Spooks (2002–2011)
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Episode #1.5 

A former MP, imprisoned years before in an arms-dealing scandal, claims to have a damaging memoir ready to go to press. The team tries to determine whether its claims are genuine while ... See full summary »


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Episode uncredited cast:
Jenny Agutter ... Tessa Phillips (uncredited)
Joan Blackham ... Opera Woman (uncredited)
David Calder ... Sergei Lermov (uncredited)
Heather Cave Heather Cave ... Maisie Simm (uncredited)
Mark Dexter ... Mark Hodd (uncredited)
Amanda Drew Amanda Drew ... BBC Woman (uncredited)
Nicholas Farrell ... Richard Maynard (uncredited)
Peter Firth ... Harry Pearce (uncredited)
Esther Hall Esther Hall ... Ellie Simm (uncredited)
Keeley Hawes ... Zoe Reynolds (uncredited)
Jonathan Jones Jonathan Jones ... BBC Man (uncredited)
George Khan George Khan ... Sheikh (uncredited)
Hugh Laurie ... Jools Siviter (uncredited)
Mark Long Mark Long ... Derelict Man (uncredited)
Matthew Macfadyen ... Tom Quinn (uncredited)


A former MP, imprisoned years before in an arms-dealing scandal, claims to have a damaging memoir ready to go to press. The team tries to determine whether its claims are genuine while possibly being subverted by other agencies with other agendas. Written by Anonymous

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10 June 2002 (UK) See more »

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The door from which Jools Siviter left the auditorium of the opera house actually lead into the broom cupboard. See more »


(at around 25 mins) When Danny is dunking Zoe into to the ice water filled sink, she is heard screaming. This should not be possible if her head was in the water. See more »


Jools Siviter: There is someone in this building who is seriously disloyal. I could be looking at him or her right now.
Harry Pearce: That is a very serious allegation to level at your sister service.
Jools Siviter: Well my sister should be bent over and given a good whack on the behind!
Harry Pearce: I don't find that helpful.
Jools Siviter: Helpful? You get an excellent asset of mine killed and you want my help!
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Episode #1.5
5 August 2019 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

A story ripped out of the press headlines. It was a time when former Conservative bigwigs were being imprisoned for being naughty in their private life, usually finding God when they were inside. I suppose that was better than needing a jar of Vaseline in the prison cells.

Hampton Wilder is a former minister released from prison for illegal arms sales. On his release he tells Harry that a Labour politician and close friend of the Prime Minister, Richard Maynard is also corrupt and was friendly with a Russian spy.

Wilder wrote all this in his memoirs but the manuscript has gone missing.

Harry thinks this could be a wild goose chase by a bitter ex-minister. Siviter shows up again with some important information but Harry does not trust him. However Siviter questions Maynard's loyalties and he is also more than friendly with Tessa.

Another intriguing episode, with twists and turns that has a nice payoff. There are also some ongoing threads, Danny and Zoe are now flat sharing and have cause to mistrust Tessa. Tom gets trouble from Ellie's ex husband who finds out that Tom is not a man you want to tamper with.

This was Hugh Laurie's last appearance in Spooks. He would go off to America to become the world's highest paid television actor.

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