A gripping British antidote to the counter-terrorism related drama thats coming from the US, Spooks
secret agents are back on superb form in this enthralling fourth season. The DVD set features all ten episodes, and theres an immense amount to enjoy.
For those new to Spooks, its a drama thats packed with twists and turns, clever characterisation, conspiracies and a generous dollop of intrigue. The Spooks of the title are counter-terrorism spies, living in a constant world of danger, and some of the edgy plotlines of this and the seasons that preceded it are testament to that.
After the minor criticisms levelled at season three, this fourth series jumps back into action, and while you wont find spoilers here, it quickly exceeds expectations. So when the credits roll at the end of the superb final episode, there are few who wont be checking out a release date for the fifth series.
Inevitable comparisons to 24 ensue, but the beauty of Spooks is that it has enough verve and enough ideas to carve out a niche all of its own. Its an excellent piece of British television drama, and while its tough approach wont engage with all, the majority are likely to find themselves hooked. And quickly. --Jon Foster
All 10 episodes from the fourth series of the television espionage drama, following a team of officers in MI5. In this series, as the team members of Section B are attending Danny's funeral, the church is rocked by the shockwave of a percussive blast. A bomb has exploded in a nearby market area and an American-based group calling itself Shining Dawn is claiming responsibility for the atrocity. Demanding the release of their incarcerated leader, the terrorists threaten to detonate a bomb, each designed to cause the maximum number of casualties, in central London every ten hours until their demands are met. A team of American agents with experience of dealing with Shining Dawn is brought in to The Grid to assist Section B. Among them is a English woman and former Washington agent, Juliet Shaw (Anna Chancellor), who knows more than a few sensitive secrets about Harry's (Peter Firth) past. Episodes are: 'The Special (Part 1)'; 'The Special (Part 2)'; 'Divided They Fall'; 'Road Trip'; 'The Book'; 'The Innocent'; 'Syria'; 'The Russian'; 'The Sting'; and 'Diana'.