'Mi-5: Volume 10'
(Peter Firth, Nicola Walker, Lara Pulver, Max Brown, et al / 2-Disc DVD / Not Rated / 2012 / BBC Home Video)
Overview: The BAFTA-winning, international hit spy show returns for the final series as Section D, once again, is left wondering who can really be trusted in this thrilling conclusion.
DVD Verdict: As I'm sure all you fans of this TV show know by now, the reason there are only two discs and six episodes in series ten is due to the fact this was the final season ever made! And yes, much like all you other fans of this incredible British TV show, I absolutely hate that it's ending too!
From day one this show was on the edge drama that kept you watching every single minute of every single episode. I mean, I can clearly remember back in the second episode of the very first season when they killed off one of the agents! Out of the blue! I mean, if that doesn't say to you nobody's safe here so don't think you know what's coming next then I don't know what does!
As befits the last series, "Volume 10" revolves around the now iconic Sir Harry Pearce, magnificently portrayed by Peter Firth, and the personal cost to himself in the name of professional duty. Harking back to the days when Spooks was an ensemble piece there are many stellar performances in this series, beginning with the emotionally nuanced Nicola Walker, as the brilliant Ruth Evershed, in a career defining character and performance.
Equally as brilliant, orbiting around them are Simon Russell Beale (politic William Towers), Alice Krige (elegant Elena Gavrik), Jonathan Hyde (ominous Ilya Gavrik), William Hope (enigmatic Jim Coaver) and Tom Weston Jones (troubled Sasha Gavrik.)
Of the newer cast members, only Geoffrey Streatfield (audacious Calum Reid) and Shazad Latif (dedicated Tariq Masood) hold my attention. This is a show that unquestionably is choosing to end production while still at the top of its form, rather than withering away as we have seen in so many television shows over the years. 'Mi-5' will remain one of my favorite shows of all time, and I'm constantly recommending it to people - as you should now do too! These are all Widescreen Presentations (1:85.1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Harry's Game (16:24)
Top 10 MI-5 Moments (17:28) (as voted for by the cast and crew!)