Spooks: A Tortoise In The Garden

Going to the end of the line.

“WHAT do you have to show for all these years?

“I have a house and a wife and a son.

“And a tortoise in the garden.”

Ilya Gavrik is talking to Harry Pearce about finding love.

Spooks final series, last but one episode.

Where the long road nears its end with one last press on the accelerator pedal.

Starting with this penultimate 60 minutes.

Ilya has arrived on Sir Harry’s doorstep carrying a bottle of vodka.

Leading to another rare glimpse inside the home of the knighted one.

With a stash of vinyl albums in one corner.

Including, I like to believe, a copy of this, given to him by Ruth.

The best you can do is forgive

Episode 10.5 begins with Sasha also posing a few questions for Harry.

The CIA’s Jim Coaver is heading for the 11am flight to Rotterdam.

And Ruth is sitting at a new desk:

“Harry, I’m a civil servant now. I have a PA called Margot.”

Those waiting for Harry and Ruth to take centre stage may be pacified in these final two hours.

Harry: “I’m not exactly known for my tact. This is a man who proposed to you at a funeral, remember?”

Ruth: “Yeah, that’s true. You do have the most awful timing.”

Although there is plenty of other Spookstastic stuff going on as we await their fate.

Leading up to an emotional series finale which – at least for me – provides a fitting conclusion.

Done with considerable style by all involved.

Harry and Jim.

It’s fascinating to watch Peter Firth play Harry in the latter stages of this series, by which time he knew for certain Spooks was coming to an end.

This week our hero sets out on an extreme course of action to uncover the truth about who is behind the attacks on MI5.

While Ruth has property plans on the Suffolk coast.

Ms Evershed seeing action out in the field – at the US Embassy in Grosvenor Square.

Back at that Russian Delegation Hotel, Elena tells her husband: “I think there are some shops in London I have yet to see.”

But we all know who she’s going to meet, don’t we?

There are the usual plot loopholes and quibbles that you could drive Harry’s Audi through if you wanted to.

But Spooks has always been about the suspension of disbelief – an entertainment, not a documentary.

As the episode nears its end, Harry prepares to leave his home.

Stopping in the kitchen to do something rather mundane but oh, so telling.

Another moment of Spooks’ brilliance, with no words of explanation required.

“This can’t be the end?” pleads Ruth.

With one episode to go, we know it’s not.

But my advice is to avert your eyes and ears when the “Next week” teaser pops up.

Wait seven days.

And enjoy what I believe will be regarded by many as Spooks’ finest hour.

Spooks continues on BBC1 at 9pm on Sunday.


At the American Embassy in London.

"Did you never watch Blue Peter, Harry?"

"Four bedrooms, no chain. Would you like to view?"

Erin's road rage counselling is going well.

Ruth (Nicola Walker)

Will Jim go Dutch?

Dimitri plus man at CIA.

Valid for zones 1 to 6

Man and van.

"Wish we had pods."

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7 responses to “Spooks: A Tortoise In The Garden

  1. Aerynrox

    I have the distinct feeling you are trying to gently prepare me for something horrifying.
    It won’t work! I can already feel myself rejecting it as if someone tried to put a new heart in me.

  2. Emma

    Looking forward to this very much indeed – It’s nearly as upsetting that we have only one preview left from you, than only 2 eps of Spooks left to see. I’d love to read a review from you of the whole series once the final episode has aired, as you seem to be as much of a fan as all of us out here!

    Thanks for another great spoilery free review!

  3. Rosemary

    Ilya and a bottle of vodka? Hm. Hope Harry hasn’t forgotten what happened last time HE turned up on an old friend’s doorstep carrying a bottle of something quaffable!

    Love the captions. Dmitri’s made me laugh out loud. And thank you for making the point about plot-holes and suspension of disbelief. It always amazes me how many people seem to get most of their enjoyment from the programme from picking holes in it!!

  4. Jackie

    Tantalizing as ever Ian (who cares about plot holes?) and love the captions. I was hoping the Home Secretary would offer Ruth a substantial pay rise so she’d get out of those dowdy clothes but it seems not and how will Dimitri cope now he has a rival in the looks department judging from the CIA’s New Romantic era model? As for avoiding the last episode’s teaser, no chance, I’m just not that strong!!

  5. Could it be that Harry stops in his kitchen to feed Ruth’s cats – or is that too soft a notion for hard-edged Spooks?! Looking forward to this penultimate episode, and I have to agree with Jackie that avoiding the final teaser will be an exercise in self-control too far! Also in agreement with Jackie over the new man at the CIA – where do they get these actors from?!

  6. Spookette

    I agree with Aerynrox – I fear that ‘Djarkarta is coming’, and whilst I am dying to know how it will all play out, I’m fearful of what the writers have in store for the characters. I just hope that they will be faithful to the characters and give them a fitting end, whatever happens. I still can’t quite believe there will be no more fantastic acting from Peter Firth and Nicola Walker as Harry and Ruth after next week. I think I will need grief counselling……

  7. All in all a very excellent episode again and yet further proof that this is shaping up to be one of the best series of Spooks so far. …Steve Rosie Margate… I used to really enjoy Spooks as one of the best dramas on TV. Spooks is a good TV drama please stop trying to turn it into some over stylish American show. …Rich Yorkshire… Ive only watched the last three episodes of Spooks.

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