Spooks Series 10 Archive

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Nicola at the 2012 TV BAFTAs

The 2012 TV BAFTAs were handed out in a star studded ceremony held at the Royal Festival Hall in London on Sunday, 27 May 2012. The very last series of Spooks was nominated in the Best Drama category but it did not win. For a full list of nominees and winners, check out the BAFTA website.

Nicola attended this ceremony with her co-star in Spooks, Peter Firth (who apparently brought along his oft talked about but never before seen girlfriend), as well as the writers of Spooks Series 10 and executives from Kudos. She wore a long black or dark blue skirt teamed with a short jacket of the same color. In her hand was a red clutch, the same colour as her shoes.

Nicola had no shortage of friends at this event. Others in attendance included :

Her former co-stars in Spooks :

  • Jenny Agutter (who was a presenter)
  • Raza Jeffrey
  • Robert Glenister (who was a presenter)
  • Rupert Penry-Jones (who was a presenter)
  • Lara Pulver
  • Miranda Raison (who was a presenter)

Her friends :

There was no coverage from the mainstream press about Nicola’s walk down the red carpet. As for the two hour programme itself, there were just a couple of very fleeting reaction shots of Nicola after they showed clips from Spooks at the beginning of the programme and when announcing the Drama category. Here are the only screencaps we could find from the actual programme (courtesy of Lisa (@flip18)).

Thank goodness for some very staunch fans of Spooks who met Nicola on the red carpet and took some photos which they have agreed for us to share with you. A big THANK YOU from all of us here on the Editorial Team. :D

Fans on duty at the red carpet prepared a couple of signs, one of which said “Spooks” and the other said “Ruth Evershed Lives”. When Nicola saw the “Ruth” sign, she immediately walked over and signed it “4 eva xx”. A photo of that sign is included in the Gallery.

Fans who took these photos own the copyright in these photos, so please respect their rights if you want to use them in any way other than ogling them in private!

(more pics will be added the gallery as and when we receive them from the relevant fans)

Update : 28 May 2012

Alison Graham from the Radio Times tweeted today about how much both she and Nicola still misses “Ruth Evershed”. Alison also said that even though she tried, she couldn’t get Nicola to agree to join Twitter!.

This article, which came up in our Google Alerts, tells us that M.A.C. Cosmetics was the make-up partner for last night’s awards ceremony. The article seems to imply that Nicola was amongst the attendees who took advantage of the services provided by M.A.C. Cosmetics for this event. @Born_Spook told us that Nicola looked radiant on the red carpet. Perhaps we have M.A.C. Cosmetics to thank for that?!

Report from the trenches

Here is a report by a fan who was on the scene yesterday afternoon. This will explain some of the poses struck by Nicola in the photos gallery.

by Emily (@ManderleyDream)

A position near the barriers; check. Spooks signs sellotaped and in place; check. Sun-tan lotion; whoops.

After a lot of waiting around (which is never too tiring when you’re amongst friends) the guests started to arrive and filtered in. After a while, guests from Spooks started to make their way up the steps (including Lara Pulver, Rupert Penry Jones and Raza Jaffrey) and our signs (so wonderfully made by Kate) attracted their attention as well as other guests who took their own time to photo them and nudge their partners and point.

Eventually we caught sight of Peter Firth who was looking over in our direction at the signs. We called out to him and he made a beeline for us, saying “hello girls” and asking us how we were and vice versa. As pleasantries were being exchanged Nicola Walker popped up behind him, smiling and cheerful as ever. Originally we couldn’t see her in the line where Peter was but apparently this was due to a delay at the ticket entry. She then spotted us and pointed at us before making her way over. Peter joked that they felt overdressed for the occasion and that everyone was wearing beachwear.

Nicola and Peter took their time and signed various pictures and were more than happy to have photos with the fans. At one point, Peter signed a picture and came up behind Nicola, placed it in her hands and said “sign that one please, darling”. Nicola was busy signing away while Peter searched around the fans in order to give a pen lid back. As Nicola signed one photo, she commented that it was a really lovely picture (it was the bridge scene from 8.2).

