With the sixth series of Spooks about to hit our screens series star Rupert Penry-Jones talks about his role as Adam Carter.
Adam’s had a troubled couple of years, narrowly surviving being drowned under the Thames in the final episode of the last series and according to Rupert Adam’s life isn’t about to get any simpler: “He catches bubonic plague, he nearly drowns, he goes through about four near death experiences and has a very complicated love life this year. Which is pretty much how it is every year for Adam!”
With the series consistently praised for style and stunts the actor is keen to point out that he does “most of my own stunts, although there’s a couple they won’t let me do.”
“There are some great ones this series � car chases, street fights and a really dramatic fight in the passenger cabin of a plane. There was one bit of scaling the outside of a house, which they decided wasn’t safe for me to do. The team are very good about making the stunts look realistic and dangerous without actually putting me in harm’s way!”
The last series saw the introduction of new character Ros (Hermione Norris) who, like Adam, almost perished under the Thames Barrier. Penry-Jones says the relationship between their characters developed since then: “…without giving too much away, their relationship has definitely moved on, as you’ll see in the first scene of episode one!”
“Because of the job they do they find it very hard to trust each other, which would make a romantic relationship very tricky. Plus, Adam’s having an affair with an asset which complicates things with Ros as well…”
The format of the shoe has been tweaked a bit this year with it taking the form of a serial this year, and as usual is pretty topical with regards to world affairs with references to the relationship between the UK, US and Iran. Does Penry-Jones think the show can go too far when touching on real-life events and themes?
“No, it’s never gratuitous, they are issues that people are interested in; what’s going on in the world today. I mean, of course it’s fiction, but you do feel like you get an insight into what really could be happening.”
Spooks returns to BBC One this Autumn