The BEST Episodes of Spooks
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Jan 15, 2020
Network: BBC One
Tense drama series about the different challenges faced by the British Security Service as they work against the clock to safeguard the nation. The title is a popular colloquialism for spies, and the series follows the work of a group of MI5 officers based at the service's Thames House headquarters, in a highly secure suite of offices known as The Grid.
#1 - Episode 8
Season 7 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 8, 2008
With the Russians launching a nuclear strike on London, the only person who can help the team in this desperate hour is the traitor amongst them. With the Russians hunting them down, the team usher their traitor through London in a desperate bid to reach the codes, and the bomb, in time.
#2 - Episode 10
Season 6 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 18, 2007
Hardliners opposed to the peace between Iran and the West have targeted a London school. Jo is captured by Redbacks, the mercenaries who abducted Zaf.
#3 - Episode 6
Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Jun 17, 2002
Patrick McCann, an IRA leader claims to have information about a nuclear attack on the UK mainland, can MI5 trust the IRA enough to give them what they want in return; 36 hours free of surveillance, free to do whatever they wish?
#4 - Episode 5
Season 10 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 16, 2011
There is new evidence of CIA agent Jim Coaver's involvement in some recent attacks on MI5. Harry ends up kidnapping his former Cold War colleague but soon ends up realising that he's been looking in the wrong place and Jim could be innocent. Harry, with Ruth's help attempt to steal Coaver's laptop from under the noses of the Americans at the US embassy.
#5 - Episode 9
Season 6 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 11, 2007
The team find themselves suspended from the Grid following what happened involving Ros. Harry learns from an old adversary about a bomb he has planted in London. The team realise that if they respond their lives will be in danger but if they don't it will be public who suffer. A shocking discovery is made when they discover who is behind the latest threat.
#6 - Episode 6
Season 10 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 23, 2011
Harry finds himself facing deportation to America following the death of CIA agent Jim Coaver. After some new evidence comes to light about the recent attacks on the United Kingdom and the Government's proposed alliance with Russia, Ruth and her former colleagues in Section D free Harry from CIA custody. Harry's suspicions see him going to another of his former Cold War adversaries.
#7 - Episode 7
Season 6 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 27, 2007
A live TV broadcast announcing the new peace accord between the UK, US and Iran is hijacked by armed gunmen. Can Adam and Ros defuse the situation before someone's hurt?
#8 - Episode 7
Season 9 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 1, 2010
Lucas is plunged further into the depths of his past when Vaughn takes his manipulations to a new level. Ruth is approached and followed by an imbalanced council snooper who is convinced he's found a dead drop. She initially keeps her distance from him, but when her curiosity gets the better of her she ends up trapped in a situation not even he could have predicted. Lucas and Harry come face to face in the pursuit of the truth.
#9 - Episode 10
Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired Oct 31, 2005
A former officer is convinced that MI5 killed Princess Diana and is determined to force the team to prove it.
#10 - Episode 10
Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Aug 11, 2003
Tom ignores Harry's demands to end his relationship with CIA officer Christine Dale. Christine hands Tom a secure communication which she has accidentally received from high up in the CIA. It says that an American assassin has come to the UK for a hit and that the CIA are going to take him out, without informing Five or any of the security services. Tom can't tell Harry what he knows so enlists Danny and Zoe to help him. However things start to go wrong and tonight's episode is all 'Smoke and Mirrors' will the truth be uncovered before something goes terribly wrong? Has Tom gone bad?
#11 - Episode 9
Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 6, 2006
MI-5 is put in charge of protecting Niko Grecic, the former right-hand of Tezlia, a Serbian who is put on trial for war crimes. They know that Richard Dempsey, a former MI-6 agent who turned on them, is looking for Grecic to kill him before he can testify. Adam, Jo and Zafar must protect Grecic at all costs.
#12 - Episode 7
Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 17, 2005
The Syrian foreign minister tries to establish subversive contacts with MI5 at the opening of a cultural centre in London. Fiona is desperate to lead this mission and must confront her Syrian past.
#13 - Episode 7
Season 7 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 24, 2008
Harry is imprisoned and accused by MI5 of being the Russian mole. Lucas disappears to Moscow in a bid to gather intelligence and get to the bottom of Harry's arrest, whilst the rest of the team try to prove his innocence on the Grid. But with so much evidence against him and a traitor among the team, things aren't looking good for Harry.
#14 - Episode 5
Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 7, 2003
Tom's skills as leader are tested to their extremes when they take part in an Extreme Emergency Response Initiative Exercise (EERIE) to test their response to nuclear, chemical or biological act in central London, but when the power in the grid is cut and Harry starts to feel ill, they soon begin to suspect it's for real.
#15 - Episode 2
Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 23, 2007
The country faces a plague outbreak. In a race against time, the officers from Section D have to track down and quarantine everyone who might be infected, while preventing a panic.
#16 - Episode 2
Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 18, 2006
MI5 has foiled an attempt to murder the Home Secretary, but the plotters use the new emergency powers to imprison Harry. The team must try to frustrate the coup before Harry is executed.
#17 - Episode 8
Season 6 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 4, 2007
Ros is in grave danger after Bob Hogan discovers she's a traitor. Meanwhile, Harry's brought before Yalta's chief, whose identity shocks him to the core.
#18 - Episode 8
Season 8 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 23, 2009
With India and Pakistan on the brink of war, emergency talks are set up in an exclusive London hotel. Section D faces its biggest challenge yet, as the team tries to avert the first nuclear confrontation since the Second World War. When the Indian delegation abandons the talks, it looks like Nightingale's sinister plan will succeed. Lucas and Ros place themselves in grave danger in a final attempt to defeat Nightingale, but will they make it out of the hotel alive?
#19 - Episode 1
Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 17, 2006
The government introduces draconian emergency measures in response to a series of terrorist attacks. MI5 fear that influential establishment figures are behind the attacks and may be planning a coup.
#20 - Episode 5
Season 6 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 13, 2007
MI5 have to intercept a Russian arms dealer who plans to pass blueprints for a nuclear device to Iran. Adam and Ana decide to bring their relationship to a close.
#21 - Episode 3
Season 8 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 13, 2009
The pressure is on for Section D when a secret meeting of powerful tycoons is stormed by armed terrorists and eight of the world's richest men are taken captive. But this is no normal hostage situation - undercover at the time, Ros is one the hostages. As events spiral out of control, it looks like no one will make it out alive. Is this the end of the road for Ros?
#22 - Episode 8
Season 9 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 8, 2010
The team face their toughest challenge ever: tracking down Lucas North, their Section Chief, friend and one of the best agents MI5 has ever had. Harry decides the team are too close, and brings in a specialist to help with the hunt. But it will not be easy to find a man who has nothing left to lose, and as the search becomes increasingly desperate, Harry and Lucas become embroiled in a deadly game of cat and mouse.
#23 - Episode 1
Season 7 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 27, 2008
The team step in when a British soldier is kidnapped by al-Qaeda. Meanwhile, an old protégé of Harry's returns to the fold after eight years in a Russian prison - but whose side is he really on?
#24 - Episode 2
Season 10 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 25, 2011
Calum is attacked by a gang of street muggers during a routine intelligence-sharing exercise with MI6. The laptop he was carrying is stolen, and contains highly-classified information on MI5's undercover assets. Their names are soon plastered all over the internet, making MI5 look incompetent and putting those top assets' lives in danger.
#25 - Episode 6
Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 15, 2004
Zoe is tried for manslaughter when an MI-5 operation results in the murder of an undercover police officer.