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Defending their country, Deceiving their friends,
No one is immune from the eyes and ears of MI-5
Worlds collide and nothing is what it seems in the thrilling new installment of MI-5. Tom has been branded a traitor and has disappeared, while Harry is in the hospital, seriously wounded. There's dissension in the ranks as Danny and Zoe are determined to clear Tom's name and an enemy they never thought possible has put the entire service at risk. An enigmatic agent, Adam Carter (Rupert Penry-Jones) has been recruited from MI-6 to help pick up the broken pieces but with his track record nobody will be safe.
At stake are their lives, personal relationships and the safety of everyone they know. Its a game they have no choice but to play.
This exclusive five-disc set includes all ten episodes from the original British third season of this riveting spy drama, each including over fifteen minutes of footage not broadcast in the US. Also included is over two hours of bonus materials, featuring cast and crew interviews, deleted scenes and behind-the-scenes featurettes!.
The team continues to contend with terrorist plots, embassy sieges, weapons proliferation and anarchists; not to mention the conflicts and power struggles back in the office. Can Zoe and Danny track Tom down and prove his innocence after he shot Harry? And is the latest addition to the team, former MI6 agent Adam Carter, a help or a hindrance?.
1. PROJECT FRIENDLY FIRE
Tom Quinn has been accused of assassinating the Chief of The Defence Staff, is guilty of shooting his superior Harry Pearce and has disappeared. When Oliver Mace, chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee, hears of this he seizes his opportunity to take control of Britains homeland intelligence service. With the Prime Ministers backing he launches an investigation into MI5, the aim being to uncover the rot at its core and take over. Danny, Zoe and the rest of the team, under intense watch, manage to skip surveillance and meet to discuss what to do. They must inform Harry, who is appalled to learn of this conspiracy, in the darker corners of Government and their crass intention to modernise the intelligence services. When Harrys contacted by Tom Quinn he tells him that MI5s only hope of survival is to prove that Tom was innocent. A few hours later the body of a dead man - the man who Tom claimed set him up - turns up on the steps of Thames House. Is this proof enough that Tom was innocent? Mace doesnt think so. So the battle for control continues. Can Tom and the team prove hes innocent and save the service?
2. THE SLEEPER
Harry reawakens a sleeper: Fred Roberts, renowned chemical engineer, Nobel Prize winner and happy family man sold his soul to MI5 over twenty years ago in return for a helping hand on the career ladder. Over the years this pact has become nothing more than a faded memory, but the time has come for Fred to repay his debt. Harry and the team are running Operation Flytrap - they want to spread the lie that Fred has made Red Mercury, a lethal trigger for a nuclear explosion, in order to attract terrorist groups. But at what cost to this mans life? When Tom begins to fear for Fred who is successfully being seduced by MI5 and the grand idea of helping protect the nation, he takes a moral stance that puts the whole operation in jeopardy. Can MI5 allow humanity to get in the way of its op? Tom is decommissioned by Harry and forced to leave the service. The operation, led by Adam, successfully traps a dangerous terrorist group the Aleph Command. Zoe meets Will, a freelance photographer. She falls for him and they fall into bed.
3. WHO GUARDS THE GUARDS?
Danny, on Close Quarter Protection, is shaken when his charge, the controversial writer Zulifakir living in Britain under a fatwa, is shot at. Zulifakir survives but immediately sacks MI5, appalled at how they, especially Danny, could have allowed this to happen. Its only on closer examination that Adam picks up on something crucial - the hitman missed his target, but almost hit the innocent Harakat. Would a hired gun man make this kind of mistake? Following through his hunch Adam tasks Danny to put Close Quarter Protection on Zulis friend Harakat. Disgruntled Danny does so and soon Danny and Harakat develop a deep friendship. Meanwhile Zoe and the rest of the team track down the hit man to a house in East London. They watch and wait, but nothing. He doesnt move an inch. When Harry receives a photo which shows Oliver Mace talking to the head of a Pakistani terror group a couple of years ago, MI5 are worried. Why were they meeting? And what were they talking about? Could this tell the team who the hitman was really aiming at?
4. A PRAYER FOR MY DAUGHTER
The latest round of Middle East peace talks are abruptly halted when Patricia Norton, a key delegate disappears. MI5 is worried - one of the last things Patricia said to Adam was that he should investigate David Swift, the newspaper mogul and renowned Israeli extremist, and a group hes associated with called the November Committee. What did Patricia know? Danny and Zoe are undercover in the Palestinian Freedom Campaign investigating the flamboyant, left wing MP and chairman of the Campaign, Nicholas Ashworth. Despite heavy surveillance, they have found nothing incriminating, but they come across a young, feisty campaigner - Harrys estranged daughter Catherine. The team continue to investigate Swift and the November Committee and soon discover that theyre not the only ones undercover in the Campaign. It seems the November Committee has an agent working there too. Not only that, they also discover a list of prominent figures involved in Middle East politics that the November Committee would like to have removed. Catherine is suspected to be the agent and Danny is tasked to stay close to her and find out the truth. Meanwhile Will proposes to Zoe, and she says yes.
