the government. [11] Sometime after filming concluded for the first series, the building was demolished. [27] The episodes include split screen sequences. [23] Several other locales around London were used as filming locations. With Rupert Penry-Jones, Peter Firth, Richard Armitage, Hermione Norris. [29][30][31] In the US, the first series aired in mid-2003 on A&E. A young trainee who deals with the section's admin but wants to be an agent. The style the director used was inspired by Bollywood films, as well as American television. [4] The producers created Maisie because they believed that children are often "the best spies of all". Watch Spooks - Season 5, Episode 1 - Episode 1: The government introduces draconian emergency measures in response to a series of terrorist attacks. A young but promising agent. 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. [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. MI5 welcomed the show's impact on the public, despite the officers' views that Spooks was "unrealistic and far-fetched", and could give viewers a false impression of how the organisation operates. Kudos wished to explore series ideas that saw beyond typical "precinct-based dramas" (crime and medical). [39] The renewal was officially announced by the BBC's Head of Drama Commissioning Jane Tranter in December 2002. Matthew MacFadyen (Tom Quinn) 5 "Episode 5" Alrick Riley: Richard McBrien: 27 November 2009 () (BBC Three) 4.39: Walker's death is suspected as suicide. Stephen Garrett - Executive Producer Gareth Neame - Executive Producer David Wolstencroft - Creator 6. [66] It was later released in Australia (Region 4) on 18 August 2003,[67] and in the United States (Region 1, where it is known as MI-5: Volume 1) on 13 January 2004. In the meantime, Wolstencroft, who wrote Psychos, was also developing a spy drama, albeit as a film. Wolstencroft pitched the story, and then each writer wrote 30 pages of dialogue. Alexander Siddig - Series 2, Episode 2; Series 3. He later takes over Tom's position as Section Chief after the latter jeopardised an important operation. Megan Dodds (Christine Dale) 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. Thou Shalt Not Kill. 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". Spooks follows the actions of Section D, a counter-terrorism division of the British Security Service (MI5). 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