Television is a funny piece of furniture. There are times when a series comes to an end and you know it’s time for it to go before it passes its sell-by date. Sadly, there are times, more often than not, that you think a series should come to an end yet it continues for several more seasons. There are those magical times, however, where you endlessly wish a series would go on forever but instead it comes to an all-ends-nicely-tied-up ending. The last scenario, for me, would define my thoughts on Spooks or MI-5 as it was titled in America, which went out on a perfect note in 2011.
While Spooks came to an all to early end after 10 brilliant series on BBC1 in the UK and a number of public television stations in the States, there is a bit of a light at the end of the tunnel with the announcement that the forthcoming feature film, Spooks: The Greater Good, will be released in UK theatres on 8 May 2015 from Pinewood Pictures. Game of Thrones star Kit Harington will lead the cast of the movie, with Spooks veteran Peter Firth reprising his role as Harry Pearce, head of the Counter-Terrorism department, a.k.a. Section D, of MI5.
Unfortunately, as one would expect from anything that has to do with Her Majesty’s Security Service, not much is known about the storyline so far other than it focuses on Pearce being forced to resign after high-profile terrorist Adam Qasim (Elyes Gabel) escapes from MI5 custody during a routine handover. When Pearce disappears off a bridge into the Thames, former agent Will Holloway (Harington) is drafted in from Moscow to foil a bomb thread from Qasim and uncover the truth surrounding the disappearance of his former mentor.
While most of Harry’s direct reports didn’t survive their time at MI-5 (i.e. Rupert Penry-Jones, Richard Armitage, David Oyelowo, Hermione Norris and Miranda Raison to name a few), one can definitely hold out hope that Matthew Macfadyen will reprise his role as Tom Quinn with maybe even a return of Keeley Hawes as Zoe Reynolds. She did, after all, only have to go to Chile to avoid prison time. Unfortunately, no release date set as of yet for theaters in the U.S. so let’s hope it finds a welcome home on public television stations soon.