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Episode uncredited cast:
Robert Bowman ...
IT Project Manager (uncredited)
Carlo Franceschini (uncredited)
Marsha Leanne Crosby ...
Daniella (uncredited)
Jason Sweeney (uncredited)
Gordon Blaney (uncredited)
Carlie Falco ...
Chloe (uncredited)
Harry Pearce (uncredited)
School Teacher (uncredited)
Bryony Ellis (uncredited)
William Gaminara ...
Victor Gleeson (uncredited)
Zoe Reynolds (uncredited)
John Hopkins ...
Anton (uncredited)
Vicki Westbrook (uncredited)
Sam Buxton (uncredited)
Tom Quinn (uncredited)


Repeated attacks on MI5's computer system threaten the theft of virtually all classified information. Danny is undercover as a journalist for an socialist paper linked to an anarchist group while Zoe takes a turn as a middle school teacher to get close to another instructor who may be spearheading the computer attacks. Moreso than other episodes, though, everything is not as it seems as a long-dead agent and a potential nuclear device at the school play into a web of deceit and confusion that nearly costs MI5 all their secrets. Written by Anonymous

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16 June 2003 (UK)  »

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During a hacking attempt there's a red box with an "access denied" message. There's a spelling mistake within the warning. See more »


Harry Pearce: You see you always knew where you were with a public school traitor. Just look for the pipe-smoking sixteen year old sodomite with a copy of E.M. Forster under his arm.
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Thought-provoking episode
25 September 2012 | by (San Francisco, CA) – See all my reviews

Many of the Spooks early entries, as well as some of the fourth and sixth series' episodes, provided interesting and sympathetic characterizations of the intelligent but often-misguided types who were targeted by terrorist groups. The danger is that there has sprouted an epidemic, social-profiling shoot among the masses, the which preys upon these kinds of TV-fueled side-linings of anything that smells of independent thought. God forbid. Well, what is refreshing about this episode of Spooks is the script's well-balanced portrayal of an old-school Socialist as portrayed by Christopher Fairbank. The off-handed manner in which Tom and Zoe discuss his fate at the end is frightening and reveals the ugly side of the roles their characters play, which provides a realistic and thought-provoking edge to this episode. Zoe makes a comment about Fairbank's character which makes the viewer consider him as truly admirable to the extent that he has an obvious love for teaching, whereas he is not blameless for his involvement with a group which might be up to more than he is aware of. However, it is this kind of person that would make Tom consider something along these lines later on, i.e. that MI-5 sometimes leaves questionable casualties in its wake. Thank you early script-writers for presenting these juicy ethical dilemmas, they are memorable.

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