The year is 2013. Thames House is gone and regional MI5 Field Offices have sprung up
in its place.
Are six young new recruits tough, moral and clever enough to protect
Spooks: Code 9 is a new six-part drama for BBC Three, due to be broadcast in August 2008.
London has been evacuated following a nuclear bomb and the
country's power base has shifted north. In the wake of the attack, MI5 must
completely restructure and establish field offices across the UK, working to
gather intelligence from the very heart of local communities.
They need young,
new officers on the ground – and fast. Luckily, Britain's youth is more than up
to the challenge and is fighting back from the attack with a new sense of
patriotism, combined with the hedonism that comes from being face to face with
their own mortality. It is members of this new generation of patriots who help
make up MI5's new Field Office 19.
"After the bomb, MI5 needed new officers with ability, dedication and potential
on the streets as soon as possible," explains producer Chris Fry. "The team
rallied to this call and joined MI5 in the weeks following the bomb.
exception of their team leader, none of them have been in the field for more
than four months and they will continually find themselves in situations beyond
their experience and training – they'll only succeed through grit and
Led by experienced spook Hannah (Joanne Froggatt, Life On Mars) the rookie team
is made up of Charlie (Liam Boyle, Drop Dead Gorgeous), a mathematician and
genius problem solver, Rachel (Ruta Gedmintas, The Tudors), an ex-police officer
with ambitions to be a leader, and Jez (Heshima Thompson, Prime Suspect: The
Final Act), a new breed of spook altogether – a former criminal gone straight.
Vik (Christopher Simpson, Brick Lane) chose MI5 over a career in his family's
business, while Rob (Andrew Knott, The History Boys) was a junior doctor at the
time of the bomb and Kylie (Georgia Moffett, Doctor Who) was a psychology
student just back from her gap year.
"Nearly one year on from the bomb,
Britain is starting to get back to something resembling normality," says executive producer Karen Wilson.
the surface, there have been massive changes: terror warnings and security
checkpoints are regular features of everyday life, and there's a flourishing
black market in everything from ID cards to anti-radiation drugs.
"This is the
world of Spooks: Code 9 and it holds a whole new set of dangers for MI5's young
Sarah Brandist, Commissioning Editor, Independent Drama, says: "It's brilliant
to have the chance of looking into the future of Spooks with Spooks: Code 9 on
"The series promises to be as entertaining and action-packed as
Spooks on BBC One has always been, whilst bringing a more maverick, younger
Danny Cohen, Controller of BBC Three, says: "I'm hugely looking forward to
seeing this new drama on BBC Three. I'm a big fan of Spooks and believe that
this new show will bring a dynamic cast of young actors to BBC audiences."
In line with BBC Three's multi-platform strategy, Spooks: Code 9 will be
accompanied by an exciting online extension, produced by Kudos and leading
alternate reality game studio Six to Start.
The series will include a live
alternate reality experience that provides a multi-dimensional setting for the
show and allows viewers to explore and contribute to this changed world.
Spooks: Code 9 is a Kudos production, commissioned for BBC Three by Jane
Tranter, Controller, BBC Fiction, and supported by Screen Yorkshire. Created by
David Wolstencroft and written by Cal Bedford, Howard Overman, Ben Schiffer,
Tony Basgallop, James Moran, Cameron McAllister and Jack Lothian. Directed by
Brendan Maher, Mat Whitecross and Toby Haynes, and produced by Chris Fry.
Executive Producers are Simon Crawford Collins and Karen Wilson for Kudos Film
and Television and Sarah Brandist and Eleanor Moran for the BBC.