Spooks: Back On The Grid

SPOOKS star Miranda Raison had to keep plenty of secrets about the new series which began on BBC1 last night.
Not least the fact that her character Jo Portman survived last year’s cliffhanger.
She told me: “Quite a few people have been asking, ‘Are you alive?’
“And, obviously, I’m back…”
There’s an interview with Miranda in today’s MEN – the online version is here.
I’m off to the National TV Awards at the Albert Hall in London tomorrow night.
Shamefully, Spooks doesn’t have a single nomination.
But can I suggest that someone, somewhere, gives Peter Firth a huge award at some point in the future?
After seven series, he’s still simply brilliant as Harry Pearce.

I’ve watched episode one seven times now, including last night, and that final poignant scene involving Harry and young Wes still brings me to the verge of tears.
Though I can’t erase the nagging thought that if Ros (Hermione Norris) had not turned up to delay matters by 10 seconds, Adam might have lived.
It would have been interesting to further explore the double act between Adam (Rupert Penry-Jones) and returning spy Lucas North (Richard Armitage).
As Richard told me, they worked well together on screen.
But Rupert had decided to leave – so Adam’s time was up.

Episode two is on BBC1 at 9pm tonight.
Viewers who saw it first on BBC3 last night will know that there’s yet more to come from Sir Harry.
I’d like to thank all the fans who have left comments or emailed after I interviewed the cast on set in April.
Apologies for not being able to answer all of your questions – it was as frustrating for me as it was for you.
I was asked, along with other members of the media, not to reveal certain aspects of the new series.
That included the fact that Jo had survived to return to The Grid.
And that Adam’s exit from the series would be via a car bomb in the first episode.
Not wishing to spoil the enjoyment of viewers, everyone played along nicely.
Even in the face of the BBC itself putting out advance information on the web which revealed Jo’s return.
Or a BBC Drama trailer which had to be hastily re-edited after its initial screenings to remove a split second scene involving Miranda.
And initial listings information for the series – published online – also revealing Adam’s fate in the first episode.
So the clues were there to be found, and a number of dedicated fans did just that.
But production company Kudos believe the bulk of the Spooks audience would have watched last night in ignorance of what was to come.
They have to be congratulated on a scintillating start to the new series.
I’ve now got as far as episode four.
And I’m still on the edge of my seat…

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