A lot goes on in each episode, and it's detrimental for a show like this to keep the action and tension going as fast as possible." Wolstencroft wrote the first two episodes and finale of series one. As a result, the episodes were rewritten to take account of the events to assure the audience that the show is about fighting terrorism. With Jenny Agutter, Shane Attwooll, Heather Cave, Daniel Chenery. The casting director for the first series was Gail Stevens. [60] Meanwhile, in the "Best Actress" category, Agutter and Hawes were voted twenty-sixth and second, respectively. However the Grid set, the offices of the protagonists, was filmed in a closed medical school in Kensington. In the meantime, Wolstencroft, who wrote Psychos, was also developing a spy drama, albeit as a film. [48][49] Following the complaints, the BBC admitted that the scene "clearly disturbed" several viewers, but defended it as it was showing the audience "the kind of threat which might be faced by agents engaged in the fight against terrorism." The box set includes an array of special features. Harry Pearce finds himself in front of a tribunal over his willingness to trade the Albany file to save Ruth Evershed but he is temporarily reinstated at the request of the Home Secretary. [17] However, the series instead broadcast on Mondays. Contains some strong language. "[17] Three directors were chosen, each working on two episodes; Nalluri directed the first two episodes, Rob Bailey directed the next two episodes, and Andy Wilson directed the last two episodes. ", "This new series looks like it's going to be great fun, but it's presumably not meant to be taken too seriously, because surely life in MI5 can't be this exciting? Crime, Episode 6 6 / 6 Harry is handed over to the CIA, ready for deportation to the US. Tom recruits MI5 secretary, Helen, to … When Kudos contacted him, they agreed they should work together to create a television series based on his idea, which was not to glamourise the world of spies, instead showing the audience that spies work in a "shitty job". [16], The two main writers, Brenton and Wolstencroft, had different styles and influences in their scripts. Tim Pigott-Smith - (1#5) Series 2. [7] Macfadyen, Hawes and Oyelowo were initially wary of playing the lead characters even though the actors were in their mid-twenties, but eventually felt that they earned the right to be in the series. The same episode made use of Covent Garden. Watch Spooks season 1 episode 1 online. Series 1: Episode 5. Thrillers, There are also deleted scenes, image galleries, an explained list of MI5 terms, series credits (Spooks is a programme that does not include credits in its episodes), and scripts of the episodes, the latter of which are found on DVD-ROM. [61] Agutter, Faulkner and Hawes were also respectively voted the thirtieth, sixteenth and second "most fanciable females". Filming took place from November 2001 to March 2002. Those storylines were intended by Brenton and Wolstencroft to show the audience that the MI5 officers are tempted by money. Series 1 Series 2 Series 3 Series 4 Series 5 Series 6 Series 7 Series 8 Series 9 Series 10 [28], Before broadcasting began, the BBC considered airing the show on a Saturday night timeslot as its research found that any potential viewers were less likely to watch television on Saturdays than most other nights of the week; the BBC hoped that Spooks would boost its timeslot. Esther Hall plays Tom's girlfriend and restaurant owner Ellie Simm, while Heather Cave plays her eight-year-old daughter, Maisie. [65], The series was first released on DVD in the United Kingdom (Region 2) on 16 June 2003. The executive producers of the first series were Kudos director Stephen Garrett and Head of Independent Drama Commissioning for the BBC, Gareth Neame. © 2021 TV.COM, A RED VENTURES COMPANY. [11] Similarly, the second episode went through four rewrites. [12][14] A principle story arc is Tom dealing with the complexities of his relationship with Ellie, who at first does not know he is a spy. Joe Joseph of The Times stated that it "bears a closer resemblance [to] 24," which "shaded the pleasure of this opening episode", but felt that by the end of the episode, Spooks had "established a voice of its own." Contains language which may offend. It consists of six episodes. Directed by Bharat Nalluri. The DVD release of the series in America contained the uncut episodes. The downside to the hand-held cameras was that they can only shoot four minutes worth of footage from each film stock. Colin Green and Soren B. Ebbe were the series editors, while David Crozier and Andrew Sissions served as sound recordists. According to Wolstencroft, Nalluri "directs as I see. The last two episodes held several scenes filmed at a high-end house in Highgate owned by a silk merchant, in particular the opera house and bar Jools frequents,[15] and the DG's (Director General of MI5) office. According to Oyelowo, Wolstencroft's scripts included more spy terms, stating "we curse David Wolstencroft often. Click here and start watching the full episode in seconds. [23] Rural scenes were filmed across the South East of England, including in areas in Surrey,[11][14] and outside Maidstone in Kent. [9] Jenny Agutter plays Tessa Philips, senior case officer for Section K.