The producers agreed that adding credits would be a waste of time, and that the viewers would pay no attention to them. Wolstencroft pitched the story, and then each writer wrote 30 pages of dialogue. 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. When the Saudi Embassy is stormed, Ros is caught up in the siege. Ruth Evershed left after episode 5; the actor playing the part, Nicola Walker was expecting her first child. Lives beyond his means. After making a cameo appearance in the final episode of Spooks in 2011, ... Jenny was already a celebrated actor when she joined the cast of Spooks, ... (Series 1-5) BBC. Rory MacGregor (Colin Wells) 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. Stephen Garrett - Executive Producer Gareth Neame - Executive Producer David Wolstencroft - Creator 6. [61] Agutter, Faulkner and Hawes were also respectively voted the thirtieth, sixteenth and second "most fanciable females". You discover your partner has always been acting in some way, that he's always been at an emotional distance. [64] The closing scenes of the series finale were voted the second "Favourite Moment", behind the reveal of Nina Myers as a mole in 24. Meet the cast and learn more about the stars of of MI-5 with exclusive news, photos, videos and more at TVGuide.com Filming was usually done with long lens cameras, which proved difficult for the crew as many filming location were short on space. A little resentful of Zoe. With Peter Firth, Hugh Simon, Nicola Walker, Rupert Penry-Jones. [34] 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. She produces evidence that former Home Secretary Blake worked with Nightingale and ordered the bombing … [23] Rural scenes were filmed across the South East of England, including in areas in Surrey,[11][14] and outside Maidstone in Kent. A technical whiz-kid who is the youngest member of section B. Directed by Colm McCarthy. [23] By the time the crew filmed the series finale, hand-held cameras were mostly used. [15] In the finale, Irish actor Lorcan Cranitch plays Irish splinter group terrorist Patrick McCann. 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. Stephen Garrett decided on developing a spy drama after coming across John le Carré novels at a Waterstone's bookstore, and came to realise that MI5 or MI6 had not been featured as the setting for shows before. [6] David Oyelowo plays fellow junior case officer Danny Hunter. 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. A young but promising agent. [4], The first series of Spooks was produced by Kudos Film and Television for the BBC. Cranitch had previously appeared in several other dramas as Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) operators. The episodes were also repeated on the digital channel BBC Choice. Gareth Neame - Executive Producer 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. The Broadcasting Standards Commission stated the scene was shocking, but "in the context was acceptable and important for the later narrative". Out of the 10,000-plus applications per week to MI5's website, more than 2,500 people applied following the end of a Spooks episode, while before the episodes broadcast, only a handful of new applications were entered. While at the Turkish Embassy, Zoe is caught up in a siege by the Kurdish Liberation Army. [60] Meanwhile, in the "Best Actress" category, Agutter and Hawes were voted twenty-sixth and second, respectively. Spooks follows the actions of Section D, a counter-terrorism division of the British Security Service (MI5). Hugh Simon (Malcolm Wyn-Jones) "[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. [20], Esther Hall describing the Tom/Ellie relationship from Ellie's point of view. "[45], Matthew Millheiser of DVD Talk agreed. The style the director used was inspired by Bollywood films, as well as American television. A former army officer who heads Section B. Wolstencroft was influenced by American television to make the episodes pacier. Firth would "pepper" the dialogue with quotations from famous classical works, with moral and religious philosophies. Rory MacGregor (Colin Wells) [4] The actress described Zoe as "a feisty little number. [11] "One Last Dance" had scenes filmed in Roehampton and New Zealand House. [4] When including terrorists, the BBC often has the responsibility to portray people with as much balance as possible for both sides. A young trainee who deals with the section's admin but wants to be an agent. "[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. A former army officer who heads Section B. 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. It's the ultimate betrayal. 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. [13] Laurie based his performance on Barry Foster's portrayal of the head of MI6 in Sweeney!. Thou Shalt Not Kill. 