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Spooks: Code 9 (BBC Series) [2008] [DVD]

Joanne Frogatt , Liam Boyle    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
2.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Joanne Frogatt, Liam Boyle, Ruta Mintas, Andrew Knott, Georgia Moffett
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Contender Entertainment Group
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Sep 2008
  • Run Time: 294 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0011D7AEY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,934 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

In 2013 the world endures a nuclear attack. With much of London devastated, MI5 set up field offices in the north of England. Six new officers join the MI5 and their mission is to search for the bombers, which could end up becoming more close to home than they realise.


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132 of 142 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Kudos should be ashamed of this turkey 12 Aug 2008
Format:DVD
Kudos productions has been probably the biggest success story in British broadcasting in recent years with "Spooks", "Hustle" and "Life on Mars" but their new "Spooks" spin-off "Spooks: Code 9" is a very different story.

The scenario of Britain after a nuclear attack on London was potentially very exciting and offered much scope for the kind of excellent writing and acting for which the original "Spooks" has become known. Unfortunately what we are given is is an embarrassing and deeply silly story of teenage spies that fails on almost every level. Bad writing, bad plot, bad directing, bad casting and bad performances.

All drama relies on the ability of the audience to suspend their disbelief and there was no way we could seriously be expected to accept that the nation's security was in the hands of a group who looked as if they should be concentrating on passing their A-levels rather than playing with guns. A spy-master who doesn't shave more than once a week? I don't think so. Frankly I half-expected these junior MI5 heroes to catch a baddy who would curse them Scooby-style - "I would have gotten away with it if it hadn't been for you pesky kids".

"Spooks: Code 9" has little or nothing to do with the real "Spooks" and is just a way for Kudos to cash in on the franchise with this cheap, shallow and unconvincing tosh. Hopefully Kudos will realise that they are undermining their own reputation and both they and the BBC will quietly put this turkey out of its misery.
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80 of 86 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars [spooks] CODE 9? . . . [spooks] AGE 9, more like 13 Aug 2008
Format:DVD
As a fan of the original, I looked forward to this. Boy, was I disappointed! I think 20 minutes was enough suffering to endure and more than sufficient to conclude that it must surely have been destined for CBBC and wandered into BBC3 by mistake.
From the very start, it was totally implausible. The writing was crass, the acting banal and the "characters" non-existent. It gets 1 star because I can't give less.
If you are looking for more of the real Spooks, steer clear of this; Danny must be spinning in his grave. I suggest that the entire series should be chucked in the nearest deep-fat fryer.
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62 of 67 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid like a nuclear bomb..... 11 Aug 2008
By Mr. Sean Harris VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
"Spooks", the highly acclaimed BBC spy drama, has long been valued for its gritty and raw intensity. Creative and tension thumping story lines delivered by a range of talented actors make "Spooks" an excellent show for anyone who enjoys political dramas or stories of spies.

Spooks Code 9, however, fails to follow in the shadows or footsteps of "Spooks" to such an extent that it is near impossible to see why it has even been published under the same branding. Set in the aftermath of a nuclear bomb in the not too distant future, the security services have been re calibrated. Viewers are told that since 'terrorists are getting younger... new and youthful spies are being recruited to fight the new threats'.

Thus, a new breed of uninteresting and slightly post-puberty spies are trying to learn the ropes of playing with gadgets and dealing with equally unimpressive terrorists. Sadly, the show seems to lack creative input in terms of story, and this is combined with a cast who seem inexperienced for a show of this genre.

"Spooks" season 7 will begin this autumn and hopefully the MI5 team will be back in full glory to deal with the new and rising threats of terrorists and even low budget poorly written dramas like Spooks Code:9.

Spooks Code:9 has only just begun and so may still gather some interest and momentum. In the meantime, however, it appears to be leaving a slight scar on the highly acclaimed "Spooks" franchise. My advice is to simply avoid this show like a nuclear bomb.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Utter rubbish!!!! 28 Oct 2008
Format:DVD
If you're looking for something like spooks series 1-6, then don't bother with this. Actually don't bother with this at all!! Unless you enjoy watching terrible acting, bad dialogue and a pretty rubbish performance all around.
The idea of a group of teenage spies fighting terrorism is ridiculous and something that you would most likely find on the disney channel. It might have sounded like a good idea on paper but on the screen it's awful. It doesn't have the fast paced drama or storyline that you would expect from spooks and while watching all you think about is how rubbish the acting etc. is throughout.
Buy at your own peril!!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Embarrassing cringeworthy TV 23 Aug 2008
By Wibblah
Format:DVD
Admittedly I've been going of spooks for some time ever since it's original cast rolled off and the producers refocussed on increasingly implausible plots cobbled together with a bigger special effects budget. But this spin off is in a class of it's own. Given the strength of the franchise it had to be something special to make we want to write this review; but the BBC has outdone itself this time. Not a single redeeming feature of this program to speak of. The concept, plot and acting are so below par you could be forgiven for thinking this some dodgy US import.

I honestly cannot believe the BBC didn't scrap this whole project after seeing the first episode; it's utter tripe and certainly not worthy of airing any time let along near primetime. Given the funding the BBC gets you would have thought that quality control was a priority, but clearly this one has slipped through.

At best, it's suited for childrens TV. Lets hope the BBC tin this effort as soon as possible. I'd much rather turn the box off than be forced to sit in front of this disaster.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars spooks code 9
This is the most unbelievable load of crap ive seen for years, tagging this with the "spooks" label is a vain attempt to attract spooks fans, the real spooks series was brilliant,... Read more
Published 6 months ago by M. Frost
2.0 out of 5 stars Spooks : Spooky that this was made.
Now being from a family that loves Spooks and having every series on dvd, it was inevitable that we would be getting this. Thank goodness I bought this cheap, secondhand. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Big D
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring!
Not impressed - was expecting Spooks standards but was extremely disappointed. Watched one episode and have given it away. Shame.
Published 11 months ago by S S King
5.0 out of 5 stars spooks code 9 [bbc series] [2008] dvd
this is very good dvd it is a follow -on to the excellent spooks programme very well acted there is of action in this dvd
Published 13 months ago by Julie Dalton
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the Spooks i know
A spin off i did not realise of the original Spooks series. Do not like it, suppose i was expecting the other characters.
Published 14 months ago by D. J. Washington
1.0 out of 5 stars Toy Spooks
Sorry to say this DVD series is not a patch on the origional SPOOKS series shown on the BBC. It carries no weight and is only suitable to be awarded 1/10. Read more
Published on 18 Nov 2011 by ctumezza
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Entertainment
I was only just getting into Spooks when this spin-off series was screened on Three, so I didn't bother with it. Read more
Published on 27 Aug 2011 by R. EDWARDS
3.0 out of 5 stars We enjoyed it.
In spite of the reviews almost all rotten we decided to give it a try. We were delighted with the fresh and engaging writing and the good acting. Read more
Published on 3 Feb 2011 by Edmund
1.0 out of 5 stars The acting is dreadfull
I purchased this based on the enjoyment from watching "SPOOKS".
How wrong can one be!
It was if the actors were reading from the script. Read more
Published on 23 Nov 2009 by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars DREADFUL - More MFI than MI5
I was so looking ofrward to this series having become addicted to Spooks. I managed to sit through 15 mintues hoping it was going to get better - it didn't. Read more
Published on 28 Sep 2009 by Freespirit
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