Spooks (series 4)

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Spooks series 4
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 10
Original network BBC One
Original release 12 September (2005-09-12) – 10 November 2005 (2005-11-10)
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List of Spooks episodes

The fourth series of the BBC espionage television series Spooks began broadcasting on 12 September 2005 before ending on 10 November 2005. The series consists of ten episodes.





No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date UK viewers
(millions) [1]
27 1 "The Special (Part 1)"[2] Antonia Bird Ben Richards 12 September 2005 (2005-09-12) (BBC One) 6.63
A bomb detonates nearby Danny's funeral. Section D's investigation leads to an American-based eco-terrorist group called Shining Dawn, which believes that the human race ought to be culled; they demand the release of their leader from British custody, threatening to detonate a bomb in public places every ten hours. Ruth visits a sympathiser, Curtis, who is targeted, while Adam and Zaf follow leads. They discover there is a mole in MI5, as both suspects end up dead. They do eventually find the next bomb in a mainline railway station and defuse it. Adam also tracks down a witness, Natasha Scott (guest star Martine McCutcheon). Zaf is captured by Shining Dawn members.
28 2 "The Special (Part 2)"[3] Antonia Bird Ben Richards 13 September 2005 (2005-09-13) (BBC One) 6.84
Adam locates and frees Zaf and learn the location of the next bomb, which they defuse. Shining Dawn, however, arms the next bomb to only be deactivated with a code. Harry accuses newcomer Juliet Shaw (Anna Chancellor) of being the mole, but she actually worked on identifying the mole as American liaison to MI5 Richard Boyd. He is soon captured, which leads to the capture of the bomb maker. Near the end, they learn the next bomb is in a hospital. Not only has Adam found that it can only be deactivated with a code, but Natasha was captured and is strapped to it. After evacuating the hospital, Adam remains behind with Natasha until MI5 find the code from interrogating the maker, ending the threat.
29 3 "Divided They Fall"[4] Alrick Riley Ben Richards 15 September 2005 (2005-09-15) (BBC Three)[n 1] 6.50
Far right political party "The British Way", who are related to a number of attacks against the ethnic minority, worries the government when they declare power. Section D is tasked in bring down the party from the inside. Adam poses as a convict to deal with party leader James Moran, while Harry and Fiona deal with William Sampson (Rupert Graves), an MP who has resigned to force a by-election on behalf of the British Way. They record a meeting with Sampson to replace Moran with MP Pergerine Howard-Davies; Ruth provides Moran with the recording. The plan is successful, but Moran becomes aware of Adam's deception, and has him and Ruth captured and hunted; they manage to stop and arrest him.
30 4 "Road Trip"[5] Alrick Riley Howard Brenton 22 September 2005 (2005-09-22) (BBC Three) 5.21
Adam goes undercover as a Circassian from Aleppo, Syria in a people-smuggling operation from Istanbul, Turkey to London in an attempt to turn the leader of a terrorist sleeper cell, Mohammed Yazdi (Khalid Abdalla) and stop a planned terrorist attack against the Houses of Parliament. He is able to turn Yazdi, where he implicates a Middle-Eastern Prince, Hakim. However, it is revealed that the plan all along was to assassinate the prince, which unfortunately succeeds after he is brought to Yazdi.
31 5 "The Book"[6] Jeremy Lovering Raymond Khoury 29 September 2005 (2005-09-29) (BBC Three) 5.20
Journalist Gary Hicks witnesses the murder of Clive McTaggart, a high-ranking retired intelligence officer and friend of Harry's who was about to publish his memoirs, which contain government secrets. While MI5 investigate and Hicks attempts to publish the story, a group of people from the government is sent to kill him. Meanwhile, aspiring journalist Jo Portman (Miranda Raison) follows the investigation, and Adam, impressed by her skills that lead to a major break in the case, recruits her by the end of the episode. In the end, Taggart mailed Harry the memoirs in the event of his death.
32 6 "The Innocent"[7] Jeremy Lovering David Farr 6 October 2005 (2005-10-06) (BBC Three) 5.83
An Algerian army deserter and terror suspect, Nazim Malik is freed after two years in a British prison. Although he is found to be innocent, MI5 follow his activities, where they discover that he is being forced to conduct an assassination of an Algerian banker on British soil to guarantee the safety of his family. The team save his family, who were held hostage, just before Malik could carry out the assassination and surrenders. In the end, he and his family have been granted asylum in Ireland.
33 7 "Syria"[8] Omar Madha Raymond Khoury 13 October 2005 (2005-10-13) (BBC Three) 5.74
Fiona takes on a case when the Syrian Foreign Minister, Riyad Barzali, contacts MI5 for help, though his own secret service will kill him if he is to talk with the British. The reasoning for Fiona to take the case is because she learned that Farook Sukkarieh, her first husband who was thought to have been hanged for treason, actually survived. He kills Barzali, and captures Fiona to take back to Syria. Adam desperately tries to find Fiona when he loses track of her. He eventually finds her at a small airport, where Fiona is able to wound Farook and escape, but is shot by Farook before he himself is killed by Adam; Fiona later dies in Adam's arms.
34 8 "The Russian"[9] Omar Madha Howard Brenton 20 October 2005 (2005-10-20) (BBC Three) 6.34
After the death of Fiona, Adam is taken off the case to investigate a Russian billionaire Oleg Korsakov, who plans to buy the National Health Service, and then dismantle it. Eventually, Adam convinces Harry to be let back in. They use Hugo Ross, a double agent for the Russians during the Cold War and Zaf for an operation to work with him. MI5 is able to work around Oleg's counter-surveillance measures and expose his plans. In the end, Adam comes to terms with his wife's death and finally tells her parents and Wes about it.
35 9 "The Sting"[10] Julian Simpson Rupert Walters 27 October 2005 (2005-10-27) (BBC Three) 5.98
Juliet dismisses Harry after he stops the CIA from extraditing a British citizen, who turns out to be a terrorist, and is believed to have killed two MI5 officers. While Harry is under surveillance, the rest of the team work to stop the terrorist, where it is revealed that Nick Pollard, an American with counter surveillance skills may actually be involved. In fact, he arranges for the released terrorist to take part in an attack, which is revealed to be a surface-to-air missile against a flight heading for Heathrow, to push the UK and US into going to war against Iran. The attack is stopped and Pollard is arrested. Harry is reinstated.
36 10 "Diana"[11] Julian Simpson Howard Brenton 10 November 2005 (2005-11-10) (BBC One) 6.18
After former MI5 officer, Angela Wells (guest star Lindsay Duncan) visits Ruth, she comes to the Grid and holds everyone hostage, demanding the division find incontrovertible evidence that Harry and MI5 conspired to kill Diana, Princess of Wales, or she'd detonate a bomb. The team finds evidence, but Harry reveals this was just a gamed scenario to help increase Diana's security. Ruth tricks Angela and is able to end her threat. The team decides to let Angela go because she was distraught over Peter Haigh's death. However, all of this was a brilliant ploy by Angela whose true plan all along was to blow up the Royal family. The team is able to defuse a massive bomb in the nick of time. When the team returns to Thames House, Angela awaits and uses a sniper rifle to gravely wound Adam, and she then prepares to shoot Harry.


