(Spoiler alert: Do not read further if you have yet to watch the final episode)
The poignant last ever episode of Spooks has just finished.
There will be no more.
Nicola Walker summed up my feelings in an interview this week when she said:
“The storyline for this last series is the right ending for the show.
“I don’t know if it’s going to please everybody but it’s a very clever and grown up end point.”
“NOT while I still draw breath.”
Sir Harry Pearce is a joy to behold in the first episode of the last ever series of Spooks.
With just six hours left before we say goodbye, the writers of our favourite spy drama appear intent on celebrating the man who has been there from the very start.
Or perhaps more accurately, a skilled actor by the name of Peter Firth.
“WHAT if there was one time in your life when everything made sense?
“What wouldn’t you do to go back?”
Lucas / John tries to explain to Ruth why he’s risking everything for a new life with Maya (Laila Rouass).
Before giving Ms Evershed (Nicola Walker) marriage advice.
Spooks series nine, episode eight, brings the 2010 season to a close with Section D hunting one of their own.
“THE dream is over now…”
Spooks series nine, episode seven.
Where we finally get some answers about Lucas North / John Bateman and Vaughn Edwards.
And much more.
“YOU have a name, a life, that were never meant to be yours.
“You’ve got no friends, no family, no past. You’re not a real person.”
Spooks series nine, episode six finds Lucas / John caught on a hook.
Reeled in by Vaughn to the point of risking everything for Maya.
And capable of shocking behaviour.
“WHOSE life did you ruin today, John?”
Spooks series nine, episode four.
The one where Lucas North – aka John – is in turmoil.
“SOMETIMES you have to give a man a chance, Ruth.
“To show you who he really is.”
Spooks series nine episode three, with Peter Firth on scorching form as Sir Harry Pearce.
“HARRY!” Ruth has urgent news for the head of Section D in Spooks series nine, episode two.
But first, a recap.
IT begins with a funeral. Most Spooks fans will know who for. And ends with…
Spooks series nine, episode one. BBC1, 9pm next Monday.
There is much to report about the return of Sir Harry Pearce in a terrific opening hour.
RUTH Evershed likes to get to the heart of the matter.
“At present, we have more questions than answers,” she points out.
Will Ros survive to make it into another series of Spooks?
Who will she shoot this week?
And just what is her perfume made of?