Ac­tion: Luther, Murdoch Mys­ter­ies & Luther

A storm is head­ing to­wards the NCIS: Los An­ge­les team and it’s one they may not all sur­vive.

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NCIS: Los An­ge­les Sea­son 8 Thurs­days (from 23 March) M-Net (*101) 19:30

Things are go­ing from bad to worse very quickly in the all-new eighth sea­son of ac­tion se­ries NCIS: Los An­ge­les (2009- cur­rent). But it’s not ter­ror­ists and crim­i­nals threat­en­ing to tear the close-knit spe­cial in­ves­ti­gat­ing team apart. In­stead, the rat is com­ing from within the NCIS ranks… well, the mole, to be ex­act. And af­ter two sea­sons of pulling strings here and there (the mole first popped up in sea­son 6 in 2014), the time might be right for their plan to play out…


“The mole sto­ry­line is off and run­ning from the very first episode,” teases Eric Chris­tian Olsen, who plays LAPD se­nior de­tec­tive and NCIS as­so­ci­ate Marty Deeks. “The State De­part­ment In­ter­venes and their team in­ves­ti­gate ev­ery­one in or­der to find the mole. It gets very real, very quickly.” Eric adds that the first three episodes are like an out- of- con­trol freight train and “it af­fects Hetty Lange (Linda Hunt) in a big way in episode 14 [22 June] – she’s taken hostage and thrown in a cage”. “It’s zoo-wor­thy,” jokes LL Cool J, who plays spe­cial agent Sam Hanna. “She’s lit­er­ally locked in. It’s a trip. It’s freaky.”

Lead star Chris O’Don­nell, who plays spe­cial agent G Callen, ex­pects au­di­ences at home to be as sur­prised at the mole’s iden­tity as he was when he read the script. “I think it’ll be a shock for fans [when they see it in episode 15, on 29 June]. There are twists and turns that you didn’t see com­ing. I didn’t see them com­ing! And I work here!”


Even the show’s ro­mance sto­ry­line is get­ting a dra­matic twist. Deeks and his fi­ancée Kensi Bley (Daniela Ruah) start the sea­son with a rough patch when Kensi’s mis­sion to Syria leaves her in a coma. When she wakes up – sur­prise, sur­prise: she can’t re­mem­ber any­thing be­fore her mis­sion… in­clud­ing Deeks.


Put those agent-is­sued firearms aside for a few min­utes and grab tis­sues. Episode 15 is also when view­ers say good­bye to As­sis­tant Di­rec­tor Owen Granger, who’s in a coma. In real life, ac­tor Miguel Fer­rer passed away in Jan­uary 2017 from can­cer.

NCIS: Los An­ge­les’s main team (from left): Deeks, Sam, Kensi and G Callen.

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