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Spooks: Peter Firth to star in movie version of BBC spy thriller

By Mathew Wace Peck     Nov 2, 2013 in Entertainment
The popular BBC spy series “Spooks” (known as “MI-5” in the US), which ran for ten years is to transfer to the big screen, it has been announced, with Peter Firth reprising his role as MI5 chief Harry Pearce.
Spooks: The Greater Good will commence shooting in the first quarter of 2014, Screen Daily reports. It will be directed by Bharat Nalluri (Torchwood: Miracle Day), the originating director of the TV series, which began in 2001.
The original BAFTA-award-winning TV series, which was produced by Kudos for the BBC ran for ten seasons between 2002 and 2011.
According to Screen Daily, the premise of the movie centres around the MI5’s Head of Counterterrorism, Harry Pearce (Peter Firth), being blamed when a terrorist, Adam Qasim, escapes from MI5 custody during a routine handover. It continues:
When the disgraced Pearce disappears one night off a bridge into the Thames, his protégé Will Crombie is called in to help uncover what happened. With a devastating attack on London imminent, Will finds himself on the trail of a conspiracy that stretches from Vietnam to the Mediterranean.
Throughout its television incarnation, most of the main characters changed regularly; all except Firth, who played Pearce in all 86 episodes. Other movie cast members are yet to be announced.
When it began, joining Firth on Spooks (MI-5) were Matthew Macfadyen (Ripper Street), David Oyelowo (The Butler) and Keeley Hawes (Ashes to Ashes) as, respectively, Tom, Danny and Zoe. Other main cast members over the years included Nicola walker (Scott & Bailey), Jenny Agutter (The Railway Children), Rupert Penry Jones (Whitechapel), Richard Armitage (The Hobbit), Sophia Myles (Transformers: Age of Extinction) and Lara Pulver (Sherlock).
In 2008, Spooks (MI-5 in the US) spawned a spin-off series, Spooks: Code 9, which starred Georgia Moffett (Doctor Who), Liam Boyle (Awaydays) and Heshima Thompson (E20).
Joining Nalluri on the production side will be producers Jane Featherstone and Stephen Garrett for Kudos and Ollie Madden for Shine. The script has been written by Jonathan Brackley and Sam Vincent, both of whom worked on the TV series.
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