MI-5 8 Seasons 2008

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Season 7
(74) IMDb 8.3/10

1. Episode 1 TV-14 CC

An al-Qaeda cell kidnap a British soldier and demand that Remembrance Sunday be cancelled as it is an affront to all dead Muslim soldiers. MI5 hunt the cell but when they secure the release of former MI5 officer Lucas North in a secret spy swap, the team realise al-Qaeda have a new sponsor, the emerging superpower Russia -and there's a bomb.

Starring:
Peter Firth, Hugh Simon
Runtime:
1 hour 0 minutes
Original air date:
October 27, 2008

Episode 1

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Season 7

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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 2008
Network BBC America
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Good plot lines acting, and action.
Bookishfellow
I love the Spooks series and wish I lived in the UK so I did not have to wait for season 8!
Gabriela Vega
This is possibly the best MI-5 season.
Michael Ciavarella

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81 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Shopper on September 14, 2009
Format: DVD
MI-5 (or Spooks, its original title) is a long running, award winning British spy series that has enjoyed continued success in Britain and abroad. In the US however, A&E, PBS and BBCA have tried broadcasting the series (seasons 1-4) to universally disappointing ratings. It is no wander though: in order to accommodate commercials, each original episode was mercilessly cut down by a quarter of its running time (from 59 min to 45 min !!!), making it virtually incomprehensible. Thankfully, we have DVD's and can enjoy the series as it was intended! ;o)

Another good news is that Season 7 is the best yet and can be easily followed even without the benefit of the prior six seasons. In episode one we are introduced to a new character, Lucas North, a senior case officer released in a Russian-British spy exchange after eight years in a Russian prison. His story arcs thru entire season 7, though most episodes are self enclosed and deal with subplots relevant to today's viewer. We have nuclear attacks, bank collapse, and the thread of internal espionage (after eight years in Russia, to whom is Lucas really loyal?).

In addition to excellent writing, the series offers inspired casting in lead, supporting and visiting star roles. Mathew Macfayden (Pride and Prejudice), Rupert Penry Jones (Persuasion), Gemma Jones (Bridget Jones Diary), Hugh Laurie (House), Anthony Head (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) are only a few examples. In season 7, the handsome Richard Armitage (Robin Hood, North and South) is Lucas North. It is this actor's charisma as well as the return to Russians as the true and tried "bad guys" that brings new interest to the series.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Julia Walker VINE VOICE on January 29, 2010
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As a long-time time fan of spy flicks and Le Carré novels, I've awaited each new season of MI-5 (Spooks) with mixed anticipation and low dread. Surely, I think, it can't keep up the standard of excellence, both in plotting and production values; surely this season won't be as compelling as last; thus I surely I inoculate myself against disappointment.

And once again I need not have bothered. This season of MI-5 is a nail-bitting as the first, maybe even better. As other reviewers remark, it's not at all necessary to have seen the first 6 seasons to enjoy these episodes. That's one of the many benefits of the ever-changing cast. The other, of course, is realism. In that business, the players don't survive indefinitely. Whether it's casting by choice or by default - several actors have used this as a springboard - the turn-over of the team keeps the plots fresh and keeps silly stuff to a minimum.

In the last several seasons it's been interesting to watch the BBC give us a new global villain: us. The US. In this season, the gloves are really off in several episodes. While the immediate threat is Russia in most of these plots (practically nostalgic for Smiley fans) the driving force of several surprising characters is hatred of America.

Seeing ourselves through British/European eyes is spooky - salutary perhaps, but unsettling. Still, it's carefully done in a series that is amazingly good.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Judith Johnson VINE VOICE on January 16, 2010
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Tall, dark and handsome Richard Armitage (North & South) was still filming the final season of Robin Hood: Season Three when he joined the cast of MI-5. Taking up where Viggo Mortensen's character left off in Eastern Promises (Full Screen Edition), RA portrays Lucas North, a MI-5 agent imprisoned in Russia for several years. Swapped for a Russian spy in the first episode, North has sexy prison tattoos *check out Gnothi Seauton* and a burning desire to re-assume his rightful place in the intelligence agency. However, where do Lucas' loyalties really lie?

Tortured by flashbacks of harsh interrogation methods, North's readjustment pains are further heightened by the presence of his Russian former wife who has moved on with her life while he is haunted by the feelings he still harbors for her. RA looks stunning posing as a wealthy banker in a Savile Row tailored blue suit in one episode and when he speaks Russian with his honeyed baritone who needs a translator?

The rest of the MI-5 crew is here: Harry (Peter Firth), Ros (Hermione Norris) , and Adam (Rupert Penry Jones) along with an assortment of operatives, double-agents, handlers, turncoats, etc. Gemma Jones (The Winslow Boy) is outstanding in a cameo appearance. Be warned, however that this type of work is so dangerous that none of the cast is safe from TV death! The story line makes for interesting viewing especially with its Ian Flemingesque Russian location shots and fast paced action.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Gregg B. Walter on February 18, 2010
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If you have seasons 1-6 then you know season 7 had to be, well, it had to be the next WOW season! Once again MI-5 is the BEST thing on DVD! A must have for your collection! The only thing is what will happen to Harry in season 8? It's a shame it takes so long for each season it to come to the U.S. but hey it's something to look forward to!
Enjoy!
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