She looked at the signs and said “I love your signs!” before taking a biro and writing on one of the signs. Originally it said “Ruth Evershed lives”, but with Nicola’s addition, it read “Ruth Evershed lives 4eva xx”.

Nicola then saw our wristbands and said “My wristbands, I should have worn my wristbands!”. Lucy then told her that we had another wristband for her and Nicola just stood there looking very serious and ordered “Give it to me.” While Lucy fished out the wristband, Nicola and Peter were posing for photos, taken by both fans and other guests (Jane Featherstone took a few). Jane Featherstone then, with a big smile, snapped a few photos of our signs on her iphone before going back to the queue, it was very funny! At this point, Peter wandered off to sign more autographs to our right leaving Nicola to receive her new wristband.

When Lucy gave it to her, she put in on her wrist straight away and then took her time to read it. It said “Something wonderful that was never said” and her jaw dropped for a second before she quickly shouted “Peter!” and crooked her finger, beckoning him over. He returned quickly and Nicola made them both pose for more photographs, putting her hand (with wristband) on his chest and saying “right there, over the heart”.

Peter then vanished again and Nicola had more photos with us, commenting that it was the end of an era really and this may be the last chance for Spooks. When asked if she could call Peter back quickly, she looked around and walked towards him but he was heading back for the queue for the red carpet. She then ran back to us and shouted “I have no control over that man!” before smiling and heading back towards the queue. On her way back she did quickly turn around and blow a few quick kisses before catching up with the Spooks group (showing Simon Crawford Collins her wristband in the process).

THANK YOU Emily!!!

Update : 29 May 2012

And now, we have a three minute clip to go with emily’s report. THANK YOU @MrsGilesFarmer.

(With some browsers, the embedded video clip may not show up immediately. Just refresh the page and the clip should display properly.)

This clip shows details in Nicola’s dress which could not be seen in the photos. Her dress looks great. Love the red heels!

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Spooks S10 R1 DVD release

Finally, we have news of the Region 1 release of Series 10. This press release from the BBC was taken from Tv Shows on DVD website

A fiery farewell! Never shown on television, the final season of the hugely successful, long-running BBC drama reaches a thrilling conclusion in six riveting hour-long episodes. The crack counter-terrorism unit of the British Secret Service tries desperately to mend relations in the US and Middle East, while the squad tracks down a known anarchist who may be building a dirty bomb in London.

The Bafta-winning, international hit spy drama returns for a nail-biting tenth and final series. With the truth about Lucas North finally revealed, and following his rooftop showdown at the end of the last series, Harry is facing some complicated questions about the future of Section D as well as some skeletons from his own past.

Relationships between the CIA and MI5 have never been more strained, but add the Russian secret service to the mix and Harry and his team have a power timebomb on their hands. Fast-paced, tense and exhilarating, the latest series sees the team tested to their limits as the pressure is on to stop whoever is attacking the fledgling relationship between Britain and Russia.

The BBC is scheduling a DVD release in the USA and Canada of MI-5 – Volume 10, making its debut on March 6th! The 2-disc set running approx. 360 minutes contains the final 6 episodes of the program, at a cost of $29.98 SRP.

A few things for US fans to note :

  • The R1 DVDs have a different cover image. It includes the rest of the team, not just Harry and Ruth as was the case with the R2 DVDs. This is possibly because both Max Brown and Lara Pulver have a higher profile in the US market than Nicola or Peter Firth.
  • The press release indicates that the box set will include only 2 discs which cover the 6 episodes. There is no mention of the two featurettes (Harry’ Game and The Top 10 Spooks Moments) which were available as part of the R2 DVDs. The S9 R1 DVDs were also released without the R2 extra features and episode commentaries. US fans who want to have their own copies of the two featurettes on DVD will have to think about buying the R2 DVDs.

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Spooks Series 10 Competition

There are a number of competitions being staged on various websites in connection with the release of Spooks Series 10 on Region 2 DVD.

Ain’t It Cool News (British edition) and Digital Spy both ran competitions which have now finished.

Whats on TV is currently running a competition.

