MI-5 (2002–2011)
"Spooks" (original title)

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The missions of MI-5, the UK's domestic intelligence organization.

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Series cast summary:
 Harry Pearce (86 episodes, 2002-2011)
Hugh Simon ...
 Malcolm Wynn-Jones (65 episodes, 2002-2010)
 Ruth Evershed (57 episodes, 2003-2011)
 Adam Carter (41 episodes, 2004-2008)
 Jo Portman (37 episodes, 2005-2009)


The missions of MI-5, the UK's domestic intelligence organization.

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They search for the truth. Their lives are a lie. See more »


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(64 episodes)

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None of the episodes had any on-screen credits when first broadcast. That's why everyone is (or should be) listed as (uncredited). See more »


At numerous times throughout series 1 notably in "One Last Dance" and "Traitor's Gate" close-ups of intelligence files show that all the information is the same and all relates to Mary Kane's terminated pregnancy from episode 1 "Thou Shalt Not Kill". See more »


Home Secretary: You know, back in my days as a student radical, our dreams were all about the glorious proletariat.
Harry Pearce: We've still got those dreams on file somewhere.
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Crazy Credits

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 »


Spin-off Spooks: Code 9 (2008) See more »


Written by Jennie Muskett
Published by BBC Music/Bucks Music Ltd
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`Spooks' delivers....
15 August 2003 | by (Adelaide, Australia) – See all my reviews

I read all the hype in advance of this program being shown on ABC-TV in Australia, and thought: yeah, yeah, show me something different. Maybe it's not too different, but it does deliver. I was a bit bored inititally by the straight delivery of MI-5 characters, and how terribly seriously they take their jobs. Matthew MacFadyen is a fine choice for Tom Quinn - he's big and tall, straight-faced, and very, very serious. Keeley Hawes is also very well cast, and eminently believable.

However the last two episodes shown here - the one about the mock terrorist attack, and last night's episode about the visit of the American presidential `circus' were rivetting stuff. I found myself holding my breath for a lot longer than was healthy for me! I was fascinated by how the US presidential entourage insisted they take over MI-5 files for `security purposes'. A metaphor for the world at the moment?? The suspicion that George Bush Jnr was visiting London specifically for a secret meeting with Colonel Gadaffi to negotiate compensation for Locharbie losses was very pertinent, given that Libya came forth with compensation - in the `real' world - just this week.

I look forward to more episodes of this straighter-than-straight, larger-than-life, but very entertaining series. I don't think it's very realistic, but then, who watches TV to indulge in more reality?

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