Spooks (2002–2011)
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Episode #5.8 

Harry Pearce is less than pleased when he learns that MI-5 video surveillance of a suspected terrorist, Khalid Mansour, has been ruled inadmissible and that Mansour will be set free. On the... See full summary »


Julian Simpson


Julian Simpson, David Wolstencroft (creator)

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Episode credited cast:
Matthew Blackmore Matthew Blackmore ... Poe
James Dicker James Dicker ... Wesley Carter
Shaun Dingwall ... Steven Paynton
Peter Firth ... Harry Pearce
Rogan Grant Rogan Grant ... Homeless Militant
Raza Jaffrey ... Zafar Younis
Lennie James ... David Newman
Gugu Mbatha-Raw ... Jenny
Hermione Norris ... Ros Myers
Rupert Penry-Jones ... Adam Carter
Miranda Raison ... Jo Portman
Hassani Shapi Hassani Shapi ... Khalid Mansoor
Hugh Simon Hugh Simon ... Malcolm Wynn-Jones
Pip Torrens ... Charles Lee
Sam Woodward Sam Woodward ... Daniel Ellis


Harry Pearce is less than pleased when he learns that MI-5 video surveillance of a suspected terrorist, Khalid Mansour, has been ruled inadmissible and that Mansour will be set free. On the steps of the courthouse moments after being released however, Mansour is shot and killed with the assassin, Daniel Ellis, promptly committing suicide. After a second suicide attack claims the life of a radical Muslim cleric, an anti-Islamic organization known as the Sons of Phineas claim responsibility. Though they have no information on the organization, MI-5 focuses on Steven Paynton, who runs a homeless shelter where both men lived before their attacks. They set up a sting to try and get Paynton to give them information on others he may have recruited to his cause. With racial tensions rising across Britain, Adam goes undercover to rope him in but when his young son disappears, he fears his job may cost him what is left of his family. Written by garykmcd

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23 October 2006 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


At the 49 minute mark, Harry Pearce calls Zaf on an internal telephone and the view cuts to Harry's view out of his office window across the grid to where Zaf is. In the foreground, slightly out of focus can be seen Ruth Evershed at her desk despite the fact the character left the series three episodes earlier. See more »


Ros Myers: Religion. The opium of the masses.
Zafar Younis: Really? I thought that was football.
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Brilliantly Written
22 January 2012 | by gracelingSee all my reviews

Sad to see Adam break down, but everything's so realistic... it's indeed one of the lovely qualities of the character & the show. The relationship between Jenny & Adam developed fairly naturally & was handled pretty well, in my opinion, even though i wish they hadn't slept together:) The church scenes were beautifully shot too, esp. those monologues, reminding me of a meticulously crafted stage play. It might not be a popular episode, but the brilliance of the writer(s) just shines thru actors' excellent performance. I agree with many other comments that the tone of the show is kinda dark & remorseful, with main characters "disappearing" one after another, but isn't this life depicted in its extreme format - people come, people go - we're just resources of a cause & everyone's to be filled eventually? Am still in the middle of Season 5... can't wait to pop in the next DVD!

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