The biggest one of all is that being staged on the Facebook page of Universal Playback which you can access HERE. You can read more about that competition and view a number of trailers for the DVD Extras in our Post HERE.

WE ALSO HAVE OUR OWN COMPETITION!

That’s right, we have been allocated prizes to give away in connection with Series 10. You can read details of our competition HERE.

Now, you may find it easier to enter into some of the other competitions, which simply require you to retweet news of their competition or like their Facebook pages. With our competition, you have to do a little more work, like fill in a form and answer one simple multiple choice question. That shouldn’t be too hard, should it? Just think of the fabulous prizes you can win.

The one thing which all these competitions have in common is that they’re restricted to just UK fans only. I know that this sounds a little unfair to the millions of non-UK Spooks fans, but that requirement comes direct from the sponsor, Universal Playback, and there’s nothing we can do about it. :(

For all UK fans, ENTER NOW!

Update : 2 December 2011

Entries are coming in nice and steady since we announced the competition a couple of days ago. However, there have been a few incorrect entries :

  • You are required to give us your FULL name. We have one entry where only the first name was given and another entry where only initials were given.
  • You are required to select one answer to our multiple choice question. If you picked two answers, your entry will be disqualified.
  • The correct answer to our multiple choice question is readily available elsewhere on the internet. We have received at least two entries with incorrect answers.

We’re going to be generous and allow those of you who made mistakes in their entries to try, just one more time. If you think that the entry you’ve already submitted might be invalid because of one of the reasons set out above, you can send in a second entry so that you can correct your mistakes. Just ONCE!

Update : 12 December 2011

Our competition is now closed. The winner will be announced here on 15 December 2011. Thank you to everyone who took the time to submit an entry :D

Update : 15 December 2011

We have a winner – its Kirsten T from Edinburgh. Congratulations. Read more HERE.

Meet the winner!

Here’s Kirsten, the lucky Spooks fan who won our recent competition and now owns all of the fabulous prizes shown in the pic below. Thanks, Kirsten, for sending us the pics and agreeing to share these with other Spooks fans. :D

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Spooks S10 R2 DVD Release

The Region 2 DVD box set for Series 10 of Spooks has been released in the UK on 28 November 2011. The Region 2 DVD is also payable as a Region 4 DVD – see page 2 for more info.

As far as we are aware, the above images are the official images of the DVD cover. This is the first time that Nicola is featured so prominently on the cover of a Spooks DVD box set.

DVD Extras

Extras for the Region 2 DVD box set include :

  • Top 10 Spooks moments, as chosen by cast and crew
  • Episode 1 commentary with Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley (Writers) and Chris Fry (Producer)
  • Episode 6 commentary with Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley (Writers) and Bharat Nalluri (Director)
  • A featurette titled “Harry’s Game”.

Nicola was not asked to do any of the audio commentaries for this DVD box set. We have also been informed that she will not be available to do any interviews in connection with the DVD release.

US fans take note : Kudos has a habit of leaving the DVD extras out of the Region 1 DVD release, so you should seriously consider buying the Region 2 DVD box set if you wish to watch all the extras.

You can read more about Harry’s Game and the Top 10 Spooks Moments on page 2.

Trailer for the DVD release

Competition

We may be offered one or more prizes to give away as part of the publicity to be generated in connection with the DVD release. We are still waiting to receive further information from the relevant sources. Once we know, we will set out details of a competition here. We ran a similar competition back in March 2011 in connection with the Series 8 R2 DVD release.

Follow us on Twitter in order to receive all up to date news relating to competitions which we may run.


Update : 22 November 2011

Universal Playback has launched a Spooks S10 DVD competition and you can enter via its Facebook page.

You have to be logged in to your Facebook account in order to see the details relating to this competition. Once you’re logged in and “liked” that page, you will see that you have to collect four codes in order to complete the entry form. The first two codes have already been published and this Facebook page will give you links as to where you can find them. Universal Playback have not yet announced where the last two codes can be found, so you should check back on this Facebook page often.

