Growing up in a British household during the nineties and early noughties means gathering around the television and watching some right proper English television shows. From The Bill to Casualty, Heartbeat to Bad Girls, the family used to gather around and watch some of the greatest shows, revelling in the spectacular action, heartfelt emotion and drama. Oh, so much drama. On the epic list of incredible series that we’d gather round as a family, enjoying the high octane thrills and chills, then 2002's Spooks (which premieres on May 13th) was definitely one of the best. As Spooks: The Greater Good lands in cinemas today, starring Kit Harrington, let’s visit the phenomenal television series.
Spooks boasted the best collection of actors that have been launched into cinematic and television greatness. Selma’s David Oyelowo, Anna Karenina’s Matthew Macfadyen and Ashes to Ashes’ Keeley Hawes pitted their wits alongside Peter Firth and Jenny Agutter in order to stop terrorism both home-grown and foreign. Later, Sherlock’s Lara Pulver, The Hobbit’s Richard Armitage and Wire In The Blood’s Hermione Norris amongst many others would join an already bustling team. The tantalising cast helped shape the legendary status that Spooks had created, with the aforementioned Firth leading the way as the no bullshit leader Harry. Together they mastered the element of espionage whilst still gifting the series for a human element that made the characters immediately engaging and unforgettable through their collective talents.
The series never suffered, and even survived the appalling Spooks: Code 9 BBC Three series and was shut down by its creators rather than the BBC - insisting that it’d rather leave during the prime of the television show instead of being taken outside and shot as a limp horse. Still, whilst Spooks will go down in history as one of the great innovative and daring British shows the 21st Century has seen - the release of a film seems somewhat paled against the much anticipated Spectre film. Nevertheless, Spooks has a rich tapestry of story lines and moments that will continue to be as legendary as its first conception.
If you are interested, I’d definitely watch it. It’ll be for the greater good (the greater good).