YOU can always rely on Spooks to hurtle towards a conclusion.
The last two episodes in the current series gather speed like a runaway train.
Episode six – the third last in this series – is screened on BBC1 at 9pm on Monday.
And then we come to episode seven.
It’s shown for the first time on BBC3 at 10.30pm on Monday, ahead of the main BBC1 transmission a week later.
It begins in the same place as episode six ends.
With Harry (Peter Firth) sitting at home in a brown leather armchair.
Having taken a stiff drink, he starts his CD player.
Harry’s choice of music is Chorus Of The Hebrew Slaves by Verdi.
Which is when Spooks begins to work its magic.
On first viewing, the scene initially reminded me of another classic TV moment involving John Thaw in The Remorseful Day.
In what was Inspector Morse’s last investigation, the camera also closed in slowly as Thaw sat motionless in a chair listening to classical music.
But Spooks adds another dimension in what is a truly brilliant acting performance by Peter Firth.
Episode seven is where we learn the identity of the mole in Section D.
Among other dramatic discoveries at MI5’s HQ.
Then just when you think this series must surely have run out of track, along comes episode eight.
When the stakes turn out to be even higher.
Will there be a series ending cliffhanger?
Find out when the final episode is screened by BBC1 on Monday December 8.
Unlike the others, it will not be previewed on BBC3 the previous week.
Despite speculation, I’m told that the BBC has still to confirm a Spooks re-commission from Kudos.
But I’ll be amazed if there isn’t a positive announcement in the next few weeks.
The last two hours of Spooks 2008 are up there with the best.
How will we bear the wait until the next series?
*There will be a final Spooks series seven feature in Monday’s MEN.
Update: The MEN interview with Alex Lanipekun (Ben) is here.
Verdi: Chorus Of The Hebrew Slaves
Time To Get Spooked Again
Spooks Back From The Dead
Hermione’s Not Spooked
Spooks Official Site
Spooks Fan Forum