After you have successfully lodged an entry form, your name will be entered into a lucky draw. There are lots of very interesting prizes being offered. Go and check it out now!

Digital Spy and Whats on TV are also running Spooks Series 10 DVD competitions.

Update : 30 November 2011

Our own Competition!

You can read the details of our very own Spooks S10 DVD competition HERE.

Order from Amazon UK

Order the box set from Amazon UK and help us raise money for Nicola’s favourite charity, the M S Society of the UK. Its simple. Just click on the link provided below and you will be taken to the Amazon UK website. From there, simply put the DVD box set into your shopping cart and complete your purchase within the next 90 days. However, please note that if later on, you delete this item from your shopping cart and add it back in without first clicking on the link provided below (or elsewhere in this fansite), the cookie trail will be lost and we will not earn a commission on that sale.

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Ruth Evershed Scrapbook

If you have not yet seen the last ever episode of Spooks which was transmitted in the UK on 23 October 2011, and do not know what happened to Ruth Evershed, Nicola’s character, then stop reading right now and click away.

On and off (mostly on) for over 10 years, Nicola has played “Ruth Evershed”, the super brilliant analyst on the Grid in Spooks. Following the transmission of the last ever episode of Spooks in the UK on 23 October 2011 in the UK, Nicola is done playing this character. In order to commemorate the end of Spooks, we would like to put together a scrapbook of messages and fan artwork for Nicola. If you would like to contribute, please Email Us with your contributions together with the following information :

  1. your name, or the name you would like to use for this scrapbook
  2. whether you agree to have your name disclosed in the final version of the scrapbook
  3. whether you agree to share your contribution with other fans who have made contributions – if there is sufficient interest and as long as everyone agrees to share, we may make the contents available online here or publish hard copies of the scrapbook, at cost, so that fans can buy a copy.

Tell Nicola how you met Ruth Evershed, how your friendship with this character has changed or influenced your life. Tell Nicola how you feel about her interpretation of Ruth Evershed on screen, and how you feel about the end of Spooks, in particular, how they dealt with Ruth Evershed in the end.

Putting your thoughts in writing or in artwork, and having this delivered to Nicola, may help you overcome any sadness in having to say goodbye to such a beloved TV show and a much loved character.

Your contribution can be in any form : thoughts, comments, poems and/or artwork. Your contribution will not be moderated or edited for content, unless the editorial team feel that any part is inappropriate for a scrapbook of this nature.

If you are contributing artwork, make sure that it is in a format that we can read (e.g. JPG files) and that you have made the settings of those files suitable for printing.

Want to just leave a message for Ruth / Nicola? Go to the next page.
(If you cannot see the clickable link for the next page, click on the title of this Post and try again.)

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Radio Times Q & A

In the issue of the Radio Times which was published in the UK on 18 October 2011, they included a most entertaining Q & A session with Nicola. A lot of regular visitors to this fansite have already accessed this article yesterday following tweets made by us on Twitter, or posts logged on one of the Spooks related forums. The scan is tucked under the Galleries=>Articles=>Spooks=>Spooks Series 10 section. Since this article is required reading for all Nicola fans, we thought we’d make it easier for you to find it by logging a separate post. Here it is :

click on the scan to view a larger image of this article

As always, the answers given by Nicola show what a warm, funny and genuine person she is in real life. She should do more interviews!

(Thanks to Lisa for providing us with this scan.)

Update : 23 October 2011

The online edition of this Radio Times Q&A is now available HERE.

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Spooks Series 10 pt

Go straight to the Episode 1 guide HERE.

For our Series 10 episode guide, go HERE.

For our report on the events which led up to the commissioning of Series 10 and sightings of Series 10 being filmed on location, read our Post HERE.

For our report on the announcement that Series 10 will be the last series and the announcement of a transmission date for episode 1, read our Post HERE.

