Spooks (series 2)

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Spooks series 2
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 10
Original channel BBC One
Original run 2 June 2003 (2003-06-02) – 11 August 2003 (2003-08-11)
Home video release
DVD release
Region 1 11 January 2005 (2005-01-11)
Region 2 20 September 2004 (2004-09-20)
Region 4 21 March 2004 (2004-03-21)
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List of Spooks episodes

The second series of the BBC espionage television series Spooks began broadcasting on 2 June 2003 before ending on 11 August 2003. The series consists of ten episodes.





In this table, the number in the first column refers to the episode's number within the entire series, whereas the number in the second column indicates the episode's number within the second series. "UK viewers in millions" refers to how many Britons watched the episode on BBC One.

No. # Title[1] Directed by[1] Written by[1] Original air date UK viewers
7 1 "Legitimate Targets" Bharat Nalluri David Wolstencroft 2 June 2003 (2003-06-02) (BBC One) 8.16
The bomb in Tom's house fails to detonate, but another bomb goes off killing the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. McCann wishes to defect, but is killed by the time MI5 get to him. Soon, a top secret military base near Longcross is also bombed. They soon find out it was the work of Serbian general Gradic, who stole some munitions from Longcross. Zoe goes undercover to befriend a Serbian intelligence agent, who is Gradic's sympathiser and nephew, and uncover the next target. Malcolm Wynn-Jones (Hugh Simon) decodes the next target; the COBRA meeting Harry is attending. Fortunately, they are able to stop the attack and arrest Gradic. By the end of the episode, Ellie leaves Tom.
8 2 "Nest of Angels" Bharat Nalluri Howard Brenton 2 June 2003 (2003-06-02) (BBC Three)[n 1] 7.87
Mohammed Rachid, an Afghan mullah of a Birmingham mosque, is believed to be cultivating a group of young suicide bombers. The last man MI5 planted in the mosque is discovered and brutally tortured. Meanwhile, Algerian agent Muhammed Ibhn Khaldun (guest star Alexander Siddig) smuggles himself into the UK and offers to help MI5 infiltrate the cell. This action attracts attention of the CIA, who also wish to use Khaldun. Eventually, they find explosives hidden in the mosque. However, a 16 year-old boy is about to set off a suicide bomb nearby; the boy blows himself up, but Khaldun sacrifices himself to prevent any nearby casualties.
9 3 "Spiders"
Rob Bailey Matthew Graham 9 June 2003 (2003-06-09) (BBC Three) 7.18
Zoe goes undercover as a school teacher to gather information on Gordon Blaney, who MI5 believes has attempted to hack into MI5's database and bring them down. It is later revealed that Blaney was framed. The real hacker occupies Section D with a threat against his school as a diversion to gather access codes to MI5's inner sanctum. It is revealed the hacker is Noah Gleeson, one of the pupils, whose father was an MI5 officer and was killed when he and his son were in an operation in Greece. Zoe and Tom are able to stop Noah from bringing down MI5, he is then sent to a psychiatric hospital.
10 4 "Blood and Money" Rob Bailey Howard Brenton 16 June 2003 (2003-06-16) (BBC Three) 7.38
Victor Shvitkoy (guest star Rade Šerbedžija) of the Russian Mafia has stolen US$20 billion of aid money, and has a London stock trader launder the first $1bn to the UK. After he is found murdered, Danny goes undercover as a stock trader to find the money and uncovers the laundering plot. He soon locates the other $19bn, but also learns that fellow stock trader, Maxim, is Shvitkoy's daughter; MI5 apprehend Shvitkoy. Meanwhile, Zoe learns the man she is having an affair with is married. Tom learns that Ruth Evershed (Nicola Walker) of the GCHQ who started in MI5 is spying on them, but he gives her a second chance.
11 5 "I Spy Apocalypse" Justin Chadwick Howard Brenton 23 June 2003 (2003-06-23) (BBC Three)[n 2] 6.30
Section participates in an EERIE exercise where a "dirty bomb" goes off in London. However, they later discover that it was a VX nerve gas attack in Parliament Square, and that evidence dictates the threat as real. The Grid runs out of power and is sealed off to prevent any leakage of the gas. While the team attempts to contact the outside world, much of the team starts exhibiting signs of cabin fever, and after learning Harry is infected, some of the team believe the gas has leaked itself into the Grid and attempt to leave. In the end, the entire threat was in fact a drill and Tom receives top marks for his leadership skills. In the end, Tom breaks up with his troublesome girlfriend, Vicky Westbrook (Natasha Little).
