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Spooks: 3/8


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Series eight. Secret power group Nightingale have a deadly plan to provoke a nuclear confrontation between India and Pakistan at a peace summit in London. Can Section D stop them?
Repeated tonight at 12.45am on BBC3 (S) (AD)

WINTER of the series, end of the Luckily Ros on her
PICK OF THE DAY Spooks 9.00pm BBC1
DRAMA Terrifyingly implacable Ros (is she actually human? Has anyone checked?) is in a spectacularly no-nonsense mood as Spooks reaches its finale. It's up to her and colleague Lucas to save the world from nuclear destruction and, by heck, Ros isn't going to let anyone get in her way.
It's a terrific episode that just about makes sense if you're prepared to believe that only two members of MB stand in the way of global meltdown. But this isn't the time to debate Secret Service staffing levels; just go with the flow, as India and Pakistan look set to press the button. Who will blink first?
Pakistan has "kidnapped" an Indian submarine and is holding the vessel in a harbour. But it appears that the situation has been engineered deliberately to bring the world to the point of nuclear annihilation. The two sides are invited to London for peace talks, but someone is determined that they will fail - spectacularly and bloodily.
Even though, in your heart of hearts, you know it's nonsense, it's hard not to get drawn in as the tension rockets and the episode ends in a classic Spooks cliffhanger. (Alison Graham)


Writer: Ben Richards
Producer: Chris Fry
Director: Alrick Riley
Harry Pearce: Peter Firth
Ros Myers: Hermione Norris
Lucas North: Richard Armitage
Ruth Evershed: Nicola Walker
Tariq Masood: Shazad Latif
Sarah Caulfield: Genevieve O'Reilly
Home Secretary: Tobias Menzies
Russell Price: Mark Aiken
Heng: Roger Yuan
President Mudasser: Nicholas Khan

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