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Spooks: The Greater Good, filmed in London

Date posted: 06.05.2015

Believe it or not, this month marks 13 years since Spooks began its BAFTA-winning stretch on the BBC. As it embarks on its teenage years, the future of the franchise is looking promising. With 10 series under its belt, the feature-length Spooks: The Greater Good is set to arrive in UK cinemas this Friday.

Since 2002, Spooks has gripped audiences both in the UK and worldwide with its fast-paced action and relatable characters, along with a devil-may-care attitude towards killing off cast members that could put Game of Thrones to shame.

Faces old and new

While the series has been credited with boosting the careers of stars including Richard Armitage, Matthew Macfayden, Keeley Hawes and David Oyelowo, its feature-length incarnation welcomes a fresh cast of faces. Counted among them are rising stars Jennifer Ehle (Zero Dark Thirty) and Tuppence Middleton (The Imitation Game), while Game of Thrones' Kit Harington takes on the film's lead role.

Spooks: The Greater Good begins with the disappearance of series stalwart Harry Pearce (Peter Firth), who finds himself blamed when charismatic terrorist Adem Qasim (Elyes Gabel) escapes from custody during a high profile handover. As Qasim plots a devastating attack on MI5's London headquarters, former agent Will Holloway (Harington) is drafted in from Moscow to investigate. He soon uncovers a dangerous secret that threatens to put everyone at risk.

A capital production

While the faces might have changed, some Spooks elements remain comfortingly familiar. Key among these is the role of London, which remains at the heart of the franchise. As always, much of the action takes place in and around the mysterious environs of MI5 headquarters.

Spooks: The Greater Good makes great use of the city's iconic streets and landmarks, with the shoot taking in the bright lights of Shaftesbury Avenue, the concrete brutalism of the National Theatre and the sweeping views of Waterloo Bridge. London audiences can keep an eye out for a few less recognisable locations, including a Brixton internet cafe and Pall Mall's The Athenaeum Club doubling for Whitehall.


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