The BEST Episodes of Spooks

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Feb 21, 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.

Episode 8

#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.

star 8.87
215 votes
Directors: Sam Miller
Writers: Neil Cross
Episode 10

#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.

star 8.45
188 votes
Directors: Alrick Riley
Writers: Ben Richards
Episode 6

#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?

star 8.40
447 votes
Directors: Andy Wilson
Writers: Howard Brenton
Episode 5

#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.

star 8.39
341 votes
Directors: Bharat Nalluri
Writers:
Episode 9

#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.

star 8.35
114 votes
Directors: Alrick Riley
Writers: Neil Cross
Episode 6

#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.

star 8.35
376 votes
Directors: Bharat Nalluri
Writers: Jonathan Brackley, Sam Vincent
Episode 7

#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?

star 8.35
188 votes
Directors: Stefan Schwartz
Writers: David Farr, David Wolstencroft
Episode 7

#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.

star 8.31
507 votes
Episode 10

#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.

star 8.30
292 votes
Episode 10

#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?

star 8.25
388 votes
Episode 9

#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.

star 8.20
123 votes
Directors: Julian Holmes
Writers: Neil Cross
Episode 7

#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.

star 8.18
266 votes
Episode 7

#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.

star 8.13
238 votes
Directors: Sam Miller
Writers: Christian Spurrier, James Moran
Episode 5

#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.

star 8.13
410 votes
Directors: Justin Chadwick
Writers: Howard Brenton
Episode 2

#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.

star 8.13
224 votes
Directors: Omar Madha
Writers: Neil Cross
Episode 2

#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.

star 8.12
293 votes
Directors: Omar Madha
Writers: Ben Richards
Episode 8

#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.

star 8.11
159 votes
Directors: Stefan Schwartz
Writers: David Wolstencroft, Neil Cross
Episode 8

#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?

star 8.10
332 votes
Episode 1

#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.

star 8.09
303 votes
Directors: Omar Madha
Writers: Ben Richards
Episode 5

#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.

star 8.09
158 votes
Directors: Brendan Maher
Writers: Zinnie Harris
Episode 3

#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?

star 8.09
280 votes
Directors: Sam Miller
Writers: Christian Spurrier, Sean Reilly
Episode 8

#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.

star 8.08
540 votes
Directors: Edward Hall
Writers: Jonathan Brackley, Sam Vincent
Episode 1

#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?

star 8.07
303 votes
Directors: Colm McCarthy
Writers: Ben Richards, Neil Cross
Episode 2

#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.

star 8.06
428 votes
Directors: Alrick Riley
Writers: Jonathan Brackley, Sam Vincent
Episode 6

#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.

star 8.03
302 votes
Directors: Justin Chadwick
Writers: Ben Richards