(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.”
“YOU and I, we’re made of secrets.”
Ruth Evershed and Harry Pearce face the final curtain together.
Standing by a familiar estuary as we hold our breath to see what will happen.
Spooks series 10, last ever episode.
“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.
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.
“HARRY, I’m going home. Was there anything…”
“Yes, come in. Close the door.”
Spooks series ten, episode three.
Sir Harry Pearce is drinking whisky in his office (again) as he invites Miss Ruth Evershed in.
“I’M afraid we don’t have very much time.”
Sir Harry speaks for all Spooks fans in episode two of the final series.
As those sands of time continue to flow inexorably towards The End.
SPOOKS returns for its farewell series at 9pm tonight.
With the BBC1 schedulers placing Sir Harry and his team head-to-head against ITV1 drama sensation Downton Abbey.
So far I’ve seen the first two episodes of both Spooks 10 and Downton Abbey 2.
As I’ve said before, I hope drama fans ignore the hyped-up “rivalry” and find the time to watch both.
Geoffrey Streatfeild joins the Spooks regulars this evening as Calum Reed.
SHE’S the new woman on The Grid.
Essex-born actress Lara Pulver plays Erin Watts, the MI5 high-flyer who has been sitting in Sir Harry Pearce’s seat during his suspension.
Moving to head Section D when he is temporarily re-instated.
There’s more to Erin than first meets the eye.
“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.
“IT does go out with a fantastic bang. Ruth and Harry’s conclusion is sensational and there are some surprises for the loyal fans.”
“I just don’t want it to get tired and old.”
“We kill off our characters all the time in their prime. The show’s got to be killed off in its prime as well.”
Three quotes from Jane Featherstone live on the BBC1 Breakfast sofa around 8:40am today.