Tim (Darren Boyd) is a single father trying to win back the respect and affections of his precocious nine year old son, Marcus. In the hope of proving that he is not a complete loser, Time quits his dead-end job but his life changes forever when he is accidentally recruited as a trainee spy for MI5.
Supervising Tim at work is irrepressible MI5 boss, The Examiner (Robert Lindsay), who teaches the recruits his own unorthodox approach to the espionage game. Adding to the chaos of Tim's life are his acidic ex-wife Judith, her enthusiastic new boyfriend Philip, their obsessive family therapist and his anti-social best friend Chris. And is there romance of the cards with fellow agent Caitlin?
Cast and crew interviews.
Television has had its fair share of reluctant and accidental spies before. But what Spy
has firmly in its corner is Darren Boyd, taking the role of Tim and considerably enlivening the show. Boyd took home a BAFTA for his role, and it’s thoroughly deserved, too: in a role that could be irritating, Boyd makes it comedy gold.
The series around him is strong, too. Series one features six episodes, which introduce the concept and then proceed to have a lot of fun with it. Simeon Goulden’s scripts boast no shortage of pace and wit, and the supporting cast is terrific. Look particularly to Robert Lindsay, seemingly having far more fun here than he ever did with My Family, and Rebekah Staton as colleague and potential romance interest Caitlin
The disc release also features a selection of interviews with the cast and crew, but doesn’t dig too much deeper than that. That’s a pity, but then, given that the show wasn’t widely seen on initial broadcast, the gold here is the chance to see the first six episodes in the first place. They’re set to be watched lots of times, we suspect… --Jon Foster