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Spooks: Geoffrey Streatfeild

Geoffrey Streatfeild as Calum Reed

SPOOKS returns for its farewell series at 9pm tonight.

With the BBC1 schedulers placing Sir Harry and his team head-to-head against ITV1 drama sensation Downton Abbey.

So far I’ve seen the first two episodes of both Spooks 10 and Downton Abbey 2.

As I’ve said before, I hope drama fans ignore the hyped-up “rivalry” and find the time to watch both.

Geoffrey Streatfeild joins the Spooks regulars this evening as Calum Reed. Continue reading

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Spooks: Lara Pulver

Lara Pulver as Erin Watts

SHE’S the new woman on The Grid.

Essex-born actress Lara Pulver plays Erin Watts, the MI5 high-flyer who has been sitting in Sir Harry Pearce’s seat during his suspension.

Moving to head Section D when he is temporarily re-instated.

There’s more to Erin than first meets the eye. Continue reading

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Spooks: This Is The End

Harry Pearce (Peter Firth) and Ruth Evershed (Nicola Walker)

“NOT while I still draw breath.”

Sir Harry Pearce is a joy to behold in the first episode of the last ever series of Spooks.

With just six hours left before we say goodbye, the writers of our favourite spy drama appear intent on celebrating the man who has been there from the very start.

Or perhaps more accurately, a skilled actor by the name of Peter Firth. Continue reading

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Spooks: Jane Featherstone

Jane Featherstone on BBC1 Breakfast today

“IT does go out with a fantastic bang. Ruth and Harry’s conclusion is sensational and there are some surprises for the loyal fans.”

“I just don’t want it to get tired and old.”

“We kill off our characters all the time in their prime. The show’s got to be killed off in its prime as well.”

Three quotes from Jane Featherstone live on the BBC1 Breakfast sofa around 8:40am today. Continue reading

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Spooks: Goodbye Harry

Peter Firth as Harry Pearce

IT’S been an open secret for some time that Spooks had come to the end of its long and winding road.

Today came final confirmation that series 10, due on screen next month (September), will be the last.

You can read the full official press release at the end of this blog.

The end came as no surprise to fans of the BBC1 show, who were left wondering why the BBC and production company Kudos had left it so long to confirm what everyone knew.

With Kudos said to have taken the decision themselves to end the series and move on to other things, including an already announced (Jan 2011) new eight-part BBC1 spy drama series called Morton.

Rather than the BBC wielding the axe.

Chief Executive Jane Featherstone said today: “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.”

There was already speculation that Spooks was nearing the end of the road when I spoke to Peter Firth (Harry Pearce) in early February. Continue reading

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Spooks: Is This The End For Harry?

FILMING began last month on series 10 of Spooks, due on screen this autumn.

It’s now been confirmed that Sophia Myles has left the BBC1 drama after just one series as Beth Bailey.

While an old secret comes back to haunt Harry Pearce, played by Peter Firth.

Will this be the last series of Spooks?

I asked BBC Drama boss Ben Stephenson that very question a few weeks ago. Continue reading

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South Riding: Lasting Images

(Don’t scroll down if you have yet to see the conclusion)

THE third and final episode of South Riding has just finished on BBC1.

I first saw it a few weeks ago and have watched it again several times since.

A beautiful, haunting last hour of television drama, adapted by screenwriter Andrew Davies from Winifred Holtby’s novel.

Both heartbreaking and uplifting.

With a spellbinding – and hopefully award-winning – performance from Anna Maxwell Martin as Sarah Burton. Continue reading

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