Spooks: Let Them Eat Cake

Ros (Hermione Norris) having an exceedingly bad day at work


JUST the briefest of glimpses.

But I’m so glad the humble cake stand is making a comeback, both on screen and off.

Not that Ros finds time to nibble a Fondant Fancy when she meets up with her former MI6 mentor Jack Coleville.

Or “The Jack Coleville,” as Harry describes him.

The woman with anti-freeze running through her veins has never struck me as a Mr Kipling kind of girl.

Serving up a selection of Cherry Bakewells, Vienesse Whirls and a hefty slice of Battenberg when Harry calls round for Sunday tea.

It would provide a few crumbs of comfort for those who like to see Ros’s sensitive side.

But it’s not going to happen, is it?

With just a restaurant cake stand between them, Jack (Stephen Boxer) asks Ros (Hermione Norris) if she’s still in love with the job – now at MI5.

“Nothing the occasional vodka can’t sort,” she replies.

That’s our Ros.

Spooks series eight, episode five is also the one where she gets to say:

“Traffic in and out. One mile radius. Two hour window.”

Something Shakespeare never got round to writing.

Harry (Peter Firth) repeats one of his more redundant lines:

“And Ros, no heroics.”

Which is the obvious cue for her to walk into an explosive trap.

While aside from *some people in cars* it’s patently obvious that Harry just hasn’t had time to ring up the Job Centre to fill a few vacancies.

Other things to look out for in this episode include:

1. A brand new accent from CIA officer Sarah Caulfield.
2. “The Chinese.”
3. Harry and Ruth watching the TV news together though, sadly, not while sat at home on the sofa with two lemon slices.
4. 6:03am.
5. More mentions of Basle. As opposed to Bay-zel.
6. 1983.
7. Lucas in leathers.
8. “Smart boy”.
9. Macbeth.
10. A Mr Kipling delivery van. (OK, I made that one up)

My interview with Hermione Norris will be in tomorrow’s MEN. I’ll add a link here when I post it online. And there will be more from Hermione in this blog in due course.

*Spooks episode five can be seen for the first time on BBC3 at 9pm tomorrow (Friday) ahead of its main BBC1 screening at 9pm next Wednesday.

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10 responses to “Spooks: Let Them Eat Cake

  1. flip

    1983? Ah yes, that’s where Zoe disappeared too isn’t it? :D

    Oh, ‘Ruth Walker’? ;)

    Thanks for the info as usual Ian, although thank goodness it’s nearly lunchtime with all those mentions of cakes!

  2. Thank you again, Mr. Wylie, for providing a much-sought after sneak preview of my favourite show.

    The BBC summary on the official website mentions something about Ruth uncovering something “shocking” in this episode. Can you give any hints as to what this might be?

  3. Thanks Flip – and Elena, it’s something we already know.

    • Now you got me thinking… The possibilities!…

      There are so many things that happened since Ruth had to depart, but I feel that this would be a little more related to the current storyline. Something to do with Nancy Drew and her last meeting with her boss, perhaps? Trust Ruth to uncover something like that.

      Can’t wait until tomorrow!

  4. Ian, I do so love your peeks into one of my very favorite shows (always a good series, but in my extremely biased opinion, made even better by the presence of The One, aka Richard Armitage) . . .

    All that talk of cake has me half-way expecting Marie Antoinette to pop up in this one . . . I do love ice queen Ros, who actually looks like Mother Teresa next to Sarah . . . yet another accent from Agent Caulfield?! Bloomin’ ‘eck . . . and Lucas – in leathers? Oh, my . . . I felt him channeling Sir Guy when he was menacing Robinov in that pool in ep 3 . . . thank you as always!

  5. lara

    Thank you so much for these weekly sneak previews into Spooks! They always make me smile (especially the Harry and Ruth comments) and I find myself looking forward to them almost as much as I’m looking forward to the actual episodes.

  6. ms_moneypenni

    As always enjoy what you write and puts a smile on my face!!

    Good old Christine 2.0 and her accents!

    Too bad Harry and Ruth are not watching the news at home. Maybe next year?

  7. karen

    Thank you so much for this! I have loved Spooks from the first episode of series one. Richard Armitage is amazing – he can communicate so much with just a glance or gesture or tone of voice. I’m so glad to have Ruth back, as she was for me the heart of the show when she was on.

    I really, really wish that they had found another actress to play Sarah – the accent is truly grating and she seems unable to generate any real emotion or chemistry. Perhaps that’s intentional, but I think it detracts from her scenes.

    In any case, I’m a die-hard fan of both Spooks and RA, so they have me for life!

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