Spooks Final Season Airdate Set

The tenth and final season of the long running spy drama “Spooks” (known as “MI-5” in the U.S.) is scheduled to get underway on the BBC next Sunday, September 18th. The six-episode run will go head-to-head with the second season of ITV’s costume drama “Downton Abbey”.

With Lucas North (Richard Armitage) gone, the opening episode picks up from last season’s shocking finale with boss Harry Pearce (Peter Firth) on leave and Section D with a new leader Erin Watts (Lara Pulver) who has brought her own field officer Calum Reed (Geoffrey Streatfeild) to the grid.

Max Witt, a retired spy and Harry’s colleague in Berlin during the Cold War, is found murdered by an unknown assassin. At the same time Russia’s foreign ambassador (Tom Weston-Jones) and Harry’s opposite number in the KGB for much of the 1980s comes to London to negotiate a strategic partnership between Russia and UK.

One thorny issue – the ambassador’s wife (Alice Krige) was a secret asset of Harry’s during that time in Berlin. The series will focus a lot on Harry’s past and his tumultuous relationship with Ruth (Nicola Walker) will be brought to a head. Also returning are Dimitri (Max Brown), Tariq (Shazad Latif), and the Home Secretary (Simon Russell Beale) but Sophia Myles will not be back as Beth Bailey, her character will be stated to have been “decommissioned”.