DIANNE BUTLER OUT OF THE BOX
IMAGINE someone’s kept a count of how many times London’s been in grave danger of being blown up by a nuclear bomb on Spooks. It’d be in the range of a lot.
Tonight I, and indeed you, might’ve thought last week’s murder of Tariq was going to be the focus of this episode, but in fact the ‘‘ unstable radioactive material’’ which is picked up via a random airport screening is the major plot. The key word here is random: it’s all over by the end of the show and doesn’t drive anything forward. And I was on the side of the criminals. Only Calum, one of the new agents, gets to follow up what happened with Tariq — the laptop, what he was looking at on the CCTV cameras when he died — naturally this is where the story is. But you’re going to have to pretend to care about the radium 226, or you’re not going to be able to get through this episode. There is some tension at this stage of things, though, because we’re not sure who’s going to get out the other end alive. You’d have to guess Harry (Peter Firth) will make it through the series and then die. But some of those younger
He bombs: Dimitri Levendis