Spooks (2002–2011)

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Ruth is witness to a stranger killing himself in a subway station and is led to a series of clues which will change her world forever.


Kenneth Glenaan (as Kenny Glenaan)


Zinnie Harris


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Episode uncredited cast:
Jonathan Barlow Jonathan Barlow ... Mik Maudsley (uncredited)
James Dicker James Dicker ... Wesley Carter (uncredited)
Peter Firth ... Harry Pearce (uncredited)
David Fynn ... Policeman at Ruth's House (uncredited)
Nicola Goodchild ... Prison Security Guard (uncredited)
Nick Haverson ... IT Man (uncredited)
Raza Jaffrey ... Zafar Younis (uncredited)
Gugu Mbatha-Raw ... Jenny (uncredited)
Tim McInnerny ... Oliver Mace (uncredited)
Gary Milner ... Policeman in Cell (uncredited)
Hermione Norris ... Ros Myers (uncredited)
Rupert Penry-Jones ... Adam Carter (uncredited)
Miranda Raison ... Jo Portman (uncredited)
Hugh Simon ... Malcolm Wynn-Jones (uncredited)
James Vaughan James Vaughan ... Head of MET (uncredited)


Ruth Evershed finds herself in the middle of an investigation when a man for whom she provided change at a tube station commits suicide by jumping in front of the train. The man, it turns out, was Mik Maudsley at one time the head of security for the prison system and someone who was present at Cotterdam prison, the site of a major fire. The Special Branch report on the incident is due out that same day and it turns out to be a complete whitewash. Ruth is convinced that her meeting Maudsley was intentional and that he has left her a series of clues to follow. Harry Pearce decides to take on Oliver Mace, but he's quite prepared to play hardball and is quite prepared to accuse Ruth of having pushed Maudsley into the train. Written by garykmcd

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2 October 2006 (UK) See more »

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Unfortunately this type of error is common in TV shows, but the fact is that there would have been no time for the Chinese handgun to have been discovered, taken back to headquarters and forensically tested to prove that it was the same one which killed Abdul, as Mace incorrectly states. Such testing involves firing the same kind of ammunition into a special test tank to retrieve the spent round, and then microscopically comparing it with the round retrieved from Abdul's body during an autopsy to match the striations left by the weapon's rifling. Neither was there time for Abdul's body to have been autopsied, so there was no way to know what weapon was used to kill him. See more »


Adam Carter: Have you heard the news, Oliver?
Oliver Mace: No. Is it good?
Adam Carter: The defense secretary is with the PM now, resigning. The PM himself is going to have to face Parliament. God knows what they're going to do with you.
Oliver Mace: I'll get my wrists slapped. They'll re-invent my post. You can't stop the inevitable.
Adam Carter: Oh, I think we can.
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