Spooks Code 9 Goes Multi-platform
The BBC’s latest spin-off, Spooks: Code 9, comes to BBC Three on Sunday 10 August 2008.
The six-part drama is set in 2013 London has been evacuated following a nuclear bomb and the country’s power base has shifted north. In the wake of the attack, MI5 must completely restructure and establish field offices across the UK, working to gather intelligence from the very heart of local communities.
With experienced officers in short supply MI5 need to look to the next generation for help. Luckily, Britain’s youth is more than up to the challenge and is fighting back from the attack with a new sense of patriotism, combined with the hedonism that comes from being face to face with their own mortality. It is members of this new generation of patriots who help make up MI5’s new Field Office 19.
“After the bomb, MI5 needed new officers with ability, dedication and potential on the streets as soon as possible,” explains producer Chris Fry. “The team rallied to this call and joined MI5 in the weeks following the bomb.
“With the exception of their team leader, none of them have been in the field for more than four months and they will continually find themselves in situations beyond their experience and training – they’ll only succeed through grit and determination.”
Led by experienced spook Hannah (Joanne Froggatt, Life On Mars) the rookie team is made up of Charlie (Liam Boyle, Drop Dead Gorgeous), a mathematician and genius problem solver, Rachel (Ruta Gedmintas, The Tudors), an ex-police officer with ambitions to be a leader, and Jez (Heshima Thompson, Prime Suspect: The Final Act), a new breed of spook altogether – a former criminal gone straight. Vik (Christopher Simpson, Brick Lane) chose MI5 over a career in his family’s business, while Rob (Andrew Knott, The History Boys) was a junior doctor at the time of the bomb and Kylie (Georgia Moffett, Doctor Who) was a psychology student just back from her gap year.
“Nearly one year on from the bomb, Britain is starting to get back to something resembling normality,” says executive producer Karen Wilson.
“But, under the surface, there have been massive changes: terror warnings and security checkpoints are regular features of everyday life, and there’s a flourishing black market in everything from ID cards to anti-radiation drugs.”
The show is set to be supported by a raft of interactive elements as well as a viral marketing campaign created by Agency Republic that uses new face-mapping technology which allows people to place themselves in the action and feature in a video of a high-pressured undercover operation.
Liberty News at www.libertynews.co.uk, a fictional future news agency, will update with breaking news stories containing extra information, photos and videos, just seconds after events happen as the episode transmits on BBC Three.
Visitors will also be able to contribute their own video, comments and photo uploads to the site, search out information about the main characters, and participate in live Q&A sessions with inhabitants of the Spooks: Code 9 universe.
Executive Producer for Six to Start, Dan Hon, says: “The universe of Spooks: Code 9 is fascinating and, with www.libertynews.co.uk, fans of the show will be able to explore the backstory of its characters and world as if it were completely real.”