Volume 1

DVD - 2003
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Defending their country, deceiving their friends, MI-5 takes us into the secret world of the clandestine UK security service and the people who make up the elite team. This exciting, fast paced drama, full of split screens and technical wizardry, explores the passion, jeopardy and intrigue of people who have to lie for a living and deceive their loved ones about what they do.

& Taylor

Undercover agents for the British government not only lie to infiltrate the organizations they are investigating, but the lies must continue in their personal lives as well.

Publisher: London : BBC Video ; Burbank, CA : Distributed in the USA and Canada by Warner Home Video, c2003
ISBN: 9780790784823
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (ca. 360 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Jan 29, 2019

Never mind the story or acting, I really didn't like the technical setup of the DVD to access the various episodes. I suppose it was intended to be clever but I found it a pain.

rb3221 Jun 12, 2016

Reasonably good but somewhat unbelievable but it is MI5.

Nov 30, 2015

This whole series:
Awful scripts, awful acting, awful music, awful hair (!)... couldn't get much worst than this! Only thing these DVDs are good for is to warn film students what a really, really bad production looks like.

harrybrowne Dec 11, 2014

BBC America productions are usually inferior to BBC British series...and this is no exception. It is simply awful: pretentious, silly and contrived. The stories are incoherent; the music too loud; and the acting stiff and unconvincing. I didn't bother finishing it, fearing loss of too many brain cells.

Jul 15, 2012

Not credible to adults. Poor writing.

roadshowrigoletto Jan 07, 2012

Always nice to watch a drama that embodies an outlook from another part of the world. "MI-5," or "Spooks" as it is known in the UK, features some familiar faces if you watch entertainments from outside of the US. And some very able performances. It beats being subjected to yet another repeat of the degenerate spawn of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, at the least.

Nov 05, 2011

I quite like this series, but a lot of the episodic plots in this specific season seem to rely on deus ex machinae to be resolved by the end of the hour. It strikes me as being rather unrealistic. I'm currently watching the second season, and the writers do seem to have gotten a much better idea of the proper pace and scope for a story, but this is not the best example of their work.

Mind you, the series does get better, so watching this season is probably a good idea if only to set yourself up for the really excellent material later on.

VinnyB May 02, 2011

One man's pot boiler is another man's gem. I love this series. You actually have to WATCH the screen to know what is going on. (I don't think that is true of a lot of American TV like Law and Order which is easy to watch while multi-tasking because the plot is so simple.)

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