Monday, December 01, 2008

Spooks. Tonight. BBC1. 9pm. Watch it.

Now then! Tonight is the main event, my Spooks (episode 7), BBC1 at 9pm. Please to be watching at your conveniences. Yes. Don't worry about the serial stuff if you've never seen the show, or this series so far, it all holds together even if you have no idea who is who (have heard from people who've never seen the show before, and they assure me this is true, so there).

Feedback on the early showing has been good so far, I'm very happy. The BBC3 showing was the most watched multichannel show of the day last week, with 1.02 million viewers. And one of those viewers was me, so I feel part of a big happy family. I'll talk more about the episode once it's been on - due to the twisty turny nature of the series itself, spoilers are even more annoying than usual, and I don't want to ruin it for anyone. So let's meet back here later. With crisps and fizzy pop.

It was a busy week last week, so I'm a bit shattered, apologies to anyone waiting for emails, calls, or rescuing from a burning building. Two meetings at the BBC on separate days (Monday and Wednesday), then I flew over to Dublin Thursday night, met up with friends for too many drinks, spoke at a seminar Friday afternoon, flew back home Friday night (got back at midnight), then was up early Saturday morning to catch a train down to Cardiff for the TW wrap party. Just got back yesterday afternoon, and now I have no idea who I am or what's going on in the world. Also, where the hell did 2008 go? What are you people up to? This is all an elaborate conspiracy against me. I know what's going on. I'm watching you people. I'm watching all of you. Through my special spy tube. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go and sit in a cupboard, whispering to myself and carving wooden stakes for when the vampires come for me. What, you don't believe in vampires? Sure, whatever, you bury your head in the sand if you want, but me? I'll be ready.

I think I should go and sleep for a bit.

25 comments:

Fat Roland said...
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Fat Roland said...

I'll try and write proper this time... I hadn't seen Spooks before until I was off work ill and I saw episode 6 this past week. So hurrah, I can watch tonight and pretend I know all about the programme!

Cunningham said...

I watched episode 7 yesterday --- I can't believe it...

You came up with that bit of business with the sweater right?

David Bishop said...

Due to the perversities of BBC Scotland, I caught the second half of this on Saturday night.

Loved the bit with the metal wire!

Lara said...

I caught this last week on BBC3 - it rocked! Well done, mate! A friend of mine saw it too and said he thought it was "the best one for a good long while". Superb! x

Good Dog said...

Just excellent!

Dim said...

brr! Gave me shivers! Top scripting, sir!

SHEIKSPEAR said...

Superb!

Fat Roland said...

Superb stuff.

My favourite bit was when the lapdancer said to the guy: "The packet should be in one of the drawers." Fnar! ;)

Adrian said...

Excellent work as always Mr Moran

Le Mc said...

WOW!!! As an American transplant I hadn't really had the opportunity or inclination to watch "Spooks" before but you are the reason I started watching it... well, you and Richard Armitage. ;-) So now I've seen every episode of this season, I've loved them all, but yours was nail-biting, heart-rending, and excellent drama.

Keith Topping said...

Meant to tell you how good it was last week. *Loved* Connie's Silence of the Lambs moment!

xx

Cameron said...

My God James that was one hell of an episode of Spooks. The tension was unbearable. Congratulations! The best episode of the show that I have seen.

laurence timms said...

I'm forced to agree. It was a cracking episode, great pace from beginning to end and taut as a pair of tights hanging off a washing line with bricks in the toes.

But a whole slo-mo helicopter swat team to take out Harry pre-credits? What next? A tank at the front door and a nuclear submarine in the bath?

Darren Goldsmith said...

Hah! Yeah the SWAT team crashing through the windows had me wondering whether I should stick with it or not... I'm so glad I did!

Very tense...

Paul Campbell said...

Very nice.

Haven't watched Spooks for ages, so tuned in specially.

How much is storylined, and how much do you have to come up with?

