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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lucy le Messurier ...
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Jack Hughes
Rustam Urazov
Bibi Saparova
Matthew Plowden
John Kazek ...
Gosguly Garadanow
Brian Protheroe ...


When an industrial accident put a liquid natural gas plant out of commission for six months, the UK must quickly arrange for an alternate source of supply or face an energy crisis that will cripple British industry and the economy, to say nothing of its citizens' quality of life. The government is reluctant to deal with the Russians who will inevitably attach other demands to any sale, let alone give them a good price. Their only choice is to deal with Tazbekistan, a country that has recently undergone a change of government through a coup and is known for its abuse of civil rights and the use of torture on its dissidents. MI-5 is tasked to gather whatever intelligence it can about their negotiators and to also ensure that they and the Russians not seek revenge on each other in something that is akin to a blood feud. In the midst of all this the CIA, in the form Lucas North's lover Sarah Caulfield, tell MI-5 the US doesn't want the UK to make a deal with the Tazbeks and seem to be ... Written by garykmcd

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When Sarah Caulfield is meeting with Lucas North in the park, her accent comes and goes several times. See more »


Lucas North: How do we set the honey trap and get him into a different hotel room?
Ros Myers: You heard what he said about the English rose. I think Jo just about falls into that category.
Jo Portman: Cheers, Ros.
Ros Myers: No worries.
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Problems with gas
13 November 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

After an exciting series opener one might expect things to quieten down a bit in the second episode, no such luck for the men and women of MI5 though as they are thrown from one crisis after another.

After an accident at a gas processing plant the UK is facing a major energy crisis which means either getting gas from the Russians, at a price or from Tazbekstan, a fictional central Asian nation with a dubious human rights record. The situation is made worse when it becomes apparent that the Tazbeks are planning to assassinate a leading opposition figure in London and expect authorities to turn a blind eye if they want a deal on gas before power cuts start to occur.

The story was gripping and acting top notch as one would expect from this series. We also get a new main character as Malcolm has been replaced it is too soon to say if the new character will be good, it is safe to say he will be very different to Malcolm though.

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