© 2011 BBC / Kudos

Update : 15 September 2011

We have just received confirmation from an absolutely reliable source that the Region 2 DVD box set for Series 10 of Spooks will be released on 28 November 2011. Extras will include “Top 10 Spooks moments” as selected by cast and crew and a featurette called “Harry’s Game”. We may even be able to run a competition like we did when the Region 2 DVD box set for Series 9 was released. We will post more details as soon as we have more information. Put this on the top of your Christmas wish list! :D

Update : 20 October 2011

Kudos held an End-of-Series party in London today and invited all cast and crew from previous series to attend. We know via Twitter that Peter Firth was still held up filming World Without End in Budapest and was unable to attend. At this party, the last ever episode of Spooks (episode 6 of Series 10) was screened for all attendees. Rupert Penry-Jones (who played “Adam” from Series 3 to Series 7) was there and posted this pic on Twitter to tease fans.

DVD Preview Clip

Update : 20 October 2011

This clip has been released by Helen James Productions on YouTube. Its taken from an interview which Nicola and Peter Firth gave to HJP as an extra for the DVD. The clip can be considered spoilery for any one who has not yet seen any episode from Series 10, so please proceed with caution.

@kraysler was there, on the streets of London, the day Nicola turned up to film the DVD extras with HJP. She didn’t see the actual filming of the extras, but she saw a bit of the filming of episode 5 from Series 10. You can read her report HERE.

Update : 28 October 2011

For reasons unknown, Helen James Productions have now removed the YouTube clip of the Series 10 DVD teaser clip (see link above). We’ll keep the link for now, in case they change their minds and make it available again.

Click the link below and pre-order the Region 2 box set NOW!

Update : 23 October 2011

The Telegraph takes a look at “Spooks – the Spies who are the Good Guys” HERE.

Pre-order from Amazon UK

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Spooks : End of an Era


For more background information about the filming of Series 10, please read our companion Post.

After months of rumours and speculations on the internet (Twitter and various Spooks forums), Kudos, the production company behind Spooks, have finally made a formal announcement that Series 10 will be the last ever series for Spooks. You can read more about it in this Guardian article.

HERE is the official BBC Press Release about the end of Spooks.

HERE is Ian Wylie on the end of Spooks, with a short audio clip from Nicola on how she feels about this.

HERE is Cultbox’s report on this subject, complete with comments from Sam Vincent, writer of various episodes in Series 10. This piece also includes that BBC Drama trailer, in full, with no geographic restrictions.

HERE is another Guardian article commenting on the passing of Spooks.

Please take a moment now to observe a 30 second silence for the passing of a great TV show.

What’s going to happen to Harry and Ruth?

It is interesting to see this comment from Jane Featherstone, chief executive of Kudos and Spooks,

It was during the writing of the episodes [for Series 10] about Harry’s past and his relationship with colleague Ruth that [I] realized [I] wanted Spooks to end. … We’ve followed the arc of their personal story and I think they’ve brought us to a natural end, which you will all see played out later this year.

There is only one of three ways things can end for Harry and Ruth :

  • they finally get together (but Spooks is not known for doing happy endings)
  • they break up and go their separate ways, either voluntarily or because one of the characters get killed off (Spooks have done that too many times in the past, its getting old for its shock value)
    or
  • they leave the two characters “as is”, that is, neither moving forwards nor backwards (that would be most unsatisfying for fans).

The cast have already done interviews with various media sources in connection with Series 10. In particular, the Telly Rocket (@TheTellyRocket, the Sunday Express TV Editor’s Twitter account) have logged this tweet

Just did lovely chat with #spooks Nicola Walker. She told of audacious climax to series. Sounds brilliant. Chat to run autumn.

Spooks and Nicola fans, you can draw your own conclusions with that comment!

Old face(s) returning in Series 10?

In that Guardian article, Jane Featherstone did not rule out an old face or two “returning during flashback scenes to explain Harry’s past”. Indeed, Rupert Penry-Jones (@rpenryj) has also tweeted something to the same effect, though he said that he himself will not be returning. This Sun article went further and posted photos of two former Spooks to go with their article.

Who do you think will return? Who would you like to see come back, however briefly, to explain Harry’s past?

Transmission Date for Series 10

Although there has been no formal announcement from the BBC, through various sources, we have been told that Spooks Series 10 is likely to be transmitted in the UK during the second half of September 2011. This is further bolstered by the fact that an anonymous source has logged a post on one of the Spooks forums to the effect that the Series 10 Region 2 box set will be released in November 2011, as a two disc package.