Good Dog said...

Bah, I thought the SAS johnnies crashing through the windows was justified. The audience knew that H was sitting back waiting for their arrival. But they didn't know what shenanigans he was getting up to. Just like the guys sent to get Ronnie Craven and Jedburgh.

Wish I hadn't missed a couple of earlier episodes now. Obviously nowt to do with you, sunshine, but I loved the fact they had called Gemma Jones' character Connie, referencing La Carre.

laurence timms said...

To SAS or not to SAS. What would I have done?

INT. HARRY’S FLAT - DAY 1 - 04:00
Stravinsky turned up to 11, Harry sits motionless. It takes all his strength to control his emotions. It seems like an age before -

- lights go out, music stops, two mahoosive bangs on the front door before it flies off its hinges and then the scene is lit first by multiple flash/stun grenades and then the headmount torchlights of a SWAT collection team cutting through the smoke.

In green night vision we see Harry going to stand, hands aloft, but he is taken down face to the floor and trussed with plastic ties.

Harshly lit by torchlight, Harry's face is crushed into his expensive rug by a black-gloved hand.

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So, yeah, noise and violence. Just no helicopters. And it'd absorb probably a whole minute of screen time.

Lucy said...

Call that an episode Moran! Honestly: let you loose for five minutes and you're running amok and having people carted off left, right and centre! God, anyone would think this was a THRILLER or something - and where were the fucking aliens! And why didn't Dr. Who arrive in his blue box and divert all of it?? FOR SHAME.

PS. I liked it, muchly.

Lucy said...

Interesting thread going on about Spooks in general, plus your episode on Twelve Point, James. Click here if you're a subscriber.

Word verification: uppolas. That's what the nutters going on about narrative logic and tone in the series are taking, lol.

Iona said...

I caught it last week on BBC3 and thought it was great in a 'is it phyically possible to fit all that in an hour?' way. Then whose name did i catch rolling up on the credits...

Tom Murphy said...

Hi James - just a note to say how much I enjoyed your episode. The silent moment in the middle when Evil Character starts to anxiously watch Good Character 1 and Good Character 2 is as brilliant a bit of economic storytelling as I've seen in a long time; a shocking revelation delivered purely by a few looks.

James Moran said...

Thank you everyone! Blimey, I'm really happy with the reaction, seems to have gone down really well. Hooray for murder.

Bill: Sort of - originally it was a knife up her sleeve, then a razor blade in her wallet. I guess during filming, one of their scary technical advisors came up with another type of weapon that she could realistically sneak in. The method of offing was always the same though - big throat slit, blood everywhere, a Moran special.

Laurence: Normally I'd agree, but don't forget: this is Harry fucking Pearce we're talking about. If I was sent to arrest him, I'd bring the entire army, and a submarine on wheels. Also, sending in heavily armed dudes through every single possible exit ensures that he can't get away. It's Harry. He's a badass.

Paul: Briefly: I knew I'd be at the end of the serial arc, so I had to follow on from that. I had an idea which tallied with an idea they had, so I did an outline and then we all had long, intense plot discussions together until it was right (had to do it that way cause it's so complicated and has to not contradict the rest of their serial elements). I also had to have Lucas in Moscow, because of filming schedules, so had to come up with a storyline for him, making sure it was related to the main story. I had to reveal Connie as the mole, but could do it any way I felt was exciting. So you're free to come up with a story, but have to include certain things and hit the serial beats.

Lucy: Don't have a Twelve Point account, so have no idea what's going on there. If I had a guest account I'd pile on and join in...

Tom: Cheers - but there was actually a scene *before* that which revealed Evil Character was evil, and it must have been edited out after filming! It turns out to be a nice reveal though, sometimes you can't tell these things until it's all filmed and put together.

Jools not James said...

How VERY dare you make the Duchess of Duke Street do such unspeakable things, you rotter!??

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