Spooks: Season 9 DVDs

Sunday, 27 February 2011 12:27

To get to a ninth series and still be able to make your episodes feel fresh is a grand old trick if you can pull it off.  So was the case with the latest adventures for Spooks, the Kudos TV production which has done more for MI5 recruitment drives in recent times than anything else. The high turnover in characters continues, and this run of episodes saw the introduction of Sophia Myles (the live action Lady Penelope in the Thunderbirds movie) as Beth Bailey, who fits in like she’s always been part of the team.

Also signing up for duty is Max Brown (previous Sam Grey in Mistresses, and Edward Seymour in The Tudors) as new spook Dimitri Levendis. We get to follow the team on a an excellent roster of stories, which include tracking Somalian terrorists, preventing assassination attempts, avoiding bombing efforts and vicious snipers, and through it all facing the personal consequences of working for the secret services.

Spooks: Season 9 on DVDIain Glen (“Resident Evil”, “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider”) takes a turn as Vaughan Edwards, someone from the past of Lucas North (Richard Armitage), who comes along to stir up trouble. Laila Rouass (Sarah Page in Primeval) arrives on the scene as the love of North’s life.  And with the early death of Robert Glenister’s Home Secretary character, Nicholas Blake, taking up that mantle is Simon Russell Beale (Napoleon in “Blackadder Back and Forth”, and who’s also rumoured to be involved in “Bond 23”).

Friendships are tested to breaking point, and there is an unprecedented depth of deceit. The game becomes ‘cat and mouse’, and the impact this will have on the team will resonate with them all forever. It’s a terrific return to form for the series, and Series 10 has already been announced as going into production.

The complete Spooks: Series 9 DVD box set contains the following extras:

  • Episode commentaries with Nicola Walker (Ruth), Andrew Woodhead (Executive Producer), Sam Vincent, Jonathan Brackley and Anthony Neilson (Writers) – details in episode guide below;
  •  “The Cost of Being a Spy” featurette (Disc 3);
  • “The Downfall of Lucas North” featurette (Disc 3).

To tie in with this release, there is also a new online mission game called ‘Become a Spook’. It’s an interactive experience, featuring the actual voices of cast members. You can find it at www.becomeaspook.com  

Spooks: Series 9 is out now from Universal Playback. The three disc set has a running time of 464 minutes approx, a ‘15’ certificate, and a RRP of £39.99 – or get it for less at www.culttvstore.com



Peter Firth as Harry Pearce

Richard Armitage as Lucas North

Nicola Walker as Ruth Evershed

Sophia Myles as Beth Bailey

Shazad Latif as Tariq Masood

Max Brown as Dimitri Levendis

Simon Russell Beale as William Towers (Home Secretary)

Iain Glen as Vaughn Edwards

Laila Rouass as Maya Lahan


73. Episode 1

Commentary on DVD - Sam Vincent & Jonathan Brackley (Writers), Andrew Woodhead (Executive Producer)

The team are attending the funeral for Ros. Soon they are back in harness, tracking Somalian terrorist Abib on a ship from Tangier. When they realise that the boat is carrying a lethal load, the team reckon it is on the way to Plymouth for the launch of the newest addition to the Royal Navy. But is the real target elsewhere, and is it too late to find the UK link to the plan? Lucas's own faith is challenged, when he is visited by an unwelcome ghost from his past.

Director: Paul Whittington   

Writers: Jonathan Brackley & Sam Vincent          

Original BBC Transmission: 20 September 2010


74. Episode 2

Beth is under pressure when she goes undercover for MI5 for the first time. She must protect an influential oil oligarch, Robert Westhouse, when the Team receive a tip-off that an assassination attempt will be made on him at a top oil meeting. An unexpected ambush throws matters into a tailspin, and threatens to expose her unpleasant mercenary past. Lucas visits someone else from his past who never expected to see him again.

Director: Michael Caton-Jones       

Writer: David Farr   

Original BBC Transmission: 27 September 2010


75. Episode 3

Section D is forced to entertain an FSB Officer in order to track down Aibek, a rogue from the ex-Soviet state of Azakstan. Aibek is in the country to find the only surviving dose of the nerve agent 'Paroxocybin'. The chase is on, but can the team find a way to stop the chemical falling into enemy hands without ruining Anglo-Russian relations? Lucas's love life takes a passionate turn.

Director: Michael Caton-Jones

Writer: Richard McBrien      

Original BBC Transmission: 4 October 2010


76. Episode 4

A trio of Chinese agents have arrived in London for just 48 hours. The team must find out why they have turned up. Ruth goes undercover within a scientific research corporation, where they believe one Chinese scientist, Jiang, might be the ultimate prize. Beth activates an asset from the Chinese Security Services to be Section D's mole on the inside, but was this the best move? Lucas makes a decision that could change his life forever.

Director: Paul Whittington   

Writers: Jonathan Brackley & Sam Vincent          

Original BBC Transmission: 11 October 2010


77. Episode 5

The new American President is on his way to London to chair some top secret peace talks between Israel and Palestine, under the guise of his first state visit. Beth and Dimitri pose as Home Office representatives, with the job of keeping the delegates apart until the talks. When a plot to kill the President is uncovered, they must also hunt down the perpetrator. The venue hotel is put in lockdown as a precaution, but is the threat already within?

Director: Julian Holmes       

Writers: Jonathan Brackley & Sam Vincent & Oliver Brown        

Original BBC Transmission: 18 October 2010


78. Episode 6

CIA and MI5 find themselves at loggerheads after an American drone is hacked in Afghanistan whilst in British care, leading to a loss of American lives. Beecher is the head of the CIA in London, and arrives on the Grid to oversee installation of an advanced cyber-security system, 'Cybershell', aimed any preventing any future disasters. Lucas is tasked with protecting, and delivering to the Grid, Daniella Ortiz - an ex-hacker turned White House cryptographer who knows the installation codes. When the Grid is hacked and locked down, the Team have to find a way to escape and prevent the theft of all CIA and MI5 intelligence. Will Lucas be able to protect Ortiz, when the hackers decide to cut out the middle man?

Director: Julian Holmes       

Writers: Jonathan Brackley & Sam Vincent          

Original BBC Transmission: 25 October 2010


79. Episode 7

Commentary on DVD - Nicola Walker (Ruth), Anthony Neilson (Writer), & Andrew Woodhead (Executive Producer).

Lucas is further overwhelmed by his past, when Vaughn takes his blackmail to a whole new level. Ruth is latched on to by an imbalanced council snooper, who is convinced he's found a ‘dead drop. She initially keeps her distance, but her curiosity gets the better of her. She ends up trapped in a terrifying situation. Lucas and Harry come face to face in the pursuit of the truth.

Director: Edward Hall         

Writer: Anthony Neilson      

Original BBC Transmission: 1 November 2010


80. Episode 8

The task is clear: track down Section Chief Lucas North. Harry decides the team need specialist help in the hunt. It will not be easy to find a man who has nothing left to lose, and as the search becomes increasingly desperate, Harry and Lucas become embroiled in a deadly game of cat and mouse.

Director: Edward Hall         

Writers: Jonathan Brackley & Sam Vincent          

Original BBC Transmission: 8 November 2010


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