[4] The actress described Tessa as "hard edged" and "not a nice person", but straightforward and not initially expected to be corrupt. ", See the ratings on the episode table above. To cover it, sometimes Macfadyen had to hide the left side of his face from the camera. The scenes leading up to Mary's apprehension in "Thou Shalt Not Kill" were filmed at Borough Market in Southwark. Leila Kirkpatrick was the line producer and Linda Stefansdottir was the production designer, while Andrea Galer was the costume designer, and Alison Davies was the make-up designer. The first series of the British spy drama television series Spooks (known as MI-5 in the United States) began broadcasting on 13 May 2002 on BBC One, and ended on 17 June 2002. Karen Wilson was the script editor, and Ralph Cameron and Malcolm Treen were the location managers. [4], The first series of Spooks was produced by Kudos Film and Television for the BBC. Kudos later pitched the show to all the major British television networks; however none of them were as enthusiastic as Kudos, as they did not see the potential of a post-Cold War spy series. Filming was usually done with long lens cameras, which proved difficult for the crew as many filming location were short on space. British TV, "[50], The first series of Spooks was nominated for six awards, one of which it won. Suddenly you're in a relationship with a complete stranger. But as time runs short, personal loyalties will leave one team member dead. Spooks. At other times, the actor wore sunglasses. Drama. [53] In the Craft awards, Julian Slater, Nigel Heath, Michael Fentum and Dan Morgan were nominated in Best Sound in Drama. [37] The different timeslot for episode four meant that it dipped below six million;[29] however, ratings recovered to over seven million by the series finale. Episode guide, trailer, review, preview, cast list and where to stream it on demand, on catch up and download. Country of origin United Kingdom Production Broadcast Original network Script error: No such module "list". [23] The sources also advised the producers how to tail targets without being spotted. At the end of 2002, the BBC released a "Best of" viewer polls on its website. [11] Kevin McNally appears as Robert Osbourne, the antagonist of the second episode. He also took inspirations from novels including le Carré's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. [36] Although the series won its timeslot again in the third episode, "One Last Dance" faced competition from The Kumars at No. [13] Laurie based his performance on Barry Foster's portrayal of the head of MI6 in Sweeney!. "[32] Bryan Byun of DVD Verdict had an issue with the storylines, stating, "At times it takes the entire length of an episode to figure out precisely what's going on. In the same episode, Naoko Mori appeared as a lover of Danny's; Mori previously appeared in Psychos, another series produced by Kudos. [39] The scene attracted over 250 complaints, 154 of them to the television watchdog, the Broadcasting Standards Commission, the highest number of complaints for a television programme in 2002. Sue Gibson and Sean Bobbitt served as the directors of photography, with Mark Goddard and Francesco Reidy serving as first assistant directors. However, the producers did not know how to fill in episode two, so the death was moved up. Each episode has its own audio commentary track. MI-5 (TV Series 2002–2011) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. [21] The first series finale was heavily researched, as the episode was based on real life instances in which terrorists agreed to work with the authorities in Colombia. Out of the 10,000-plus applications per week to MI5's website, more than 2,500 people applied following the end of a Spooks episode, while before the episodes broadcast, only a handful of new applications were entered. Season 1 guide for Spooks TV series - see the episodes list with schedule and episode summary. [17] His chosen writing style was a mixture of the "grittyness" of le Carré's works and James Bond-like fantasies. Gerard O'Donovan of The Telegraph thought that the series "proved thoroughly entertaining", and praised Wolstencroft's writing, which O'Donovan felt was "confident enough to be playful with its subject – especially regarding Britain's poor-relation relationship with America." Among the storylines, main character Tom Quinn faces dilemmas living a double life with his girlfriend, who at first does not know he is really a spy, and Tessa Phillips is running phantom agents for monetary gain. The producers were impressed enough by Dodds' performance that they wished to see her return in the second series. [4] The producers created Maisie because they believed that children are often "the best spies of all". Directed by Alrick Riley. [32] The first series was later repeated on BBC America, alongside the second series starting in June 2007. The missions of MI-5, the UK's domestic intelligence organization. In addition there are numerous interviews with the cast and crew members of the series, discussing the origins and development of the show and the purpose of the main characters. [4] Each episode took approximately 12[25] to 14 days to shoot, although they do not follow on the order of the script; the production crew would film all scenes set at a certain location first, and then move on to the rest. 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