Spooks series six: MI5, not 9 to 5
Rupert Penry-Jones plays Adam Carter
Adam just about made it to the end of the last series intact – any more near misses this series?
He catches bubonic plague, he nearly drowns, he goes through about four near death experiences and has a very complicated love life this year. Which is pretty much how it is every year for Adam!
There's quite a few stunts for you this series – do you do all of them yourself and do you ever get hurt?
I do most of my own stunts, although there's a couple they won't let me do. There are some great ones this series – car chases, street fights and a really dramatic fight in the passenger cabin of a plane. There was one bit of scaling the outside of a house, which they decided wasn't safe for me to do. The team are very good about making the stunts look realistic and dangerous without actually putting me in harm's way!
How has Adam's relationship with Ros developed?
Well, without giving too much away, their relationship has definitely moved on, as you'll see in the first scene of episode one! Because of the job they do they find it very hard to trust each other, which would make a romantic relationship very tricky. Plus, Adam's having an affair with an asset which complicates things with Ros as well...
Which is your favourite episode in this new series?
I think episode eight is my favourite. There are just some lovely moments in there between Adam and Ros as all the deceit and tension from the whole series come to a head.
Spooks takes the form of a serial this year, and as usual is pretty topical with regards to world affairs – do you have concerns about dramatising these sensitive issues?
No, it's never gratuitous, they are issues that people are interested in; what's going on in the world today. I mean, of course it's fiction, but you do feel like you get an insight into what really could be happening.