Spooks: They’re Back

THE world is always a safer place when Spooks is being filmed.
I spent a day in and around The Grid this week as work progressed on series seven of the always gripping BBC1 spy drama.
A small group of us spoke to cast members, including Peter Firth and new arrival Richard Armitage.
We also interviewed Hermione Norris about her return to MI5 after faking the death of Ros Myers last year.
Cast and crew were busy filming episodes three and four, with the series due back on screen in the autumn.
It’s already been announced that Robin Hood and North and South star Richard plays MI5 officer Lucas North.
He’s spent the past eight years in a Russian prison – so was around before we first met Harry and his original team in May 2002.

I was at the press launch for that very first series, and interviewed cast members including Matthew Macfadyen (Tom) and Keeley Hawes (Zoe), who are now husband and wife.

Returning to 2008, it’s also no secret that Rupert Penry-Jones (Adam) leaves Spooks in the new series, possibly via an explosive exit.
There was a great deal to discuss on set with lots for fans to look forward to.
But due to the usual embargo on interviews, I can’t say anything further until nearer transmission.
The Official Secrets Act does, however, allow me to report that the lunchtime caramel apple tart and custard was up to the usual high standards of TV catering comfort food.
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Spooks Official BBC Website
Spooks Fan Forum
MI5 Official Site



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20 responses to “Spooks: They’re Back

  1. Patty

    can’t you really say anything further about the actors, especially new arrival Richard Armitage?

  2. Ian Wylie

    Sorry Patty – much as I would like to, all the interview material has to be held back until later in the year.

  3. Phoebe

    At least , how did Richard look as his new character??? Any snippet would be much appreciated!

  4. Ian Wylie

    He wasn’t in character at the time, Phoebe – dark blue jeans and T-shirt plus black boots. All the actors were very happy with the way filming for this series is going. Really sorry – beyond that, I cannot say.

  5. Jade

    Was Rupert Penry-Jones there, or can you not say?

  6. Ian Wylie

    Hi Jade – there were several members of cast on set that day but Rupert wasn’t among them.

  7. Mel

    Just saw your comments re: Spooks new series.. You said that you spent time in & around the ‘Grid’ sorry but what,where is the grid.??

  8. Ian Wylie

    Hi Mel – The Grid is the name of the MI5 headquarters / offices used by Harry and co in Spooks and is a set in the London studio where the series is filmed.

  9. Mel

    Hi Ian
    Many thanks for the info re: The Grid’.
    another question please, in regard to Robin Hood – I am travelling to Budapest in the Summer + I have heard that they film RH somewhere there, is it possible to go & watch filming.?? If so, who do I contact.? I know my son would love to watch.
    Many thanks in advance..:)

  10. Ian Wylie

    Mel – I have no up to date info, but previous series were made at film studios in the town of Fot. The set is not open to visitors, so you would not be able to watch filming. The location of exterior location filming is not advertised in advance.

  11. Mel

    Hi Ian
    Many thanks for the info..
    Have a Good weekend.

  12. Ollie

    Hi Ian
    Was Nicola Walker who plays Ruth on set?

  13. Ian Wylie

    Hi Ollie – for obvious reasons, don’t think we can get involved in a process of elimination after this answer…but, no, she wasn’t.

  14. Pat Kennedy

    Are you ‘able’ to tell me if Robert Glenister is still Home Secretary in the new season ?

  15. Ian Wylie

    Hi Pat – I asked Peter Firth and he confirmed that Robert is still playing the Home Secretary.

  16. Pat Kennedy

    Phew ! Thank you so much.!!

  17. Jenny

    Is there any news on Harry getting any possible new love interest in series 7?

  18. Ian Wylie

    Sorry Jenny – my interviews are still under embargo until later in the year. I also interviewed Rupert Penry-Jones last night for another project and we discussed Spooks. That interview is embargoed until some time towards the end of next month.

  19. Patty

    Do you know when Spooks will air?
    Can you release now the interviews you did in April?
    Best regards,

  20. Ian Wylie

    Hi Patty…Spooks is due back on BBC1 next month (October). My first interviews plus a new blog will run in the lead up to that.

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