Spooks the movie is happening with Peter Firth returning as Harry Pearce

Spooks: The Greater Good will feature the MI5 boss, with Bharat Nalluri on board to direct when filming begins in early 2014

Spooks fans rejoice – the rumoured big-screen outing for the MI5 spies is happening, with a director and star on board, a filming schedule in place and some plot details having been released…


Peter Firth will reprise his role as MI5 chief, Harry Pearce, with production set to begin in early 2014. It’s business as usual with original series director Bharat Nalluri set to take charge behind the camera for the feature penned by regular writers Jonathan Brackley and Sam Vincent. 

Spooks: The Greater Good sounds as suspenseful as ever as terrorist Adam Qasim escapes from under MI5 noses during a handover to the head of counter-terrorism. Pearce takes the flack, but then mysteriously disappears one night off a bridge into the Thames, leaving his protégé, Will Crombie, to help uncover a conspiracy extending from Vietnam to the Mediterranean. Meanwhile, back home a devastating attack on London is imminent. It’s stressful stuff…

The Bafta-winning BBC1 spy drama Spooks originally ran between 2002-2011 and focused on the tumultuous lives of MI5’s counter-terrorism unit. During its ten series it starred the likes of Lara Pulver, Rupert Penry Jones, Matthew Macfadyen, Keeley Hawes, David Oyelowo and Jenny Agutter. While many characters met grisly ends, Firth escaped the axe, playing Pearce for all 86 episodes of the original series.