MI-5: Season 8, Episode 6

Episode #8.6 (4 Dec. 2009)
"Spooks" Episode #8.6 (original title)

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MI-5 is desperate to find Ryan Baisley, a banker with Dewitts Bank who had agreed to provide MI-5 and CIA with a list of names and accounts from what the security services describe as the ... See full summary »

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MI-5 is desperate to find Ryan Baisley, a banker with Dewitts Bank who had agreed to provide MI-5 and CIA with a list of names and accounts from what the security services describe as the dirtiest bank in the world. They have Baisley in a safe house but a hit squad descends on the place killing everyone except Baisley who managed to escaped. Baisley may have also been trying to squeeze money out of the bank, leading to the hit. The Home Secretary advises Harry that it's absolutely necessary to get the information Baisley had promised within 24 hours - if the government isn't able to seize Dewitt's estimated £1.5 billion in assets, the UK will be unable to meet a major debt payment that comes due the next day. Soon however, it becomes apparent that the Home Secretary has been set up to be discredited. As MI-5 gets more information about the bank, they find a connection to the mysterious meeting in Basel, code named Nightingale, and Sarah Caulfield's connection to the group. Written by garykmcd

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Can MI-5 prevent economic meltdown,
11 December 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This week the financial crisis provides the backdrop to the adventure, this doesn't make it any less exciting though. A banker, played by Ewen Bremner, has stolen account information from his employers and both MI-5 and his employers want to get there hands on him; the former because of the information about billions of pounds belonging to various criminals and other dubious characters and the latter who just want him dead. When the episode opened he was in an MI-5 safe house being quizzed by Ros and Sarah the dodgy CIA agent, he doesn't stay there long though as soon after Ros and Sarah depart the house is hit by an armed group who kill his protectors... luckily for him he was sitting on the roof having a smoke and managed to escape.

What should have been an investigation into financial irregularities is made far more important when Harry is told that the UK has to pay off part of its national debt the next day and can't afford to pay, in order to cover a billion pound shortfall without alerting the world to the problem it is essential that they gain access to those bank accounts. What follows is a cat and mouse game between MI-5 and a hit squad that appears to contain members of both Russian and Israeli intelligence agencies.

As well as the great cast of regulars Ewen Bremner does a fine job as the banker on the run. The episode was pretty exciting with twists that I won't spoil here and its events will clearly have repercussions in future episodes.


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