Tonight saw the very last episode of Spooks on BBC1. After ten years of ‘MI5, Not 9 to 5’ our national security and Sunday night sofas are no longer safe.
For me there have been few tv series that have maintained and improved on the quality of production, scriptwriting and acting as Spooks has.
This last episode was intended to tie up the loose ends, but if anything it left me (and Ms P) wanting more. It was a special touch that Tom Quinn, the original spook from series one and pictured above, should make the most fleeting of appearances near the end before he took out the main bad guy.
It wasn’t real MI5, of course. These civil servants used iPads instead of clipboards and I can’t imagine any government IT bod allowing rogue agents to work with Macs instead of PCs, but thank goodness they did or all sorts of really bad things might have happened.
Strangest of all is that the decision to terminate the series with extreme prejudice was taken by the production company, and not the BBC. I’m sure Auntie Beeb would have happily bought more to fill this slot in the autumn schedule.
So charge your glasses and raise a toast to Harry Pearce, Ruth Evershed, Adam Carter, Zafar Younis, Ros Meyers, Malcolm Wynn-Jones, Lucas North et al who have entertained us so royally.
We shall not see their like again. (Unless we start a petition)