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Spooks, Series 10 Episode 1 of 6

Ghosts from the past come back to haunt MI5 chief Harry Pearce, prompting a shocking revelation about his time as a spy during the Cold War.

Harry survives his MI5 employment tribunal and is quickly back on the Grid, where changes have been made to the team: Erin Watts is the new acting head of Section and she has brought with her Calum Reed, a brilliant field officer and technical genius. William Towers, the Home Secretary, is impressed by a report on Ruth that Harry prepared for the tribunal. He suggests to her that she should consider looking for promotion.

Buried secrets are unearthed when Max Witt, a retired spy and Harry's colleague in Berlin during the Cold War, is found murdered by an unknown assassin. Meanwhile Ilya Gavrik, Russia's foreign ambassador and Harry's opposite number in the KGB for much of the 1980s, has flown into London to negotiate a ground-breaking strategic partnership between Russia and UK. Naturally, Harry is deeply suspicious.

Towers insists that Harry put a lifetime of animosity behind him and make friends with the old enemy, a request made even more urgent when the killer of Max Witt now appears to be targeting Gavrik. Gavrik isn't in the UK alone; he has come with his wife Elena, and is joined by his son Sasha, a London-based FSB officer who is tasked with the security of his family while they are in the UK.

Elena was Harry's secret asset in Berlin during the Cold War. Back then, Harry got her to spy on her own husband. But when Elena reveals he has asked her to spy for him again, Harry realises that someone is pretending to be him. Now he must find out who that person is - and why.

58 minutes

Last on

Tue 20 Sep 2011 00:05
BBC One Northern Ireland

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Credits

Role Contributor
Harry PearcePeter Firth
Ruth EvershedNicola Walker
Dimitri LevendisMax Brown
Erin WattsLara Pulver
Calum ReedGeoffrey Streatfield
Tariq MasoodShazad Latif
Sasha GavrikTom Weston-Jones
Elena GavrikAlice Krige
Ilya GavrikJonathan Hyde
Home Secretary William TowersSimon Russell Beale
Jim CoaverWilliam Hope
Young HarrySam Reid
DirectorAlrick Riley
ProducerChris Fry
WriterJonathan Brackley
Young SashaAshton Callow
Young ElenaJenni Herzberg
LevrovJeffry Wickham
Pavel ZykovAndrew Byron
Julia DennisonJosette Simon
WriterSam Vincent
Rosie WattsAmy Hendrick
AnatolyJoe Wredden
Veronica DuranMagdalena Kurek
Marcus CollisonBen Loyd-Holmes
Female FSB OfficerEmma McMorrow
MI5 WomanRachel Edwards
Erin's MumLavinia Bertram
Max WittGiles Havergal