MI-5 8 Seasons 2002

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Season 1
(216) IMDb 8.3/10

3. Episode 3 TV-14 CC

Working undercover, Zoe attends a function at the State Consulate of Turkey. Whilst still inside, the building is dramatically stormed by heavily armed Kurdish freedom fighters. Led by the beautiful Leyla Ahmed (Katie Jones), the terrorists demand the release of fellow paramilitaries back home.The Kurds use the threat of violence to impose a siege and, for now, they're in control.

Peter Firth, Hugh Simon
52 minutes
Original air date:
May 27, 2002

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Season 1

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Genres Drama, Thriller
Starring Peter Firth, Hugh Simon
Supporting actors Nicola Walker, Rupert Penry-Jones, Miranda Raison, Hermione Norris, Rory MacGregor, David Oyelowo, Richard Armitage, Raza Jaffrey, Keeley Hawes, Shauna Macdonald, Matthew Macfadyen, Shazad Latif, Gemma Jones, Robert Glenister, Anna Chancellor, James Dicker, Max Brown, Simon Russell Beale
Season year 2002
Network BBC America
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The end of the last episode in Series 1 is one of the best I've ever seen.
Mr. Joe
This IS British drama at its best, the plot, the script, the acting and the pace are very very well done and its a delight to watch.
Mr. N. C. Curror
This is English drama at its best--with snappy dialogue, enthralling character development and realistic suspenseful plots.
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145 of 149 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Joe TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 13, 2004
Format: DVD
There've been some uncommonly intelligent spy films produced by British television: TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY and SMILEY'S PEOPLE (both starring Sir Alec Guinness as the owlish George Smiley), and THE SANDBAGGERS miniseries. In all three, the agency involved is Her Majesty's Secret Intelligence Service (MI-6). The operatives are a tweedy lot, and the headquarters, either at the old "Circus" or the more modern Century House, are, like the remains of Empire, comfortably shabby. Thus, it was with some misgivings that I began MI-5, the ongoing glitzy miniseries featuring the SIS's less glamorous sister also known as the Security Service, which like America's FBI, deals with domestic intelligence, anti-subversion and counter-terrorism. The glitz is of Hollywood proportions - almost, for me, an instant turn-off. I'm glad I stuck with it.

The lead "spook" is Tom Quinn, played by Matthew MacFadyen. He runs an undercover operations team, the most prominent members of which are Zoe Reynolds (Keeley Hawes) and Danny Hunter (David Oyelowo). The interior of MI-5's London HQ, Thames House, is ultramodern and high tech; the CIA probably never had it so good. Tom's boss is the hardboiled and sphinx-like Harry Pearce, played by Peter Firth.

Admittedly, I didn't become engaged until episodes three and four, when I realized that the intricate scripts, fast-paced and tautly presented, transcended the glitz. I'm now hooked, and eagerly await the DVD release of the Season 2 episodes in late 2004. My only remaining complaint is the too clever lead-in to each episode which requires excessive button-pushing on the remote to navigate. I mean, just get on with it. Prince Charles will become King in a shorter time.
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65 of 68 people found the following review helpful By D. Mok on August 14, 2005
Format: DVD
When I played the first episode of MI-5, Volume 1, my heart sank farther and farther over the course of the next hour. The cinematography was weirdly cheery, the villains were completely without menace, and the main characters were confusing, vaguely characterized, and seem a little too young for the genre of the show. After this episode, I was already thinking about how much I'd fetch when I send this DVD set to a second-hand bin.

But as Episode 2 rolled along, it's like the show woke up from slumber and began to gallop.

The comparisons to 24 are a little convenient -- two espionage shows on two sides of the Atlantic, both surfacing around the crucial year of 2001? But if you go into MI-5 expecting the ferocious action, ruthless characters, endless treacheries and gritty camera work of 24, you'd probably be a little disappointed. MI-5 doesn't quite have the gut punch of 24 -- few shows do -- but what it does have is a very good cast, unusual plotting, a quirky sense of humour, and an eye for detail for the minutiae of life in espionage. Also, because it's not bound to the real-time and L.A.-centric conceits of 24, MI-5 is actually broader in scope, dealing with Irish terrorists, Islam, race-motivated hate crimes, and European anarchists all within the first six episodes collected here.

While I was initially skeptical of how babyfaced the actors looked, they prove to be very fine performers. According to the supplementary materials on the DVDs, half of the members of MI-5 in real life are under the age of 40, so in that respect, the casting would make sense.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader VINE VOICE on January 9, 2005
Format: DVD
I first became addicted to this show, known as Spooks in the UK, when it first appeared on A&E. MI-5 is an example of television at its finest. This show gives us a fictional insider view of Britian's domestic intelligence division known as MI-5, and we're not talking James Bond (anyway, he was MI-6). This show presents these people as patriots fighting to keep their country safe, but it's also not afraid to present the morally questionable side, as well -- not something you usually see on American television. In the US, when a show like this is made it treats the players as heroes making a great sacrifice to keep the country safe, rarely as human beings who sometimes have to make morally questionable decisions, decisions that force them to question whether they are doing the right thing or not. Shows like Alias and 24 come close, but they are more thriller shows with thriller plots and violence. This show works in real-time, often using real-time events as catalyst for their plots. What sets this show apart from the likes of Alias and 24 is the human factor: the series focuses more on the human drama than it does the thriller elements. Matthew MacFadyen is absolutely wonderful as Tom Quinn, who over time begins to wonder about the decisions he's had to make and the affect they've had on his life and those around him. Keeley Hawes as Zoe Reynolds, David Oyelowo as Danny Hunter, and Peter Firth as Harry Pearce are exceptional supporting players. Don't let the British setting keep you from watching this series. Unlike any show currently on television in America, based in America, this series reminds us there is still a war on terror and we're only moments away from another disaster. It's edge-of-your-seat plotting and exceptional acting.
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