Spooks (2002–2011)
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Episode #1.4 

During riots in advance of US President Bush's visit to London, the MI-5 team observe Peter Salter among the agitators. Salter is a legendary agent and neither Zoe or Danny are quite sure ... See full summary »


Rob Bailey (uncredited)




Episode uncredited cast:
Jenny Agutter ... Tessa Phillips (uncredited)
Richard Armitage ... Armed Police Officer (uncredited)
Joanne Baxter Joanne Baxter ... Cheeky Girl 2 (uncredited)
Heather Cave Heather Cave ... Maisie Simm (uncredited)
Gabriel Crosse Gabriel Crosse ... Policeman (uncredited)
Bronwen Davies Bronwen Davies ... Andrea (uncredited)
Robert Finan Robert Finan ... Penguin Man (uncredited)
Peter Firth ... Harry Pearce (uncredited)
Sarah Goodchild Sarah Goodchild ... Cheeky Girl #1 (uncredited)
Joanna Gosling Joanna Gosling ... Newsreader (uncredited)
Esther Hall Esther Hall ... Ellie Simm (uncredited)
Keeley Hawes ... Zoe Reynolds (uncredited)
Anthony Head ... Peter Salter (uncredited)
Jukka Hiltunen Jukka Hiltunen ... Horst (uncredited)
Christopher Jupe Christopher Jupe ... Waiter (uncredited)


During riots in advance of US President Bush's visit to London, the MI-5 team observe Peter Salter among the agitators. Salter is a legendary agent and neither Zoe or Danny are quite sure what to do. When they report what they saw to Harry Pearce, he instructs them to remove any reference to Salter from their reports and to forget what they saw. Turns out Harry is running Salter on a special op in cooperation with MI-6. They are trying to nab a well known anarchist who is in the UK to stir up trouble. As the investigation progresses however, Salter's loyalty is called into question. Zoe has another problem when she suspects Tessa of embezzling funds. Tom meanwhile finally has to admit to Ellie what he really does for a living. She doesn't take it all well and she insists that he tell her daughter Maisie the truth or she will leave him. Written by garykmcd

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4 June 2002 (UK) See more »

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Did You Know?


There is a partially obscured motto on the blackboard in Salter's room. In full, it reads: "Big A, little a, Bouncing B. The System's going to get you but it won't get me!" See more »


Ellie Simm: What did you say you did again?
Tom Quinn: Fell on a stapler.
Ellie Simm: That's an industrial strength stapler then, isn't it?
Tom Quinn: Yeah, it's a whopper.
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Episode 1.4
8 July 2019 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

When American President George W Bush did visit the UK, it was unpopular. After all he did not even win the popular vote in the Presidential elections.

Footage of the protests are used in this episode. Danny and Zoe identify Peter Salter as one of the lead agitators.

Salter is a legend in the MI5 but Danny and Zoe are at a loss what his mission is.

Harry tells them both to forget everything they saw regarding Salter. Harry is managing his mission with MI6 to catch a leading European anarchist.

Tom finds out that Salter is in love with one of his cell members and he is compromised. There is a mirror between Salter and Tom in this episode. Tom finally admits to Ellie that he is a spy because he loves her.

Salter might have put the President's visit in danger. However Danny stumbles on to an important clue.

There is good teamwork in this episode and Hugh Laurie makes his first appearance as a sinister MI6 boss Jools Siviter.

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