M.I. High

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M.I. High
M.I High Series 6 Tiltle Card.jpg
Current title card.
Genre Adventure, Sci fi, Mystery, Crime, Thriller Action
Format Children's spy-fi adventure drama
Created by Keith Brumpton
Directed by Richard Mark Elson
Toby Haynes
Simon Hook
Mat King
Zam Salim
Starring Chris Stanton (1—7)
Jonny Freeman (3—7)
Chanelle Owen(3-5,7)
Oyiza Momoh (6—7)
Sam Strike (6—7)
Oscar Jacques (6—7)
Julia Brown (7)
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 7
No. of episodes 88 (List of episodes)
Production
Producer(s) Alison Jackson
Running time Approx. 28 minutes
Production company(s) Kudos
Broadcast
Original channel CBBC & CBBC HD,
BBC One
Picture format 16:9 1080i HDTV
(2007–2014)
Original run Original series:
7 January 2007 (2007-01-07) – 31st March 2014[1][2]

M.I. High was a BBC children's spy-fi adventure series. It was produced for the BBC by the independent production company Kudos, who also produced the hit BBC spy drama Spooks. It follows in the success of the Young Bond and the Alex Rider series of books and films. M.I. High is recorded in high definition and is shown on the CBBC Channel and CBBC Outputs on BBC One and BBC Two. M.I. High is also shown on the BBC HD Channel. The series also frequently airs in Australia on ABC3.[3] As of October 2012 repeats of the series began airing on the UKTV channel Watch.[4]

Premise[edit]

The series following the adventures of four secondary school pupils who work as undercover spies. The spies are led by M.I.9 agent Frank London (Jonny Freeman) and working undercover as the school caretaker. All other spies' covers have been rumbled and the only spies left undercover are those still being trained, including those still in school. To get to their base 230 feet below the school, they slide a light switch across which reveals a finger print scanner lock. They enter the caretaker's store room and pull a broom which turns the floor into a high-speed lift which changes the spies' clothing and hairstyles. The identity of the overarching villains across Series 1-5, The Grand Master, and Series 6, The Mastermind remains a mystery within the show. The team must constantly save the world from domination by a variety of villains, hide their spy identities from their teachers and peers, and complete their school work.

Original Series Production[edit]

Writing[edit]

Producer of the series Kerry Appleyard revealed that the concept for the show came from the creator and writer of the show Keith Brumpton who had the idea it would be fun to do a kids spy show and worked on the concept that kids find it very hard to keep secrets.[5] MI5 and MI6 did not want the production team to uses their names in the television program but did allow them to use the name of the now defunct MI9 which back in World War II was in charge of covert operations in the UK and overseas and created various gadgets.[5] Producer Kerry Appleyard thought that it was appropriate because the show has a lot of fantastic gadgets.[5]

Casting[edit]

Series One and Two cast from left: Rose, Blane & Daisy.

When the auditions were held for the main characters of M.I. High, leaflets were sent out to schools and over a thousand kids were seen and Toby Haynes (Director), the Director had to pick three or four main characters.[5] When auditions for the part of Daisy Miller took place there were a hundred children that day to audition.[5] Bel Powley was in the middle of the crowd looking around and she caught Toby Haynes's (Director) eye when she was sitting down on the floor and he thought she had confidence, which was exactly what he was looking for.[5]

Rachel Petladwala heard about the audition through the leaflet that was read out in her assembly.[5][6] She and her friends thought they might as well have a go and when she got the part she was astonished.[5] In the audition for Rose Gupta the actress noticed that Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) was spelt wrong in the script and she told the Director (Toby Haynes) and he immediately knew she was right for the role.[5]

The main challenge according to Director (Toby Haynes) was taking school children and turning them into actors,[5] so they were given acting coaching before filming began.

