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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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It's a fine line between safety and terror. See more »


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22 July 2003 (USA)  »

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(64 episodes)

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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


Danny Hunter: They're going to kill us.
Fiona Carter: At least we're together, Danny.
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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 »


Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 4 February 2011 (2011) See more »


Written by Jennie Muskett
Published by BBC Music/Bucks Music Ltd
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Intelligent work on intelligence work
31 December 2003 | by (Huntsville, Ala) – See all my reviews

I've seen these on A&E in America and from the first I was hooked. The pressure cooker atmosphere and the modern day dot-com look puts this show about "counter intelligence" on another level than today's so called spy shows.

It's not the eye-candy of Alias and frankly its better than the flat delivery of the now canned Agency or Threat Matrix (both of which strive to be too PC in their "diverseness").

The writing is very well layered. It pulls the viewer in, and there's enough original material that many times you can't "skip ahead" to the fourth act in your mind. Meaning, you haven't figured out the end by the second break.

MI-5, or Spooks, puts enough plot twists in for any true fan of the genre. Well worth the time and effort to watch. Too bad American network television can't produce a show of this caliber.

(11/17/05 comment) Also, I was so intrigued by the UK version of Spooks, that I got into downloading the shows via the Internet, and I have to say it's an even better experience. I wish A&E would run the entire episode and not a chopped up version. The editing has to do with advert breaks more than content. If you only see this on A&E then I would suggest downloading it or renting/buying the DVD sets.

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