Spooks: Up On The Roof

The Grid: Class of 2011

HARRY and Ruth are sitting together on a park bench.

Ruth: “Do you know what it’s like to feel something for someone and then one day realise you don’t even know them?”

Harry: “You do know me. You know all the important things.”

Spooks series 10, episode four.

In which we learn battle-weary Sir Harry has so many more secrets.

And we go up on the roof of Thames House.

Where Calum asks: “So it’s five of us against the CIA?”

Later starting a high tech MI5 search for someone by declaring: “Let’s see if he’s on Facebook.”

Harry and Elena

With just two episodes left after this one, there are still many questions to be answered.

Are we entirely convinced CIA are the baddies in all of this?

Exactly who was the woman in that video?

And will Ruth leave Harry to join William Towers at the Home Office?

Harry gets quite a bit of fresh air this week.

Also meeting Elena – and Sasha – in another park.

The story of the week is a bit of a thriller, involving the threat of suicide bombings in London.

Not unfamiliar territory for Spooks but this storyline has a number of personal twists.

Ending up with some edge of the seat moments in Trafalgar Square.

Lara Pulver gets her chance to shine as single mum spy Erin Watts.

Or “silly mummy” as her daughter Rosie calls her at breakfast time.

Ruth, Harry and Calum

Students of The Harry and Ruth Relationship Academy will find out more about their possible future paths in that park bench scene towards the end of this hour.

As well as during one of those revealing “Next time” teaser trails at the conclusion of the episode.

Having now seen the stunning last ever episode of Spooks, I can say the finale is beautifully done and met my – high – expectations.

For obvious reasons, I can’t answer any questions about it.

Other than to say, treasure these final three episodes.

Because very soon, as it is now for me, the wonderful ten series Spooks’ journey will be at an end.

Spooks continues on BBC1 at 9pm on Sunday.

I'll shake that loose change out of your coat pockets, Elena, if it's the last thing I do.

Home Secretary William Towers and Sir Harry.

Lara Pulver as Erin Watts, Max Brown as Dimitri Levendis and Asif Khan as Ashur

"Calum, are you sure that's Harry on Twitter?"

Just three episodes left.

Max Brown as Dimitri

Dimitri chasing shadows?

That man again.

Up on the roof.

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8 responses to “Spooks: Up On The Roof

  1. karen mulhern

    Just watched ep 3 online here in the states and am thus far BLOWN AWAY by the quality of this final season. Such a rarity for a series to have the intensity of its earliest episodes as it comes toward the finale…I’m extremely impressed!

  2. Aerynrox

    I don’t see this ending in any way remotely resembling “well.” I need chocolate and lots of it!

    But thank you for your Spooks blog. I have treasured it.

  3. Amber

    Ian, you’re the best! I love your write ups for Spooks and for everything else you cover for that matter. I am slightly jealous that you’ve already seen the end but so glad that you’ve indulged us fans and given assurance for a great ending. Something so many of us are worried about. My fears are calmed…for now.😉 Thanks so much for your brilliance and for not giving the plot away like those (insert insult here) from the BBC press office writing up the entire episode in explicit detail. My spoiler-free eyes thank you.

  4. Rosemary

    ‘I’ll shake that loose change out of your pocket, Elena, if it’s the last thing I do’. Brilliant. I will miss your blogs as much as the programme.

    The CIA? Hmm, not sure. I smell a Russian double-cross somewhere … collusion between the two, perhaps … anyway, something complicated! – and I don’t think it bodes well for Harry’s promotion prospects.

    And I agree with Amber; I won’t risk reading anything that might contain a spoiler, and that needs a lot of care. Lovely to know I can come on here and learn just enough to be intrigued without the risk of reading one. Thank you so much for that.

  5. DevotedStudentofTheHarryandRuthRelationshipAcademy

    “Students of The Harry and Ruth Relationship Academy will find out more about their possible future paths in that park bench scene towards the end of this hour.”

    I’m not sure how I feel about this sentence.

    But your assurances that the ending is ‘beautifully done’ goes some way to calm my feelings about the finale.
    (Just as long as Ruth isn’t the mole… stupid Guardian commenters scaring us all.)

    Thank you for your blog, brilliant as always.

  6. Spookette

    I’m worried that one of two things will happen judging from comments by both Peter Firth and Nicola Walker in interviews:
    I don’t think the writers will allow Ruth and Harry to be together because either:
    1.) Ruth will die just as they come together, killed by a jealous woman…
    2.) Harry will have to go away for some reason, (either extradited to the US or put into witness protection or some such thing)
    I don’t think they would go so far as to kill Harry off but I do think there will be another significant death of one of the Grid at the end.
    Ian, thanks for all your great spooks blogs, I already feel somewhat tearful at the thought of it all ending! I hope you are right and that they do end it beautifully
    P.S. I think the woman on the CCTV is Juliet Shaw and that she will have a role to play in Ruth or Harry’s demise. I hope I am totally wrong with my speculations!

  7. I wonder why they all went up on the roof of Thames House – other than to provide us with an impressive formation walking shot – have the CIA bugged the Grid? Been looking forward to the Harry-Ruth bench scene since seeing the photo a fan posted back in April I think – no series is complete without one (another reason why I preferred S8 to S9!)

  8. Jackie

    Thanks Ian. As someone who didn’t particularly enjoy Sunday’s episode I feel a sense of excitement returning at the thought of what’s to come and I will do as you suggest and treasure each moment. Elena doesn’t look too healthy in Harry’s arms so I do hope someone didn’t just walk by swinging an umbrella, Ruth for instance!

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