Filming[edit]

M.I. High has been filmed in real schools and the M.I. High base is filmed in one of the school halls.[5]

Current Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

Series Seven cast from left Keri, Dan, Aneisha & Tom.
  • Aneisha Jones (Saint Heart's Student and M.I.9 Spy, Series 6-), played by Oyiza Momoh. Aniesha Jones is a field agent with Dan and Zoe. She fights KORPS, and is the master of disguise in the group.In episode 1, Series 7, we find out the Aneisha is Mrs. King's niece.[7]
  • Dan Morgan (Saint Heart's Student and M.I.9 Spy, Series 6-), played by Sam Strike. Daniel Morgan is a very good field agent with Zoe and Aniesha. He and Zoe are attracted to each other, as shown especially in episodes 9 and 13, Series 6, where he risks his life to save her. Melissa Allbright has a crush on him but he doesn't feel the same as he has feelings for Zoe .[7]
  • Tom Tupper (Saint Heart's Student and M.I.9 Spy, Series 6-) played by Oscar Jacques. Tom is the gadget boy of the group, he usually stays behind at base and guides the others through their missions, eating biscuits. He has a very sarcastic sense of humour. Tom gets jealous at times that he is usually required to stay in the base unlike the others.[7]
  • Keri Summers (Saint Heart's Student and M.I.9 Spy, Series 7-), played by Julia Brown. Keri is a clone of The Mastermind originally named J:4:5:K:3:R:1, and is effectively Zoe's 'sister'. She becomes an agent in the first episode of Series 7 and replaces Zoe. It is revealed in this episode that she received special treatment by KORPS that makes her ideal as a host of The Mastermind's consciousness, but KORPS threw her out, believing that it was unsuccessful. She, along with another clone, J:6:3:L:1:B:1 (Libi) received the treatment. Libi was found working for KORPS as a scientist, not knowing about her true purpose. She was later placed with a foster family by M.I.9.

Supporting[edit]

  • Frank London (Saint Hope's / Saint Heart's Caretaker / M.I. High's Supervising Agent, Series 3-) Played by Jonny Freeman is an M.I.9 agent deep undercover posing as Saint Heart's School's caretaker. Frank is also the father figure to all of his agents, especially Oscar Cole and Zoe. It seemed that in the beginning of Series 6, Frank used to date Stella (M.I.9 Head Agent) and in episode 13, it is revealed that they hadn't gotten over each other and shared a spontaneous kiss.
  • Stella Knight (Head of MI9) Played by Rebecca Palmer was the head of MI9, from Series 6 until the ninth episode of Series 7, when she was found out to be part of the secret league in MI9 (the League of Matahari) she was the one whose idea it was to kidnap the Minister of defence. She later appears in episode 12, when it turns out she was framed by Mike Stern and Hamish, and at the end of episode 13, is reinstated in MI9.
  • Hamish Campbell (Ex Head of MI9 Stationery / Head of MI9, KORPS agent, Series 7) Played by Finn Den Hertog. When the MI High team are investigating the League of Matahari they find a ten-year-old video of Hamish speaking of his investigation into the League. Before his investigation he was known as one of MI9's best agents. Aneisha even mentions that he managed to outsmart the Russian Embassy using wool from his jumper. After the investigation he was stood down as an agent. The story was that he was permanently affected by a paranoia serum on a mission, tried to get into the League but was turned down and saw conspiracies everywhere (an effect of the serum). This turns out to be false after the MI High team discover the truth about the League. After the League of Matahari was disbanded a new Head of MI9 was needed. After Frank refuses the job, Aneisha puts Hamish forward as he was the only one who stood up to the League from the beginning. He gladly accepts the job and there becomes the Head of MI9. At the end of Series 7 he is revealed to be a KORPS agent and is arrested.
  • Kenneth Armstrong Flatley (Saint Hope's/Saint Hearts' Headmaster Series 1-), played by Chris Stanton. He is the headmaster at Saint Hope's from Series 1-5 and at Saint Hearts from Series 6 onwards. He is unaware of the spying activities along with much else that happens in the school. He is the only character to appear in all 7 of the series.
  • The Mastermind (KORPS Super Villain, Series 6-7), voiced by Brian Cox (Series 6), Gavin Mitchell (Series 7-present). The Mastermind was killed when the Grand Master escaped and took over KORPS, imprisoning the Crime Minister. The Mastermind's consciousness was uploaded into a computer in order to cheat death and various clones were created using his DNA in order to house his consciousness. He only ever appears onscreen as a digital interface in KORPS HQ, or in his neuron containment case. He, his deputy The Crime Minister, and KORPS were thought to have been defeated over ten years ago by M.I.9, but they survived and rose again in Series 6. The Grand Master was once a KORPS captain, but sold them out to M.I.9 so that he could run away and assume control of S.K.U.L., an old KORPS division. KORPS attempted to upload his consciousness into one of his clones, Zoe, thinking that she was a successful clone, but failed as she was not a match. He now seeks clones Keri and Libi in order to create two copies of himself, rendering KORPS unbeatable.
  • The Crime Minister (KORPS Super Villain, Series 6-series 7 ), played by Pollyanna McIntosh. The Mastermind's second-in-command. She is incredibly loyal to The Mastermind and was presumed dead after the end of the first war with KORPS. She is generally seen in command of KORPS due to The Mastermind's condition.

