Sophia Myles and Laila Rouass are joining the cast of ninth series of Spooks (opens in new tab), which has just started filming in London. The new series of Spooks will introduce a host of new characters who shake things up and give cause for concern as Section D, once again, are left wondering exactly who can really be trusted. Friendships will be tested and the depth of deceit will lead to an unprecedented game of cat and mouse for the Spooks. As well as Sophia and Laila, Max Brown (Mistresses, The Tudors), Iain Glen (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider) and acclaimed theatre actor Simon Russell Beale will join Spooks as series regulars. But the characters they play and the impact they have on the team dynamic is being kept tightly under wraps. BBC Executive Producer Sarah Brandist said: "We are very proud to introduce an extraordinary number of exciting new characters to this new series. The new additions will really ruffle some feathers but, as intrigue and betrayal is at the heart of the new storylines, we don’t want to give too much away at this stage. All will be revealed when the series transmits on BBC One later this year!" Spooks will screen on BBC One later in 2010.
Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix.
An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.
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