Spooks

9:00pm Sunday 18 September on BBC ONE

The acclaimed spy drama returns for a final series which finds the team still reeling after the shock of Lucas North’s betrayal and Harry Pearce (Peter Firth) on gardening leave, making way for a new acting leader Erin Watts, played by Lara Pulver, aided by Calum Reed (Geoffrey Streatfeild)

As the award-winning spy drama Spooks enters its tenth series, producers Kudos Film & Television reveal that after a decade on screen, the show will bow out at the end of its next run on BBC One this autumn.

Hailed as a benchmark for British drama, and consistently averaging an audience of over six million, Spooks has been a firm favourite with BBC One viewers since 2002. The ground-breaking series has remained topical and timely, often staying one step ahead of the news agenda and exploring some of the major security stories of the day. It has been famous for killing off its much-loved characters in their prime, and now the series itself is going to be killed off at the top of its game.

Jane Featherstone, Chief Executive, Kudos Film & Television, and the show’s executive producer, said: “We have always wanted to end Spooks on a high, but never knew when that time would be. Harry Pearce, played by the wonderful Peter Firth, has always been at the heart of the show and this series focuses on Harry’s past, bringing his tumultuous relationship with Ruth to a head. As we near completion of this year’s show, I’m sorry to say but it feels this series is a fitting end to a much-loved show. It’s very tempting to keep going, and we have had on-going conversations with our partners at the BBC about it, but the heart of the show has become those two characters and I feel they own it. We’ve followed the arc of their personal story and I think they’ve brought us to a natural end, which you will all see played out later this year.

“It’s hard to believe that as Spooks enters its tenth series, the world prepares to face the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 atrocities. It feels like now is the time for Spooks to bow out and make way for new spy dramas which reflect the changing world around us. I must add my huge thanks to the truly exceptional writers, actors, producers and crew who have made the show what it has been for the past ten years, and above all my thanks go to all the fans who have supported us over the years. I really hope they love this final surprise-packed outing.”

Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning, said: “Kudos created a groundbreaking series in Spooks ten years ago that challenged convention with its topical, fast paced, contemporary style. It quickly became a hit with audiences and established itself as a key part of the BBC One schedule and redefined drama on the channel for a new generation. On behalf of the BBC, I would like to thank all those involved in the making of the show over the last decade both on and off screen, and hope fans will tune in this September to see what promises to be a fittingly high octane thrilling finale.”

Throughout its decade on screen, Spooks has never shied away from taking risks, continuously reinventing itself and making stars of its leading actors, including Matthew Macfadyen, Keeley Hawes, Rupert Penry-Jones, Richard Armitage and Hermione Norris. Over the years the show has also attracted a number of stellar guest actors, with star turns from Robert Glenister, Hugh Laurie, Lindsey Duncan, Iain Glen, Sophie Okonedo, Benedict Cumberbatch and Tim Piggott-Smith to name a few.

From Helen Flynn’s “death by deep-fat fryer” in Series 1, through to Adam Carter driving the car bomb away from the poppy-day parade, and Connie James’ unmasking as a double-agent in Series 7, the BAFTA award-winning series (originally created by David Wolstencroft and directed by Bharat Nalluri – who returns to direct the final two episodes) has provided some of the most explosive and iconic TV moments of the past decade.

The new series, on screen later this year, sees Harry confront a secret from his past which threatens to destroy him and the woman he loves, Ruth Evershed (Nicola Walker).

Section D has also been left reeling from Lucas North’s betrayal and new leader Erin Watts, played by Lara Pulver (True Blood, Robin Hood), is ambitious, hungry and determined to make her mark. She is joined on the Grid by Dimitri (Max Brown), Tariq (Shazad Latif) and Ruth, with new IT supremo Calum Reed, played by Geoffrey Streatfeild.

Series 10 of the high-octane drama also welcomes Alice Krige (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Deadwood) and acting stalwart Jonathan Hyde (Titanic, Jumanji, The Mummy) to the cast. In addition, Simon Russell Beale (Much Ado About Nothing, An Ideal Husband) reprises his role as the Home Secretary.

Executive producers are Jane Featherstone, Simon Crawford Collins and Howard Burch. The writers are Sam Vincent, Jonathan Brackley, Sean Cook and Anthony Neilson. The directors are Alrick Riley, Julian Holmes and Bharat Nalluri. The producer is Chris Fry.

9.00pm Monday 20 September on BBC ONE

MI5’s Section D must foil a terrorist attack on the Houses of Parliament, as the tense spy drama returns for its ninth series

Award-winning drama Spooks is back in production, for a fantastic, high octane eighth series and is set to return to BBC One this autumn.

Following the dramatic climax of series seven, viewers will be on the edge of their seats, eagerly waiting to find out which of the country’s finest spies will return to their screens in the Kudos Film and Television production.

The critically-acclaimed last series saw the appointment of ice cold Ros Myers (Hermione Norris) to Head of Section D and the release of Lucas North (Richard Armitage) after eight years in a Russian prison.

Harry Pearce’s (Peter Firth) elite team of spies were forced to quickly adapt to their new dynamic following the death of Adam Carter, but there was no time to mourn their colleague as the Russians descended on London and a mole within Section D was discovered.

In the explosive finale of the series, old school spy Connie James was exposed as the Russian’s insider and, in a race to save London from a nuclear explosion, she paid the ultimate price for betrayal, sacrificing herself to save Ros and Lucas.

