in my head and they're spooky. Well, not spooky, but Spooks as this show is known on the BBC. MI-5 is one of the series you can watch for free on AmazonPrime - so obsessive compulsive that I am, I started with Season 1, Episode 1 and last night I just watched Season 7, Episode 6. Yes, it's habit-forming. One of the startling things about it, as opposed to American television, is that pivotal characters are killed off with alarming regularity. Peter Firth is great as Sir Harry Pearce, the head of the British secret service and he is assisted in all things technical and espionage-related by Malcolm Wynn-Jones, played by an adorable Hugh Simon. I am much more enamored of the older British gentlemen than I am the young ones, but then that's just me. Matthew Macfayden of Pride & Prejudice fame (he was Mr. Darcy - not as good a Mr. Darcy as Colin Firth, but not bad) is Tom Quinn, the initial protagonist of the story. He eventually suffers from spy game burnout and is replaced by MI-6 officer Adam Carter, played by Rupert Penry-Jones. Adam has way too much angst to suit me - but who wouldn't, what with all the personal trials and tribulations he encounters. When he's blown up by an IRA car bomb, leadership of Section D is taken over by Ros Myers - a super-spy with ice water flowing through her veins. Can you tell I've really gotten into this show? Anyhow, Richard Armitage has just joined the team as Lucas North - a spy who has come in from the cold, as it were in all his mysterious, blue-eyed, baritone glory. And no, he's not as old as Harry or Malcolm, but he has great potential. Seriously though, if you like the espionage genre of mysteries, check this out. The last two seasons (9 and 10) are not available online yet, but I am hoping at least Season 9 will be by the time I finish watching Season 8. Season 10 - the final series of the show - just concluded on the BBC, so I am sure it will be a while before I'll be watching that one.
And wondering: will Harry and Ruth ever get together?