After the police raid a house and find evidence that terrorists may be planning an attack in London with Sarin gas, Danny and Fiona Carter, who has now transferred to MI-5 from MI-6, follow up on a ...
A book on Spying, "Streetwise Spycraft", gives this advice on recruiting people: "If the subject threatens to go to the police, then you must consider killing the subject." See more »
Harry Ferguson, in his memoir "Kilo-17", describes the procedure for ditching someone who recognizes a Spy from School as telling them to go away. See more »
If you kill him now, it would be gratuitous, because you know I won't tell you either way.
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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 »
In Australia the shot in episode 2.10 when Tom drops the burning telex towards the camera was omitted. Similarly the pre-titles sequence in episode 2.5 was altered to change the colour of the text on the computer screen and a sound effect was added to blot out the security designation of one of the national security threats. See more »
I read all the hype in advance of this program being shown on ABC-TV in Australia, and thought: yeah, yeah, show me something different. Maybe it's not too different, but it does deliver. I was a bit bored inititally by the straight delivery of MI-5 characters, and how terribly seriously they take their jobs. Matthew MacFadyen is a fine choice for Tom Quinn - he's big and tall, straight-faced, and very, very serious. Keeley Hawes is also very well cast, and eminently believable.
However the last two episodes shown here - the one about the mock terrorist attack, and last night's episode about the visit of the American presidential `circus' were rivetting stuff. I found myself holding my breath for a lot longer than was healthy for me! I was fascinated by how the US presidential entourage insisted they take over MI-5 files for `security purposes'. A metaphor for the world at the moment?? The suspicion that George Bush Jnr was visiting London specifically for a secret meeting with Colonel Gadaffi to negotiate compensation for Locharbie losses was very pertinent, given that Libya came forth with compensation - in the `real' world - just this week.
I look forward to more episodes of this straighter-than-straight, larger-than-life, but very entertaining series. I don't think it's very realistic, but then, who watches TV to indulge in more reality?
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