Spooks: The Sickness Unto Death

Sir Duke

“THE greatest hazard of all, losing one’s self, can occur very quickly in the world.

“Almost as if it were nothing at all.”

Sir Harry quotes Kierkegaard in Spooks series nine, episode five.

But let’s begin at the beginning.

As busy Home Secretary William Towers informs Harry: “Just checking the new Home Office app. It’s worth a download.”

(To save you the trouble, I’ve checked. And there isn’t one)

Operation Horizon is go.

Which means the President of the USA – codename Lighthouse – is London-bound to chair a top secret meeting at the Prince Edward Hotel.

Seizing a historic opportunity to bring about peace in the Middle East.

While the rest of the world think he’s having tea with Her Maj at Buckingham Palace.

“The Queen is in on it,” Ruth reassures The Grid.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Ms Evershed has excellent royal connections.

Having been a lady in waiting, of sorts, for so long herself.

Harry (Peter Firth) and Levi (Paul Freeman)

Harry also has friends in high places.

He’s an old pal of Levi Cohen, one of the leaders of the Israeli delegation, played by Paul Freeman.

Levi asks Harry if becoming “a duke” has gone to his head.

“I’m a knight, Levi,” replies Harry.

“And on the day I became one, so did a 80-year-old disc jockey and a champion shot putter.

“So I don’t dine out on it.”

Ashes To Ashes fans will recognise actor Joseph Long (Luigi) as Raed Elwan, deputy leader of the Palestinian side.

While the MI5 team race to intercept a terrorist threat.

Cue yet more “facial recog”.

Lucas / John betrays a possible past in furniture removal.

Ahead of another twist in the tale in the closing moments which I didn’t see coming.

Fans of all things Harry and Ruth may also care to watch out for the “Next Week” teaser trail.

But I’ll leave you with this photo of William Towers and his backing band, which surely begs a caption competition.

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