5. LOVE AND DEATH
Zoe and Danny are tasked to play scarecrow - follow rogue scientist Dr Newland onto a North Sea ferry headed for Norway and warn him off meeting a contact who they believe will fund Newlands research into pneumonic plague. MI5 has learnt that Newland is perfecting a process which will enable him to mass produce and deliver the plague to a large population, and that he is on a verge of striking a deal with the North Koreans. This means biochemical warfare. Tensions are rising between Zoe and Danny thanks to Will, but they are fully across the task in hand. Its not until they are halfway across the North Sea that MI5 gets wind of a fact that changes everything. Newland isnt planning to do a deal to fund his research, the deal has already been done - hes planning to sell the stuff. This changes things radically and Danny and Zoe find themselves being instructed to assassinate this man. With Zoe sick, the task is left to Danny... but even coached by Adam, can he do it?
What seems like a routine operation against Turkish mafia gun-running turns into something far darker when three of the mafia terrorists are shot by another gang member. One of the men killed was an undercover police officer. Zoe, the MI5 officer infiltrating the Turkish gang, finds herself on trial for conspiracy to murder. But did she order the killing? And even if she did, shouldnt her actions be defendable given the amorality of these terrorists? The jury must decide. Despite a deal struck between Harry and the Government, Zoe is sentenced to 10 years in prison. Outraged that she should be made a scapegoat, MI5 arranges for a stooge to take her place in prison and for Zoe to take up a new life and identity in Chile. Although it means losing his best friend, Danny has to persuade her to go. Zoe apologises to Will, explains she is in some trouble but promises to be in touch. Then she disappears.
MI5 is alarmed when the death of a young primary school teacher brings the number of paracetamol-related fatalities to 9, with 11 more victims in a serious condition listed across Britain. It transpires different brands of pills have been laced with menazorphine, which would alter its effect to like drinking acid. Someone on the outside has hacked into the manufacturers computer systems and deliberately caused this lethal cocktail to occur. Ruth, with the help of Andrew (an old colleague and analyst from the National High Tech Crime Unit), investigate the possibility that Islamic terrorists are behind the threat. Together they try to trace the hackers behind the chaos that is now spreading across the country. Bank balances are being wiped, traffic lights are out of synch, everywhere there is mayhem and tragedy. Devastated and bitter at losing Zoe, Danny is obstructive on the operation and nasty to Ruth - until she goes missing, just as she was about to uncover the hackers identity. Working closely with he team, he deduces that the hacker is Andrew (an insider) and that hes holding Ruth. His demand? The valuable G&J key, a tool which controls the worlds computers. Adam negotiates a ransom deal and Danny races to Ruths rescue. Now Danny tells Will where Zoe is, and the lovers are reunited. .
When celebrity couple Riff and Bs baby is kidnapped, supermodel B demands MI5 handle the investigation. Harry is appalled but cant argue with Oliver Mace who tells him the Government is backing Bs request. Riff, a fading rock star, has just been knighted and the Government cant risk a drop in public morale should anything happen to the über-couples adored little Alfie. Harry hands this one straight to Adam. Mace seconds extra resources from Six to help out and Adams wife, Fiona, is sent in undercover to befriend B. She learns that B, fearful of losing her fame which has recently been on the wane, has set the whole kidnap up as a publicity stunt. What wasnt part of her elaborate plan was that Alfie should actually die. The horrible truth begins to unravel and, ironically, the truth is even more newsworthy. Meanwhile Harry, with Ruths help, uncovers a story of accidental death involving a politician and his young woman. Harry wants to force the MP to resign, but Mace intervenes - the resignation can be delayed until they can bury it beneath another, more headline- grabbing story. And Mace has one on the boil right now... A distraught Riff gets a call; his drug dealer Rudolfino Ponti wants to a meeting. When B finds out, she panics - Ponti is bound to tell Riff she paid him to kidnap Alfie. she rushes to the rendezvous, but its too late - Riff has killed Ponti. He then kills B before shooting himself. The story is reported as the tragic suicide pact of grief- stricken stars, while Sylvester resigns quietly to spend more time with his family.
9. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
MI5s suspicions are aroused when a known mercenary, Robert Morgan, who has recently been linked to a new player on the arms smuggling circuit, is seen visiting a top secret, old Soviet arms dump. Thanks to police ineptitude, Morgan discovers hes being watched at the hide and MI5 take this chance to bring him in and question him. Its only when MI5 discover exactly whats missing from the hide -- a laser target designator -- and discover that only a week ago E Section picked up some unusual radio activity and reported an untraceable flash over London, that they are able to piece together the jigsaw and understand the stakes. The untraceable flash could only be Morgans laser target designator having itself a trial run -- an attack on London is imminent. Adam and Danny begin the interrogation of Morgan, the objective being to find out who hes working for and what exactly they plan to do to our capital. They work their way through the three Fs finance, friends and family but how far will they go to coax the truth out of Morgan? Adam, driven by his own experiences, seems to want to stop at nothing. When the team uncover a link between Morgan and one of the UKs biggest oil companies they are even more perplexed. The oil company is involved in a controversial bidding war over the contract for a major new pipeline, but would they resort to these tactics to ensure a victory? Fiona is tasked to recruit an asset inside the oil company, but, under immense time pressure, she is soon asking the same question of herself that Adam is asking: how far will she go to ensure the recruitment of this asset? The team discovers Morgans Achilles heel his sick daughter. Adam has no choice but to use her to get Morgan to capitulate. Hes prevented an attack on central London, but put a child at risk in the process. How do you reconcile yourself to that?
10. THE SUFFERING OF STRANGERS
At home Fiona and Adam prepare breakfast, theres a relaxed air to their banter but unbeknownst to them they are being listened to and not by their own Security Services, but by a man with a desire to take his revenge for the atrocities that have occurred in his home country, Iraq. Following up one of the numerous leads flooding into an overworked MI5, Danny and Fiona race round to a house they suspect is being used by North African terrorists for meets. They have precisely 2 hours and 12 minutes to get there, install a listening device and get out. It all seems to be going smoothly, until, out of nowhere, a gang of terrorists led by Ahmed emerge and take both Danny and Fiona hostage. He forces Fiona to record a video statement stating his demands that the Prime Minster change a much anticipated speech regarding the UKs presence in Iraq and commit to an immediate withdrawal of troops and insists she call Adam, luring him into a trap. Adam speaks to Fiona who manages to conceal her distress and agrees to meet her on the south bank. Only when he gets there he is met by a stranger, not his wife. All Adam has to do is stay with the stranger, an Iraqi woman called Khatera, and do everything she says. Otherwise his wife and colleague will die. The grid remain unawares until Adam manages to send a coded message alarming Ruth to the problem. Soon, they are on the trail of all 3 missing officers. But its not soon enough and Danny and Fiona, desperate to do something, attempt an escape which has fatal results. Ahmed, angered by their disobedience, he decides to execute one. But to let Adam choose which one will die. But Danny speaks out giving Ahmed no choice but to kill him and allowing Adam to live without knowing he had ordered the death of either of them. Shocked. Desperate. Horrified. The team have to find Fiona and stop her from being killed too but can they hold it together? Can they save her? Adam works his relationship with Khatera until she reveals where Fiona is being held. But Khatera also reveals the gruesome truth that she is carrying an explosive device inside her body which is controlled by Ahmed and that Adams last task is to get her into where the Prime Minister is making his public address where she can instruct Ahemd to explode the device and kill him. By showing his love for Fiona Adam manages to win Khatera round, save the PM, the innocent people in the room, his own wife, everyone except Danny.. Starring: Matthew Macfadyen (The Way We Live Now, Perfect Strangers, Warriors) , Keeley Hawes (Canterbury Tales, Tipping the Velvet) , Jenny Agutter (The Alan Clark Diaries, The Railway Children) , Peter Firth (Holding On, Pearl Harbour) , David Oyelowo (Carrie's War, Tomorrow La Scala) , Nicola Walker (Touching Evil) , Rupert Penry-Jones (Cambridge Spies)
|Run Time:||About 10 Hours|
|Starring:||David Oyelowo;Jenny Agutter;Keeley Hawes;Peter Firth;Matthew Macfadyen|
|Cast:||Starring: Matthew Macfadyen (The Way We Live Now, Perfect Strangers, Warriors) , Keeley Hawes (Canterbury Tales, Tipping the Velvet) , Jenny Agutter (The Alan Clark Diaries, The Railway Children) , Peter Firth (Holding On, Pearl Harbour) , David Oyelowo (Carrie's War, Tomorrow La Scala) , Nicola Walker (Touching Evil) , Rupert Penry-Jones (Cambridge Spies)|
|Editorial Reviews:|| startlingly, embarrassingly better than the equivalent American C.I.A. shows like Alias - New York Times|
|Number of Discs:||5 Discs|
|Written By:||David Wolstencroft, Howard Brenton|