Hit spy drama Spooks returns to BBC One later this autumn with a new format – an operation which unfolds across 10 hour-long episodes.
The BBC and Kudos are promising viewers “an exhilarating, high-octane journey with an abundance of dramatic twists and turns as the distinction between friend and foe becomes ever more blurred” as Adam, Harry and the team are immersed in their most intricate operation to date.
The latest series sees the return of Rupert Penry-Jones, Hermione Norris and Peter Firth as officers Adam, Ros and Harry of Section D, MI5. Raza Jaffrey, Miranda Raison and Hugh Simon also reprise their roles as Zaf, Jo and Malcolm, and welcome new arrival Connie played by Gemma Jones.
Echoing Real Life
In the drama, Iran’s covert scheme to become a nuclear power leads to growing mistrust between the British, American and Iranian governments, who all nurse their own agendas to help or hinder the Middle Eastern state in its efforts.
The volatile climate culminates in a series of high risk operations both at home and abroad.
The opening episode sees Zaf, undercover in Tehran, attempt to place a bomb on a civilian train in an effort to flush out a key Iranian spy, an act which could have dangerous ramifications not only for Zaf but for the whole team…
Katie Swinden, Producer of Spooks, says: “For the first time ever, we’ve chosen to explore one theme throughout the series, and one which is an ongoing concern in today’s world affairs agenda.
“The relationship between Britain, Iran and the US is such a delicate and topical issue that it opens up a wealth of new storyline possibilities to us.
“Audiences will be able to follow Adam, Harry, Ros and the team as they take on their most challenging operation to date, and will get to see them in a whole new range of dangerous and exciting situations.”
Sarah Brandist, Executive Producer for the BBC, says: “Spooks, one of the autumn highlights for both BBC Drama and BBC One and this year, takes on a more global feel by telling bigger, bolder stories across a wider landscape.
“BBC One viewers, who are already eagerly awaiting the gang’s return, will be treated to an explosive opening two-parter and, from then on, the action flows from beginning to end. Spooks has returned in style.”