We already know that there will only be 6 episodes for Series 10. We also know from tweets logged by Helen James Productions (@HelenJamesProd) that they are once again putting together extras for the Series 10 box set. We don’t know how will they be able to fit all 6 episodes and the Extras on two discs?!

On the brighter side

Now that Nicola is done with filming Spooks, it will free her up to accept other, possibly more interesting, projects. We would love to see her take on a comedy series next, as we all know, from Chalk [TV] and the Big Town All Stars [Audio] what a great comedic actress she can be. If we get to meet with her after a performance of Di and Viv and Rose [Stage] during its run, we will certainly grill her for more information on this subject.

In the meantime, got a comment (which you can leave below) about the passing of Spooks and/or what will happen to Harry and Ruth?

Update : 11 August 2011

By now, over 55 news outlets are carrying the press release about the end of Spooks. However, many of their reports are inaccurate. The BBC did not axe or cancel the show. Kudos made that decision alone, even though the BBC asked it to reconsider. There is a difference.

Then there is this pic from the Sun report. This photo is not available in the online version of the Sun article and comes to you courtesy of @crazycazzz.

Here is another version of that pic

What do you think? Hope for all the Harry and Ruth fans out there, or disinformation intended to soften the blow when the episodes actually air and we do not get the ending that we want?

Update : 12 August 2011

Jane Featherstone of Kudos was interviewed on BBC Breakfast this morning. For those of us who missed this programme, and for the non-UK based fans who may not have access to this show, the great Ian Wylie has prepared a transcript, complete with audio clip, and you can access it HERE.

As for the return of some likely old faces, the Sun was a little coy and simply included pics of Matthew MacFadyen (Tom) and Keeley Hawes (Zoe) in their article with a brief indication that some old faces might return. The Daily Mail is more open and came right out with “Hawes and MacFadyen are believed to have been invited back to reprise their roles in the final six episodes of the MI5 drama”. Meanwhile, the Telegraph seems to be labouring under some misapprehension that Lucas North (Richard Armitage) is still alive out there, somewhere.

Digital Spy has summed up fans’ reaction perfectly about the end of Spooks!

Update : 23 August 2011

@ianwylie posted the following tweets today :

Spooks 10 ep 1 is an assured return as Sir Harry’s final secrets begin to unfold. Thrilling opener ahead of The End.

For those asking, Spooks returns to BBC1 next month but exact date still under wraps and never certain until schedules are finalised.

Spoke to Peter Firth in April about the Spooks 10 revelations. Good to see Harry given some cracking script lines in ep 1.

Update : 24 August 2011

Cultbox has posted 10 lines of dialogue from the first episode of Series 10 of Spooks. They do not contain spoilers, and you may have a fun time guessing which Spooks characters delivered the lines in question. Don’t click on the link if you do not wish to know about these lines.

Update : 1 September 2011

taken from the Prime Focus World website

The BBC Programme Information page for week 38 announces that Series 10 will premiere sometime during the week from 17 – 23 September 2011, with the exact date and time to be announced. HERE is more information about the first episode – the description is a little spoilery so don’t click on that link if you do not wish to know what happens in episode 1.

Cultbox has previously tweeted that all official publicity photos for Series 10 are embargoed until 13 September 2011. Go to the Cultbox website NOW to vote for Nicola as UK cult TV’s sexiest female!

Update : 5 September 2011

Culbox has an exclusive interview with Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley, the main scriptwriters for Series 10 of Spooks. Part 1 can be found HERE. The interview is relatively spoiler-free. Part 2 will be online on Friday, 9 September 2011.

We still don’t have an official airdate for episode 1 though the Cultbox website has a clip of the brief preview promo which ran on BBC TV as from Sunday.

