The missions of MI-5, the UK's domestic intelligence organization.
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Peter Firth ...  Harry Pearce 86 episodes, 2002-2011
Hugh Simon Hugh Simon ...  Malcolm Wynn-Jones 65 episodes, 2002-2010
Nicola Walker ...  Ruth Evershed 57 episodes, 2003-2011
Rupert Penry-Jones ...  Adam Carter 41 episodes, 2004-2008
Miranda Raison ...  Jo Portman 37 episodes, 2005-2009
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The missions of MI-5, the UK's domestic intelligence organization.

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UK

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English

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22 July 2003 (USA) See more »

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MI-5 See more »

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(64 episodes)

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1.78 : 1
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For much of the first series Matthew Macfadyen's character (Tom Quinn) wears dark glasses, this was actually due to a burst blood vessel sometimes just visible. See more »

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Harry Ferguson, in his memoir "Kilo-17", describes the procedure for ditching someone who recognizes a Spy from School as telling them to go away. See more »

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Ruth Evershed: [EMP pulse stopped the missiles] The Hospital Generators kicked in, I shouldn't think more than 200 died.
Harry Pearce: Is it just about the numbers?
Ruth Evershed: I think sometimes it is.
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The show does not have any end credits, ending each episode with a trailer for the next episode and only showing a BBC production information screen. It does not list any cast/crew. Just the caption "A Kudos Production". See more »

Alternate Versions

The show runs for 60 minutes, and in the UK airs on channel BBC1 which shows programs without commercials. The show has been re-named MI-5 for American broadcasts on the A&E network, and each episode is edited down to approx 44 minutes to include commercials in a 60 minute time slot. See more »

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Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 12 August 2011 (2011) See more »

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Spooks
Written by Jennie Muskett
Published by BBC Music/Bucks Music Ltd
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More detailed review of Spooks
13 September 2003 | by stevewillisSee all my reviews

Having only just registered, this review is rather late for the U.K viewers.

"Spooks" or `MI-5' in U.S listings is one of the best British drama series produced in a long time.

Whilst the plots may seem a little far fetched (sometimes!), I feel that the series puts a new spin onto the role of spies within today's society whilst maintaining a sense of the unbelievable demonstrated throughout James Bonds illustrious career, at the end of the day these characters are normal, flawed people who go home at night drink themselves into a stupor, and rarely get the warm satisfaction that goes hand in hand with 007 and his many girls.

So we have established that the portrayal of the characters is true to life.

The plots however are very Bond esque without most of the worldly travelling or white-cat stroking arch villains. These are gritty, real world narratives that could all feasibly be in the process of happening, pro-life activists, racism, the I.R.A, political slander and all this sprinkled with the inter/intra departmental politics that must surely exist within these offices and are blatantly obvious between MI-5 and MI-6, as well as a healthy dose of CIA - MI-5 competition.

Back to the characters or rather the actors.

Matthew MacFadyen's portrayal of Tom and his acting in general is top draw; he is a highly under-rated actor who would appear to have a bright future and deserves it much more than some of the current Hollywood 'thespians' who are nothing more than pretty faces.

Keeley Hawes is outstanding as the tough yet fragile (keenly highlighted in the episode 1.2) dominant femme Zoe. An outstanding character played with depth by an equally outstanding actress.

David Oyelowo puts in consistently solid performances as Danny the newer member of Tom's '5' team. Played with guile and grit, I feel series 3 will really give Danny more time and space to flourish into the high profile character that series 2 shows he has the potential to be.

Jenny Agutter and Peter Firth are both established actors having appear in films such as 'American Werewolf in London, and 'The Hunt for Red October/Pearl Harbour' respectively. They deliver everything we expect from the true thespian pedigree that they both have.

There is also a refreshing appearance of Anthony Stewart Head playing a dissident MI-5 agent. His performance shows that he is not just Giles in Buffy.

In short this series is a well worth watching, it has thrills, twists and a more natural approach to spying whilst maintaining the myth and romance surrounding the secret services.

99 Lives.


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