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. The bright, popular senior case officer of MI5's Section B team. Lisa Faulkner portrays admin support officer Helen Flynn. With Peter Firth, Nicola Walker, Max Brown, Lara Pulver. He later takes over Tom's position as Section Chief after the latter jeopardised an important operation. The first episode features Rupert Penry-Jones as Adam Carter, who was drafted in from MI6 to help investigate Tom's disappearance. Has been recruited by Harry from MI6. Anthony Head - Traitor's Gate (1#4); Tim Pigott-Smith - (1#5); Series 2. 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). He also took inspirations from novels including le Carré's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. [52] The first series was also nominated for three Royal Television Society Awards, including Drama Series, although it lost out to Clocking Off. David Wolstencroft - Creator [16], The two main writers, Brenton and Wolstencroft, had different styles and influences in their scripts. [54], The first series was well received by fans. The producers were impressed enough by Dodds' performance that they wished to see her return in the second series. [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. However the Grid set, the offices of the protagonists, was filmed in a closed medical school in Kensington. The editors would work on two episodes simultaneously. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. Thomas Sudcliff of The Independent felt it was a "different kind of spy drama" with "a literal description, derived from the sort of rueful story you could imagine being told at an MI5 staff social", and "a lot of bullshit too, naturally. Spooks (known as MI-5 in certain countries) is a British spy drama television series, created … The cameras allowed for more intimate filming as opposed to shoulder-operated cameras. 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. With Rupert Penry-Jones, Peter Firth, Richard Armitage, Hermione Norris. [15][23] 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. [12] After four episodes were written, the September 11 attacks took place, resulting in three thousand deaths in the United States. During riots in advance of US President Bush's visit to London, the MI-5 team observe Peter Salter among the agitators. If someone's lied that much, how can there ever be any trust in your relationship again? Meanwhile, the head of an Irish splinter group, Patrick McCann (, This page was last edited on 9 January 2021, at 20:55. [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. [23] The sources also advised the producers how to tail targets without being spotted. Rupert Penry-Jones (Adam Carter) As a result of the series, MI5's website saw a surge in a number of applications to the organisation by viewers. SPOOKS (aka MI-5) 2002-Credits, Cast, Characters, Actors, Episode Orders. Tom Quinn and his team of MI5 experts hunt an extremely dangerous pro-life terrorist. Anton Lesser - Series 3, Episode 4; Andy Serkis - Series 3, Episode 8; Series 4. [20] Brenton and Wolstencroft collaborated to write "Lesser of Two Evils" due to timing constraints. [4] 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. Tom's girlfriend who he met when working undercover at her restaurant. [4] Creator David Wolstencroft found Tom to be the most fun, yet hardest character to write for due to him being the main character. In fact, the first season sees a lot of development. [10] Tessa's story was described by a BBC press release as being about "the dangers of corruption from within". 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. Hawes was attracted to the parallels between acting and spying. David Oyelowo (Danny Hunter) 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. Harry Pierce's Russian counterpart, Arkady Katchimov hints however that they will soon have another agent in custody leading … American shows tend to run for 20–25 episodes a season, and while developments occur, there are always the filler episodes. The series began broadcasting on 13 May 2002 on BBC One during the 9 to 10 pm timeslot, and continued on every Monday night until 17 June 2002, with the exception of the fourth episode, which was viewed on Tuesday 4 June starting at 10 pm, due to an overrun of the coverage of Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee. [17] However, the series instead broadcast on Mondays. Watch Spooks - Season 1, Episode 1 - Episode 1: An abortion doctor and her daughter are killed by a bomb placed by Mary Kane, an American "pro-life" terrorist. A young but promising agent. While that frenetic pace makes for challenging viewing, it might prevent the show from reaching a broader audience." [4], Kudos began to develop the show after producing the Channel 4 medical drama series Psychos in 1999. 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. In episode six, Zoe is taken to court for misconduct during an operation and i… [4] Meanwhile, also in episode four, Anthony Head, best known for his work on Buffy the Vampire Slayer at the time, played Peter Salter. 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. 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