Spooks (2002–2011)
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Episode #1.2 

Racial tensions in Britain continue to rise and the team pieces together an organized attempt to stir up problems for political gain. Tom and Helen go undercover to get close to the ... See full summary »


Bharat Nalluri (uncredited)


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Episode uncredited cast:
Jenny Agutter ... Tessa Phillips (uncredited)
Shane Attwooll ... Brian Lyndon (uncredited)
Heather Cave Heather Cave ... Maisie Simm (uncredited)
Daniel Chenery Daniel Chenery ... Sammy Osborne (uncredited)
Lisa Faulkner ... Helen Flynn (uncredited)
Peter Firth ... Harry Pearce (uncredited)
Tom Goodman-Hill ... Nick Thomas (uncredited)
Esther Hall Esther Hall ... Ellie Simm (uncredited)
Rod Hallett ... Andrew Dorland (uncredited)
Keeley Hawes ... Zoe Reynolds (uncredited)
Jasper Jacob Jasper Jacob ... Bill Watson (uncredited)
Tonya Kerins Tonya Kerins ... Runner (uncredited)
Dominic Kinnaird ... Burglar One (uncredited)
Jonathan Lomas Jonathan Lomas ... Burglar Two (uncredited)
Matthew Macfadyen ... Tom Quinn (uncredited)


Racial tensions in Britain continue to rise and the team pieces together an organized attempt to stir up problems for political gain. Tom and Helen go undercover to get close to the well-protected head of the conspirators. But as time runs short, personal loyalties will leave one team member dead. Written by Anonymous

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20 May 2002 (UK) See more »

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Did You Know?


In the first series the interior of Thames house was filmed in a college in Kensington, the night shots of the beach shown in Episode 2 ("Looking After Our Own") were actually filmed on the cobbled courtyard outside the university. See more »


When Danny Hunter is trying to buy a "stag deer plate" online, the address is C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\etc.html which is the location of a file on the computer and not a web address. See more »


Tom Quinn: I'll need a wife, of course.
Harry Pearce: Shouldn't have thought that too difficult. A dishy catch like you.
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Episode 1.2
22 April 2019 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Shown after the race riots that affected some northern towns in the summer of 2001.

Spooks tackle right wing white supremacists nowadays rebranded as the alt right and gained respectability with some politicians.

Harry Pearce wants to investigate Robert Osborne. Outwardly a respectable businessman but a man with neo nazi connections. He has the friendly ear of an independent MP who likes to inflame racial tensions especially after the events of 9/11.

With Zoe assigned to investigate the drowning of some illegal migrants. Tom Quinn teams up with the novice Helen Flynn as they go undercover as a married couple and try to befriend Robert Osborne's abused wife.

This episode was controversial because of the manner of death regarding one character. Ironically that person now presents cookery shows.

The episode also cleverly merges its two separate story lines as the right wing groups are involved in people smuggling so they can place immigration high in the political agenda.

I said in the review of the first episode that Spooks always came across as the spiritual successor of The Professionals. Whereas The Professionals always skirted as being right wing in my opinion and very much at home with Mrs Thatcher's Conservative government that came into power in 1979.

Spooks seemed to be closely allied with New Labour. We get a first glimpse of a Labour apparatchik who wants to make a positive spin of the events of the second episode.

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