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  • Yeah it's been a very interesting journey again.

  • They've done it yet again.

  • They've brought in some brilliant characters for us to to play this year --

  • play with this year.

  • We've got Sophia Myles playing Beth

  • Max Brown playing Dimitri

  • Simon Russell Beale as the new Home Secretary.

  • Iain Glen as Vaughn Edwards who's a ghost from Lucas' past.

  • We've explored Lucas' past quite a lot in Spooks

  • but we go much further back

  • to when he was a snip of a boy in his early 20's

  • and this character was in his life

  • as was a character called Maya Lahan who's played by Laila Rouass.

  • They were in a relationship together

  • and that's what kicks off Lucas' journey through series 9.

  • Sadly we start with Ros' death --

  • Ros' funeral should I say -- at the beginning of episode one.

  • Yeah, she's greatly missed actually.

  • Interviewer >>> On set as well?

  • Yeah, yeah. I mean we all really miss her

  • because she was such good fun to work with

  • and such a dry sense of humor that we miss her, a lot.

  • Actually before I joined, you think

  • "Okay if I join this series, I'll only do it if they kill this character in a really good way."

  • Because I think it is kind of a Spooks trademark.

  • I think when Lisa Faulkner got her head put into the chip fryer in episode 2 of the first series

  • it was so shocking because you didn't expect a character like that to go so quickly

  • and they've done it a lot.

  • They'll take a character away when you least expect it.

  • And the way that it's done is crucial as well because

  • there is a lot of violence on television

  • and violence for violence's sake never quite rocks you in a way that --

  • you know when violence really hurts, and I don't mean physically

  • I mean when it really kind of affects you -- it kind of shakes you a bit.

  • I think Alex Lanipekun when that character was ...

  • in the last series that was the one that really shocked me.

  • The way that it was done, who it was done by.

  • But I have asked them to really think about a death

  • that wouldn't necessarily be a violent death.

  • I quite like the idea of a non-violent death. I've thought about it.

  • I've thought about all sorts of things.

  • I've thought about drowning.

  • Because that's kind of a personal fear for me.

  • So yeah, I don't know, something kind of peaceful I suppose.

  • Or a holiday in Majorca.

  • It's one of the deals I did with them at the beginning.

  • I said when it's time, do it well.

  • You don't have to tell me about it

  • because they do like to bring you in and say

  • "Okay, this is what we've got planned"

  • And I say do with the character the best thing that you want to do

  • just do it well.

  • So I still don't know if he's going to be around for series 10.

  • This thing that comes in from the past starts to peel back layers

  • which we've always done with him.

  • But we get much deeper and we start to find out who he really is

  • because with all of these characters

  • we are designed as spies to inhabit other people.

  • I think in episode 4 or 5, I give Beth and Dimitri two boxes

  • with their legend in them

  • and it's a passport and an identity

  • which they then have to learn and adopt.

  • And I think the characters are very skilled actors

  • and so even though we feel we know the characters

  • and their relationships to each other

  • can you ever really know who they are?

  • Because they're designed to conceal.

  • So we start to question that and who's hiding what

  • and who are these people, and who is Lucas really?

  • Because he's a master. His skills are all about deception.

  • It's interesting because I didn't realize he was

  • until the writers presented me with the script

  • and then you realize that Lucas has never had Harry's trust.

  • He's always fought for Harry's trust.

  • He's always really wanted it badly and he's never got it.

  • And he sort of gets it because Harry promotes him to the Head of Section.

  • And there's something about Ros as well, the way that Ros used to look at Lucas.

  • She would always hold something back.

  • She never quite trusted him. But he didn't know why.

  • Exactly what we've been talking about. The fact that all of the characters live on a knife edge in a way.

  • I think the ticking bomb every week is crucial to driving individual episodes along.

  • But watching the characters forge these relationships based on a foundation that can crack at any moment.

  • These characters put themselves out there and in a way are prepared to give their life for their country on a daily basis.

  • I don't know that that's what they really do at MI-5. Possibly not.

  • But that's what we do in the dramatic terms.

  • And I think that that strengthens their relationships to each other because they realize that life is so transient.

  • Tomorrow I could go into a factory and have my head put into a chip fryer.

  • But I think that's what keeps Spooks alive because you know that no character is ever safe.

  • I found the stuff in episode 4 of the last series with this character Darshavin

  • where I had to go back into the Russian prison and re-live this moment where he took himself to the point of hanging himself.

  • I found that quite challenging because it was just a stage direction: Lucas considers hanging himself.

  • Then the director put a camera in a room and said, "Okay, you take as much time as you like. You find your way onto a chair and put your head in a noose."

  • That was really difficult because it's not just a question of standing on a chair and putting your head in a noose.

  • It's psychologically how does a character get to that point in the room?

  • It's something you don't ever consider.

  • The three minutes before someone's going to do something as shocking as that, what's going through their mind?

  • And I had to try and achieve that. So that was a big challenge.

  • From an outside point of view, there was a brilliant shoot-out in the episode when we were pursuing Connie

  • And there was a shoot-out in the street which involved Ros and Harry.

  • And Harry rarely gets off the Grid so it was brilliant to play that action sequence.

  • And there was a sniper; we were being followed by the Russians and we were down in the Tubes

  • And I love all that side of it when you get out in the street.

  • Yeah, he's struggling. He's struggling with the deception I think.

  • It's a bit like a child disappointing a father. So there's that relationship happening.

  • But he's firing on all engines. He gets off the Grid as well.

  • We've got another season finale coming which is similar to the one I just described with the shoot-out.

  • We haven't shot any of it yet so I'm really looking forward to that.

  • It was before we started shooting, that rumour.

  • Maybe it was a good thing that that rumour was out there because I think everyone went "no way" and everyone's upped their game.

  • I think the writers have come in with some really exciting scripts and I think everyone's been -- it's good in a way.

  • The thing that Spooks does best, killing its characters keeps everyone on their toes.

  • In a way, the prospect of Spooks itself being killed has made everyone go, "Right, we've got to work harder."

  • "We've got to make this the best series of Spooks ever so they can't possibly kill it."

  • That's I think how we've been operating this year.

  • I've said it from the beginning. This is another thing I think is very important that you don't let the series die.

  • And I'm sure they're watching it the whole time thinking, "Okay, at what point do we say enough?"

  • Because it shouldn't die. There should be enough suspension to make a movie of Spooks.

  • I think it would be brilliant. I think it's finding the right storyline.

  • Every time I see the producers I'm saying, "Come on, Olympics 2012. Come on, do it. Make a film. Bring Tom Quinn back. Bring Zoe Reynolds back."

  • You've got movie stars ready to get up and running. I think it would be fantastic.

  • And it would be great to see -- I mean one of the things Spooks has done brilliantly is put London visually on the screen and shoot London beautifully.

  • To see that on the big screen would be very exciting.

  • I'm sure while I can breathe and get my leg over a horse I'm sure I'll be asked to do action again.

  • And fine, whatever it is that keeps me in work.

  • But I'm semi-conscious of picking something which doesn't necessarily have a violent content.

  • I feel like I'm getting to be associated with violence and I'm really not a violent person which is probably why it's easy to act.

  • So yeah, I'd like to do something nice and calm and all about love.

  • Harry's already beat me in an arm-wrestle.

  • Every time we're rehearsing in the Grid he always takes me out.

  • I swear his guns are like this.

  • I'm like ... straight away. So yeah, Harry every time.

  • Interviewer>>> You have to keep practicing.

  • I do, yeah.

  • Interviewer>>> Okay, fabulous! Thank you.

  • Thank you.

Yeah it's been a very interesting journey again.

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