Episodes[edit]

Series Episodes Original Air Dates
Series premiere Series finale
1 10 8 January 2007 5 March 2007
2 13 7 January 2008 24 March 2008
3 13 5 January 2009 30 March 2009
4 13 4 January 2010 15 March 2010
5 13 10 January 2011 21 March 2011
6 13 7 January 2013 25 March 2013
7 13 13 January 2014 31 March 2014

International broadcasts and syndication[edit]

List of broadcasters[edit]

Country TV Network(s) Translation
 Australia ABC3[8][3]
 Belgium Ketnet[9]
 France BBC France[10]
 Hungary Cartoon Network Kémsuli
 Italy Rai Gulp[11] Scuola di spie (School of Spies)
 Mexico
 South America
HBO Family[12][13] Escuela de espías
 Norway NRK Super[14]
 Peru Yups Channel[15] Escuela de espías
 Poland Cartoon Network and teleTOON+ S.A.W. Szkolna Agencja Wywiadowcza (School Intelligence Agency) and M.I. High
Arab World Middle East Africa Europe} JeemTV[16] ثانوية الاستخبارات
 Sweden Sveriges Television[17]
 Turkey Kidz TV
 United States PBS[18]
 United Kingdom CBBC[19] & Watch[4]

Awards and Nominations[edit]

Year Ceremony Category Outcome Notes
2008 Royal Television Society Best Children's Drama Won [21]
2009 Royal Television Society Best Children's Drama Nomination [22]

Merchandise[edit]

Books[edit]

Books have been released including three novels, a survival handbook and a 2012 annual.

Book Publication Date Publisher Cover photo Notes
M. I. High: A New Generation
31 January 2008[23]
Puffin Books
A Split Picture of Rose, Blane and Daisy.
Paperback
M. I. High: Secrets & Spies
31 January 2008[24]
Puffin Books
A Split Picture of Rose, Blane and Daisy.
Paperback
MI High: Spy Survival Handbook
31 January 2008[25]
Puffin Books
Rose, Blane and Daisy in M.I High Headquarters.
Paperback
M.I. High Annual 2012
1 August 2011[26]
Egmont Books Ltd
Carrie, Oscar and Rose running.
Hardcover
MI High: Race Against Time
1 January 2015[27]
Puffin Books
A Split Picture of Daisy, Blane and Rose.[28]
Paperback (Originally planned for March 2008)
MI High: Dangerous Games
29 January 2015[29]
Puffin Books
A Split Picture of Rose, Blane and Daisy.[30]
Paperback (Originally planned for March 2008)

One novel was written, but never published. "The Midas Machine", written by Dan Roberts was planned to be released 2 January 2012 by Egmont Books Ltd but was cancelled.[31][32]

Comic[edit]

Release name Release date Author Publisher Notes Ref
Totally… M.I. High 27 January 2011(UK) Caryn Jenner Titan Magazines Included free poster, UV Pen and Notepad.[33] [34]

DVD release[edit]

The first series of M.I. High was scheduled to be released on DVD in two five-episode installments. The first of which was released on 21 January 2008 and the second was to follow on 31 March 2008 but was cancelled indefinitely, the rest of the DVD collection has been suspended indefinitely.[35][36] The first DVD includes a documentary about the series (which is made up of various short clips shown during the series on CBBC Extra).