Although London was saved from disaster, it’s not over for Section D as Harry is missing in action following a meet with the Russian intelligence services, the FSB, and was last seen being bundled into the boot of a car…

Chris Fry, Producer, said: “I’m really relishing the challenge of maintaining Spooks’ reputation for gripping, fast-paced drama which keeps viewers guessing and glued to their seats.”

Simon Crawford Collins, Executive Producer, Kudos Film and Television, continued: “Series seven was such a huge success, it managed to really capture the imagination of fans and critics alike, so this series we’re pushing ourselves even harder to stay ahead of the news agenda and keep viewers hooked. We have plenty of twists and turns up our sleeves and can’t wait to see the response from fans.”

Kate Evans, BBC Executive Producer, said: “After being widely acclaimed last year we’re delighted Spooks is back with what promises to be an equally explosive new series. Spooks attracts a loyal audience who relish the show’s trademark ability to excite and surprise whilst tackling issues at the forefront of the current news agenda.”

Spooks is a Kudos Film and Television production for BBC One. It is produced by Chris Fry and executive produced by Simon Crawford Collins, Andrew Woodhead and Karen Wilson for Kudos Film and Television and Kate Evans for the BBC.

The series is written by Ben Richards, Zinnie Harris, Christian Spurrier, David Farr, Jack Lothian, James Dormer and Dennis Kelly, and directed by Alrick Riley, Sam Miller and Edward Hall.

The 8 x 60-minute series is due for broadcast on BBC One in Autumn 2009.

Season 6

Hit spy drama Spooks explodes back onto BBC One this autumn as sensational 10-part serial

The UK’s favourite spies go global as the complex relationship between the UK, Iran and the US is put under the spotlight … but who can really be trusted under this new world order?

Award-winning spy drama Spooks returns to BBC One this autumn in an exciting new format.

Over the course of 10 hour-long episodes, Adam, Harry and the team are immersed in their most intricate operation to date.

Audiences can expect an exhilarating, high-octane journey with an abundance of dramatic twists and turns as the distinction between friend and foe becomes ever more blurred.

Rupert Penry-Jones, Hermione Norris and Peter Firth return as officers Adam, Ros and Harry of Section D, MI5.

Raza Jaffrey, Miranda Raison and Hugh Simon also reprise their roles as Zaf, Jo and Malcolm, and welcome new arrival Connie played by Gemma Jones.

In the drama, Iran’s covert scheme to become a nuclear power leads to growing mistrust between the British, American and Iranian governments, who all nurse their own agendas to help or hinder the Middle Eastern state in its efforts.

The volatile climate culminates in a series of high risk operations both at home and abroad.

The opening episode sees Zaf, undercover in Tehran, attempt to place a bomb on a civilian train in an effort to flush out a key Iranian spy, an act which could have dangerous ramifications not only for Zaf but for the whole team…

Meanwhile, the electric atmosphere between Adam and Ros comes to a head, but things are complicated further by Adam’s dangerous ongoing affair with a key asset inside the Iranian embassy.

Ros, whose loyalty has come under scrutiny in the past, once again finds herself questioning her ability to carry out the demands of a government she does not necessarily support.

Harry gains a new friend on the Grid when he recruits old MI5 colleague Connie (Gemma Jones) as desk officer – clever and with plenty of old school tricks up her sleeve, she might just be able to fill the void left by Ruth’s departure.

Guest appearances include Matthew Marsh (The Commander) as CIA Agent Bob Hogan and Robert Glenister (Hustle), who resumes his role as Home Secretary.

Series six also see the return of Anna Chancellor (Suburban Shootout, Tipping The Velvet) as Juliet Shaw, former National Security Coordinator.

Katie Swinden, Producer of Spooks, says: “For the first time ever, we’ve chosen to explore one theme throughout the series, and one which is an ongoing concern in today’s world affairs agenda.

“The relationship between Britain, Iran and the US is such a delicate and topical issue that it opens up a wealth of new storyline possibilities to us.

“Audiences will be able to follow Adam, Harry, Ros and the team as they take on their most challenging operation to date, and will get to see them in a whole new range of dangerous and exciting situations.”

Sarah Brandist, Executive Producer for the BBC, says: “Spooks, one of the autumn highlights for both BBC Drama and BBC One and this year, takes on a more global feel by telling bigger, bolder stories across a wider landscape.

“BBC One viewers, who are already eagerly awaiting the gang’s return, will be treated to an explosive opening two-parter and, from then on, the action flows from beginning to end. Spooks has returned in style.”

Having achieved phenomenal critical acclaim and continually high ratings, Spooks was awarded the BAFTA for Best Drama in 2002.

It has since won numerous other industry awards and been nominated for many more, including nominations for Best Drama at BAFTA in 2005 and 2006, and at the National Television Awards in 2006.

The 10 new episodes of Spooks are written by Neil Cross, Rupert Walters, David Farr, Zinnie Harris, George Tiffin and Ben Richards.

The series is produced by Katie Swinden and executive produced by Jane Featherstoneand Simon Crawford Collins for Kudos Film and Television.

The series was created by David Wolstencroft.

Spooks is executive produced by Sarah Brandist for the BBC and was re-commissioned by Jane Tranter, Controller, BBC Fiction.

Spooks will air on BBC One in Autumn 2007.

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