Update : 7 September 2011

Finally, we have an official air date for episode 1 of Series 10, the last ever Spooks series. In their inimitable wisdom, the BBC is scheduling Spooks on Sunday nights, at 9 pm (starting from 18 September 2011), which puts it squarely against Series 2 of Downton Abbey airing on iTV at the same time. HERE is the Guardian article on this subject. The Press Association has something similar to say.

What do you think? Inspired scheduling, or the BBC not giving a damn that the last ever Spooks series might get killed in the ratings war between the two programmes?

Update : 9 September 2011

The second part of Cultbox’s exclusive interview with Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley can be found HERE.

HERE is the Radio Times’s thoughts on the scheduling of Spooks against Downton Abbey.

The Huffington Post UK is conducting a poll to see which show UK viewers will be watching come Sunday night, 18 September 2011. You can vote HERE.

Update : 10 September 2011

Thanks to ramblingscribe/HarryFan, here are :

the first teaser trailer for Spooks Series 10

and the first full trailer for Spooks S10

Getting proper excited about Series 10? I know that we are!

We shall now close this Post and start the proper Spooks Series 10 page, which you can access HERE.

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Spooks : There will be a Series 10

Scroll down the page for more updates on this matter.

We have stopped updating this Post now that it is clear that Series 10 will be transmitted in the UK in the week commencing 19 September 2011 and that this will be the last ever series of Spooks to be produced. Please read our companion Post for further updates on Spooks Series 10.

There will be a series 10 for Spooks.

We first became aware that this was a distinct possibility when Ian Wylie mentioned this in one of his tweets or blog posts on Spooks. The BBC held a press event in October at which they showcased to members of the press their new shows for the autumn and winter season. Ben Stephenson, head of BBC Drama, indicated at that function that Series 10 of Spooks will be commissioned.

The strongest confirmation that there will be a Series 10 of Spooks came at the end of episode 908 (which aired on BBC One on 8.11.2010) when this appeared on screen at the very end :

We believe that Series 10 is now in pre-production, and principal photography will take place between March and July 2011, followed by post production work, and the actual series will air sometime between September and November 2011.

Update : 9 December 2010

Nicola is expected to start work on Spooks Series 10 on 14 March 2011, i.e. the day after she finishes at the National Theatre in Season’s Greetings.

A French fan asked Nicola recently whether she would like her character, Ruth Evershed, to be Section Chief in Series 10. Nicola said, “oh yes, of course Ruth should be section chief, she doesn’t want Harry’s love … she wants to be out in the field …” She was only half joking (we think)!

Update : 7 February 2011

From Twitter, we hear that after recent a cast and crew screening of South Riding, an upcoming TV mini series in which Peter Firth has a small but important role, Peter told Ian Wylie that no firm decision has been made as to whether or not Series 10 will be the last series for Spooks, but he also added that one can never be sure with a show like Spooks. A few minutes later, Ian tweeted that “Spooks series 10 starts filming in March. My instinct (with NO inside info) is that it will be the last. But could be wrong.”

Update : 10 March 2011

From Twitter, we learn from exchanges of tweets between Sam Vincent (@smavincent), one of the Spooks scriptwriters, and other fans :

First read through of a Series 10 script took place today and it went OK
Nicola was in great form, very nice and funny as ever.

(In plain English, for those not familiar with production lingo – cast and crew will sit down to do a read through of a script before filming commences, they will work out which bits will work and which bits will not, the script writer then produces one or more (usually more) redrafts before shooting takes place. Frequently on Spooks, scripts will continue to be amended during the filming process.)

Update : 13 March 2011

From Twitter, we learn from an actor (@RussellBalogh) that he started filming a small part on Spooks Series 10 on Sunday, 13 March 2011.

Update : 1 April 2011

Ian Wylie has blogged about some casting changes for Series 10 which you can read HERE. Don’t read if you don’t want to be spoiled for what lies ahead in Series 10.

There has been more sightings of location filming reported via Twitter at the following places :

  • Canton Arms and Albert Square
  • City Hall
  • a street in Bermondsey
  • a street somewhere made to look like 80s Germany, said the tweeter
  • Drury Lane / Covent Garden
  • New Wimbledon Theatre
  • Albert Embankment
  • outside an office block somewhere, Peter Firth was spotted

And this is all in addition to the indoor scenes being filmed at the Grid set at Bermondsey!

