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

TV Series  |   |  Drama, Thriller
8.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.3/10 from 10,900 users  
Reviews: 91 user | 19 critic

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

0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

Free at IMDb

WATCH NOW
ON DISC

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 30 titles
created 27 Mar 2011
 
a list of 25 titles
created 05 Mar 2012
 
a list of 35 titles
created 12 Aug 2012
 
a list of 24 titles
created 09 Nov 2012
 
a list of 37 titles
created 30 May 2014
 

Related Items

Search for "MI-5" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: MI-5 (2002– )

MI-5 (2002– ) on IMDb 8.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of MI-5.

User Polls

Episodes

Seasons


Years



10   9   8   7   6   5   4   3   2   1  
2011   2010   2009   2008   2007   2006   … See all »
9 wins & 38 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Spooks: Code 9 (TV Series 2008)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Set in 2013 Britain, following a devastating terror attack on London, this drama from the makers of Spooks follows the lives of young MI5 officers fighting to return Britain to normality. ... See full summary »

Stars: Andrew Knott, Heshima Thompson, Liam Boyle
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

When a terrorist escapes custody during a routine handover, Will Holloway must team with disgraced MI5 Intelligence Chief Harry Pearce to track him down before an imminent terrorist attack on London.

Director: Bharat Nalluri
Stars: Kit Harington, Tuppence Middleton, Jennifer Ehle
Whitechapel (TV Series 2009)
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A fast-tracked inspector, a hardened detective sergeant, and an expert in historical homicides investigate modern crimes with connections to the past in the Whitechapel district of London.

Stars: Rupert Penry-Jones, Philip Davis, Steve Pemberton
Wire in the Blood (TV Series 2002)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

A psychologist gets inside of the minds of both killers and victims to aid the police in solving gruesome serial killings in Northern England.

Stars: Robson Green, Mark Letheren, Emma Handy
Ripper Street (TV Series 2012)
Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

The streets of London's East End are awash with blood. But this is not the 19th Century; this is not Jack the Ripper - this is a copycat killer and once again the police remain clueless.

Stars: Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn, Adam Rothenberg
Wallander (TV Series 2008)
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A TV program centered on a soul-searching Swedish cop.

Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Sarah Smart, Richard McCabe
Life on Mars (2006–2007)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

After being involved in a car accident in 2006, DCI Sam Tyler wakes up to find himself in 1973, the era of 'Sweeney' type policing, Mark III Cortinas, and flared trousers.

Stars: John Simm, Philip Glenister, Liz White
Midsomer Murders (TV Series 1997)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A veteran DCI and his young sergeant investigate murders around the regional community of Midsomer County.

Stars: John Nettles, Jane Wymark, Barry Jackson
Inspector Morse (1987–2000)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Inspector Morse has an ear for music, a taste for beer and a nose for crime. He sets out with Sergeant Lewis to solve each intriguing case.

Stars: John Thaw, Kevin Whately, James Grout
Silk (TV Series 2011)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A six-part series about life at the Bar, the dilemmas and problems that modern day barristers have to face, and what it means to become a silk.

Stars: Maxine Peake, Rupert Penry-Jones, Neil Stuke
Spooks (2011)
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

A geeky pizza boy who always dreamed of being a spy, recruits his loser friends to help him prove that a local dry cleaner is a front for espionage.

Director: Michael Keller
Stars: Jason Castle, Nina Harada, Michael Keller
Action

A top secret organization must protect the world from being taken over by vampires, werewolves, witches and zombies.

Edit

Cast

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)
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

22 July 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

MI-5  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(64 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The scene in episode 1 ("Thou Shalt Not Kill") where the cat escapes from the house was based on a real MI5 training exercise, as was the scene in series 2 episode 1 ("Legitimate Targets") where an old school friend almost identified Zoe whilst she was on an op. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Danny Hunter: Earl Grey tea bags.
Zoe Reynolds: What?
Danny Hunter: You didn't get any.
Zoe Reynolds: Why would I get *you* Earl Grey tea bags?
Danny Hunter: I like them.
Zoe Reynolds: Look, we have a flat share, okay? We are not married!
Danny Hunter: Is Earl Grey tea bags married?
Zoe Reynolds: Oh, yes!
See more »

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Spooks
Written by Jennie Muskett
Published by BBC Music/Bucks Music Ltd
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

More detailed review of Spooks
13 September 2003 | by See 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.


47 of 54 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Top 5 characters zeks1992
In defense of the Lucas North storyline Dunnii
THE NAAME IS MYERS ROS MYERS mroshimaida
Very sad to see such vehement anti-Americanism 45acp
Why is this called 'MI-5' on this site? Setanta747
Why did the series take a serious dive after season 8 ? harrypearce
Discuss MI-5 (2002) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page