  1. ^ "Divided They Fall" was broadcast on 22 September 2005 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.


  1. ^ "Weekly Top 30 Programmes (See weeks ending Sep 18 to 13 Nov 2005)". Broadcasters' Audience Research Board. Retrieved 19 February 2011. 
  2. ^ "Spooks – Series 4, Episode 1". BBC. Retrieved 13 April 2010. 
  3. ^ "Spooks – Series 4, Episode 2". BBC. Retrieved 13 April 2010. 
  4. ^ "Spooks – Series 4, Episode 3". BBC. Retrieved 13 April 2010. 
  5. ^ "Spooks – Series 4, Episode 4". BBC. Retrieved 13 April 2010. 
  6. ^ "Spooks – Series 4, Episode 5". BBC. Retrieved 13 April 2010. 
  7. ^ "Spooks – Series 4, Episode 6". BBC. Retrieved 13 April 2010. 
  8. ^ "Spooks – Series 4, Episode 7". BBC. Retrieved 13 April 2010. 
  9. ^ "Spooks – Series 4, Episode 8". BBC. Retrieved 13 April 2010. 
  10. ^ "Spooks – Series 4, Episode 9". BBC. Retrieved 13 April 2010. 
  11. ^ "Spooks – Series 4, Episode 10". BBC. Retrieved 13 April 2010. 

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