Update : 26 April 2011

From the Spooks Fan Blog comes a report of more location filming, this time over a few days at the Chelsea Harbour Hotel in Peckham. Apparently all the signs near the entrance to the hotel were changed to German signs, thus suggesting that the hotel was masquerading as a hotel in Germany. Spooks fans have been speculating that this might have something to do with a look into Harry’s past dealings in Germany.

From the Spooks Information Central Forum, we know that the crew has also been filming recently around Peckham/East Dulwich for 5 days.

Update : 2 May 2011

Some casting spoilers from @ruther2 via Twitter :
You will see the names of some actors who have been cast in various roles in Spooks Series 10 on THIS PAGE. Most of these are for minor roles except for one person who is described as playing the younger version of THIS CHARACTER. (Click on the “Television” tab.) Don’t click on these links if you do not want to be spoiled.

In addition, the IMDb Spooks page has been updated to show the names of directors for each of the 6 episodes that will make up Series 10.  The Director for episodes 5 and 6 for Series 10 is interesting. He directed the very first two episodes of Series 1 and Series 2 and has been credited with creating the distinctive look and feel of Spooks.

Update : 5 May 2011

Over the past few months, there have been frequent sightings of Spooks filming in and around London which are reported on Twitter. Often, these tweets would be accompanied by photos of the crewing setting up a shot etc. We have not posted any of these photos, until now. Today, courtesy of @abby1412 on Twitter comes the first sighting of a Harry and Ruth bench scene being filmed. The location is somewhere along the Mall in London. Abby was told by the crew that this scene is for episode 3 of Series 10, which they think will screen sometime in either September or October 2011. See these pics for yourself. THANKS @abby1412 for letting us put these photos on this fansite.

Spooks crew setting up a shot at the Mall

Looks like Harry and Ruth on a bench along the Mall.

Update : 19 May 2011

Per @Quaiacom via Twitter, another Harry and Ruth sighting. This picture was taken by @Quaiacom this morning. They were filming by the side of the Thames. @Quaiacom said that it looked like Harry, Ruth and some other guy having an intense conversation, and then the other guy walked off, but Ruth and Harry stayed. According to Lady J on the Spooks Forum, the location is directly outside the National Theatre (on the South Bank) on the beach at low tide.

©Craig Holton (@Quaiacom)

Nicola appears to have shorter hair and for once, not in a black coat which goes below the knee. She looks good!

Here are two more pics obtained via @Terribly_Mauled on Twitter

©David Mather (@Terribly_Mauled)

©David Mather (@Terribly_Mauled)

Here’s a pic of the same scene but taken from another angle. Thanks to Shiv11 for letting us use this pic.

Update : 19 May 2011(2)

Helen James Productions (@HelenJamesProd) announced via Twitter that they will be doing the Extras for the Series 10 DVD box set. Helen James Productions were also responsible for the two extra features which were included in the Series 9 DVD box set.

Update 8 June 2011

A Spooks fan flew all the way from Boston to London, specifically to see if she could find the Spooks team on location shooting. She was not disappointed. Here is an album of her photos and two short videos.


 
 

 
 

 
 
Many thanks to @kraysler for letting us put these on this fansite.

We subsequently found out that Nicola was not actually required for any scenes on that Sunday (5 June 2011) though she turned up to do interviews with Helen James Productions for the Series 10 DVD Extras! So that scene of Nicola walking away with Peter Firth is not actually a scene from Series 10.

Update 11 June 2011

Here’s more video from @kaysler
 

 

 

 

Update 12 June 2011

You can read a detailed report of @kraysler’s close encounters with the Spooks crew HERE.

Update 15 June 2011

Another great video taken by @kraysler during her recent trip to London, this time featuring the wonderful Nicola and one of the Spooks crew
 

 

Update 18 June 2011

Another video from @kraysler, this time with Nicola viewing some rushes with Chris Fry, the producer.
 

 

Update 11 August 2011

Please also read our companion Post on this subject.