DVD release name Episodes Years of series UK release date

(Region 2)

North American release date

(Region 1)

Australian release date

(Region 4)

M.I High: Series 1 Vol 1 S1 Ep 1-5 2007 21 January 2008[37] N/A 2 March 2010[38]

iTunes releases[edit]

MI High Series 1-3 has released digitally on iTunes Australia[39][40][41] and Germany, they are presently in Standard-definition.[42][43][44] Series 1-3 is also available in France, they are presently in Standard-definition.[45][46][47]

Netflix releases[edit]

Netflix UK has released Series 1 on their streaming service and they are present in High-definition.[48]

M.I. High games[edit]

Whack The Mole![edit]

Starting at the beginning of series two there was a new interactive web experience that could be found at the show's web site. The game was created by Xenophile Media. After gaining access to the Flash-based game with a registration process, players could participate in weekly missions. The missions were tied in with events occurring on the show each week, but the game included video clips that summarised each episode which made it possible for people outside of the broadcast area to play the game as well.

The plot of the game centered around the fictional St. Hope's High School which was the basis of the television programme. There was a mole - self-entitled as 'The Mole' - amongst the students, and it was the job of the player to try to figure out who the rogue agent was. At the successful end of each mission, the list of suspects was narrowed down automatically through the process of elimination by using numerous clues that would be discovered about The Mole's identity (e.g. One clue was that The Mole wore a specific kind of voice-changer that would be placed over one's teeth, people with braces can't wear the voice-changer, therefore all suspects that have braces are eliminated).

The user interface included the Digital Operations Research Assistant (D.O.R.A), which guided players to manipulate various technological tools including a geographic locator and an audio analyzer. Players were given instructions about how to use each of the tools in order to successfully pass the missions.

When a player completed the game, they would discover that The Mole was Suspect Number 9: Panda Strobel and that her secret lair was located in the basement of the abandoned Battersea Power Station situated on the south bank of the River Thames.

When the second M.I. High game Catch The Grand Mistress was released, Whack The Mole! was still available for gameplay alongside Catch The Grand Mistress.

As of January 2014, this game is no longer available for game play as it has been removed from the show's website.

Catch The Grand Mistress[edit]

For series 4 and 5, Whack The Mole was relaunched to tie in with the new series. The objective was to locate and capture The Grand Mistress, the main antagonist of Series 4, Episode 2, "The Bunny Whisperer" and Series 5, Episode 2, "The B-Team." Each week, missions would be unlocked and information would be released in each mission to allow the player to eliminate possible bases, which would result in the correct base being located by the end of the game through the process of elimination. Various clues about The Grand Mistress' mistress plan were also scattered throughout the game. For the new game, the graphics were modified and updated, but retained the same high-tech look. D.O.R.A. and the SpyPod were also present in the new game.

When a player completed the game, they would discover that her secret lair was located in the Kingsway Telephone Exchange and that her mistress plan was to build a particle accelerator to create everlasting batteries for her hypnotic children's toy, the Whoozle Top, not to create a black hole underneath London as the agents first thought.

As of January 2014, this game is no longer available for game play as it has been removed from the show's website.

Spy Skills[edit]

For the 2013 relaunch of M.I.High, a new game was launched to tie in with the new series. The objective is to complete missions in different areas of intelligence. The games and their corresponding agents are as follows:

  • Dan: 'Codename: Scramble' (complete missions scaling walls of buildings to escape KORPS agents)
  • Aneisha: 'Undercover Ops' (use a CAT device to collect items needed by Aneisha to infiltrate KORPS)
  • Tom: 'Intel. Interception' (use a radial data scanner to decode messages being transmitted by KORPS)
  • Zoe: 'Surveillance Set-Up' (plant tracking devices near KORPS)

External links[edit]

Oversea Broadcasters[edit]

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