12 6 "Without Incident"
"President's Visit"[3]
Justin Chadwick David Wolstencroft 7 July 2003 (2003-07-07) (BBC Three) 6.00[4][n 3]
When President Bush makes an unannounced visit to the UK for several hours, Tom liaises with Christine Dale (Megan Dodds) of the CIA to ensure his visit goes without incident. They are able to identify the threats and ensures that the mission was successful. Meanwhile, Tom gets trouble from his ex, Vicky, who posts cards with his phone number and address for strangers in seedy nightclubs. Christine takes matters into her own hands and makes Vicky stop the harassment. In the end, Tom starts having an affair with Christine.
13 7 "Clean Skin" Ciaran Donnelly Simon Mirren 14 July 2003 (2003-07-14) (BBC Three) 6.90
A 14 year old boy steals a briefcase containing files containing codes for "Firestorm", a specialist electromagnetic pulse weapon developed by a French scientist, from Harry's home. Tom finds the boy, and after realising he has learned the "Firestorm" codes, Tom believes they have a clean skin to break into a building and steal "Firestorm" before it can be sold to the Chinese to ensure that French intelligence does not find out about MI5's involvement. He reluctantly agrees and succeeds, but refuses the offer to join MI5.
14 8 "Strike Force"
"Military Strikes"[3]
Ciaran Donnelly Steve Bailie 21 July 2003 (2003-07-21) (BBC Three) 6.68
Decorated British Army Major, Samuel Curtis, is believed to be plotting a mutiny. Tom is assigned to his unit as an Army officer to uncover the plot, but finds nothing. However, they soon discover that Curtis and his men are stealing radioactive waste from a convoy. Curtis demands that improvements be made to the military, or he'd blow the waste. As Tom gets Curtis to stand down, Harry orders a sniper to kill him. This action angers Tom, who starts showing signs that his job is getting to him. Meanwhile, Ruth is under review from GCHQ, but her work impresses them to keep her in the Grid.
15 9 "The Seventh Division" Sam Miller Ben Richards 28 July 2003 (2003-07-28) (BBC Three) 6.92
Eight Customs & Excise officers are killed by a Colombian Cartel led by Rafa. Tom and Zoe befriend his girlfriend in order to stop Rafa. They soon realise that Rafa is planning to trade cocaine for surface-to-air missiles with the head of a large corporate organisation. However, the team is betrayed by Tessa, who uses Sam Buxton (Shauna Macdonald) to gather what they found; Rafa knows what his girlfriend has done and murders her; in retaliation, MI5 kill Rafa. Tessa leaves the country to keep Harry from capturing her.
16 10 "Smoke and Mirrors"
"Pit of Secrets"[3]
Sam Miller Howard Brenton 11 August 2003 (2003-08-11) (BBC One) 7.32
Christine Dale tells Tom that an American assassin is plotting to kill a member of the British government. He enlists Danny and Zoe for help. During the investigation, Danny sees evidence that Tom may be a traitor. After confronting Harry, Tom says he has been framed. He is set up by Herman Joyce (guest star Tomas Arana), a former CIA agent who blames Tom for what happened to his daughter. They put Tom's fingerprints on a sniper rifle to murder the Chief of the Defence Staff. However, MI5 now believe Tom is guilty, as Joyce actually died five years previously, and do not believe his story. Realising he is trapped, Tom shoots Harry and disappears into the North Sea.


  1. ^ "Nest of Angels" was broadcast on 9 June 2003 on BBC One; the rest of the series (apart from the finale) would usually rebroadcast on BBC One seven days after the BBC Three broadcast.
  2. ^ "I Spy Apocalypse" was rebroadcast on BBC One two weeks after its original BBC Three broadcast.
  3. ^ Official data for the consolidated viewing figures for that week was not made available on the BARB website, only overnight ratings data would be available


  1. ^ a b c Secret Credits (Spooks DVD (Series 2)). 2004. 
  2. ^ "Weekly Top 30 Programmes (See weeks ending Jun 8 to 17 Aug 2003)". BARB.co.uk. Broadcasters' Audience Research Board. Retrieved 19 February 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d Landmann, Dennis (9 March 2005). "MI-5 – Volume 2". MovieFreak. Retrieved 1 March 2011. 
  4. ^ Guardian Media Group, Claire (15 July 2003). "BBC2 pulls off quiz masterstroke". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 

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