|Run||12 Sep 2005 – 10 Nov 2005|
|Series:||1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5|
6 • 7 • 8 • 9 • 10.
The fourth series of Spooks began transmission on Monday 12 September 2005 on BBC One at 9 pm with the first of a two-part story. The next day (13 September) the second episode was shown. The following week Spooks assumed a 9 pm Thursday slot, a break from the Monday 9 pm slot the previous series had traditionally occupied. Once again the series ran for 10 episodes and averaged 6.05 million viewers, a notable increase on the previous series.
The opening two part episode introduces two new characters to the series, Zafar Younis (Raza Jaffrey, whose character had debuted in the final episode of series three), and Juliet Shaw (Anna Chancellor). The storyline involves a terrorist bombing in central London, something that, in reality, took place on 7 July, two months prior to the airing but already after the filming was complete.
- The Special (1)
- The Special (2)
- Divided They Fall
- Road Trip
- The Book
- The Innocent
- The Russian
- The Sting
The fourth series of Spooks began transmission on Monday 12 September 2005 on BBC One at 9 PM with the first of a two part story. The next day (13 September) the second episode was shown. The following week Spooks assumed a 9 PM Thursday slot, a break from the Monday 9 PM slot the previous series had traditionally occupied. Once again the series ran for 10 episodes and averaged 6.05 million viewers, a notable increase on the previous series (Exact figure: 6.045, calculated from BARB figures for week ending 18/09/2005 and all subsequent weeks until 13/11/2005).
The opening two parter provided the series with two new regulars in Zafar Younis (Raza Jaffrey, whose character had actually debuted in the final episode of series three) and Juliet Shaw (Anna Chancellor). However it was also a controversial storyline as it featured terrorists (albeit anti-humanity and technology extremists rather than Al Qaeda) bombing central London, something that in reality had taken place two months earlier on 7 July 2005 London bombings after the episodes had already been shot.
According to The Guardian newspaper the day the first episode aired, "The similarities were sufficient to cause head of drama Jane Tranter and new BBC One controller Peter Fincham to agonise over whether to drop the episodes. The episodes eventually aired unedited, although before both installments of the two-parter the BBC One continuity announcer warned viewers that they featured scenes of terrorist bombing in London which some viewers might find disturbing.
Episode seven saw the departure of Fiona Carter (Olga Sosnovska); as Sosnovska was pregnant during filming and elected to leave the programme. In a by-now traditional shocking exit Carter attempted to kill her deranged ex-husband, who she thought had been hanged several years previously. Her ex-husband, however, abducted her and later shot her dead in Adam's presence when she tried to escape (by cutting her own wrists with broken glass to fake a suicide attempt, and thus managing to overpower her guards temporarily). Her character was replaced by Jo Portman (Miranda Raison), a new arrival at MI5 who had been recruited by Adam in the previous episode.
- Peter Firth as Harry Pearce
- Rupert Penry-Jones as Adam Carter
- Olga Sosnovska as Fiona Carter (until episode 7)
- Raza Jaffrey as Zafar Younis
- Anna Chancellor as Juliet Shaw
- Nicola Walker as Ruth Evershed
- Hugh Simon as Malcolm Wynn-Jones
- Rory MacGregor as Colin Wells
- Miranda Raison as Jo Portman (introduced episode 5)