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The BBC Cancels 'MI-5'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Aug 11th 2011 6:00AM
'MI-5'It's the end of the road for Harry Pearce and the gang. It's been announced that stylish spy drama 'MI-5' -- a.k.a. 'Spooks' -- will bow out at the end of the upcoming Season 10, which is due to air in the UK later this year.

In a press release, the BBC said that 'MI-5' "has been famous for killing off its much-loved characters in their prime, and now the series itself is going to be killed off at the top of its game."

Jane Featherstone, Chief Executive, Kudos Films & Television, the makers of 'MI-5,' said "It's hard to believe that as 'Spooks' enters its tenth series, the world prepares to face the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 atrocities. It feels like now is the time for 'Spooks' to bow out and make way for new spy dramas which reflect the changing world around us."

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'MI-5' Gets an American Adaptation

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 12th 2010 7:00PM
ABC to adapt hit BBC spy thriller 'MI-5''MI-5' -- the series, not the British spy organization -- is coming to America. According to Deadline, ABC has acquired the American adaptation rights to the hit BBC drama 'Spooks,' which has been popular in the U.S. on PBS, BBC America and A&E under the name 'MI-5.' Michael Seitzmann ('Empire State,' 'North Country') will serve as writer and executive producer.

The series follows a group of British Security Service officers charged with protecting national security. It has been popular in the U.K., winning multiple BAFTAs, and has also been controversial for its gritty and sometimes all-too-real portrayal of torture and terrorism.

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Spooks coming to public television

by Brad Trechak, posted Jan 21st 2009 7:07PM
SpooksThe BAFTA Award-winning BBC program Spooks will be appearing on U.S. public television. Okay, it's now called MI-5, but the theory is the same. The show seems to be Britain's answer to 24 and from what I understand it's pretty good.

The interesting thing about the article for me was the fact that it's being released to public television. Let me put on my old person's hat for a moment and say that I remember the good old days when public television was the only place to watch BBC (or even British) shows. How do you think Monty Python got famous in the U.S.A.? Or Doctor Who? Now we have BBC America, Sci Fi and various other cable channels that show British imports.

Mind you, the nice thing about having this program on public television is that anybody with a set of rabbit ears on their T.V. can watch the program. However, you may need a digital converter box if you do.

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MI-5, S3, Ep. 9: "Frequently Asked Questions"

by Mark Rabinowitz, posted Mar 14th 2005 2:26AM
MI-5, Season 3 TeamMI-5 is, bar none, the greatest spy show in the history of television. Think I'm joking? I dare you to go out and rent the first season and tell me it's crap. No. Scrap that. Buy it. Look at the Google Ad Words on this page, click on them and buy the MI-5 discs. If you don't like them, I'll wash your car. I'll windex the top of your kitchen cabinets and clean out your vegetable bins that haven't seen the light of day since the Johnson administration. I'll spay your cat for free. Oh, you silly, silly person! I won't do any of those things for you. But if you think 24 is sharp, well-paced and clever, this will knock your socks off. In fact while watching that admittedly innovative Fox show, I find myself constantly thinking things like "What would Tom Quinn do?" Granted, MI-5 (or Spooks, its original UK title) has the "advantage" of being able to show characters relaxing at home, having personal lives, etc. and I do genuinely like 24. It's just that, well, MI-5 is better. Like, a $15 bottle of Bordeaux can be perfectly good, but a $40 bottle is, well, better.

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