Neil was lead writer for two acclaimed series of the hit BBC spy drama Spooks. Joining the writing team for a single episode in Series 5, his major contribution was to Series 6 and 7. He wrote the following episodes:
Nominated for a BAFTA award and an International Emmy award for Best Drama Series
First aired: 27 October 2008
An al Qaeda cell kidnaps a British soldier and demands that Remembrance Sunday be cancelled as it is an affront to all dead Muslim soldiers. MI5 hunts the cell but when the team secures the release of former MI5 officer Lucas North in a secret spy swap, they realise al Qaeda has a new sponsor – the emerging superpower Russia, and there’s a bomb…
First aired:28 October 2008
Harry vows revenge by taking down the Head of Russia’s intelligence service in Britain with the help of Lucas North. Lucas’s loyalties, however, are secretly no longer with MI5 and he exploits Harry’s trust to help a Russian submarine destroy Britain’s communications system, causing financial and social chaos.
First aired: 8 December 2008
The Russians are launching a nuclear strike on London. The only person who can help the team at this desperate hour is the traitor amongst them. With the Russians hunting them down, the team usher their traitor through London in a desperate bid to reach the codes and the bomb in time.
First aired: 16th October 2007
Adam and Zaf target a UK-bound terrorist with a train bomb in Tehran. As the operation goes catastrophically wrong, the team learn of the darker goals of their mission and the influence of a mysterious external agent, with the repercussions of the Tehran blast felt on the streets of London.
First aired: 16th October 2007
The highly-contagious plague-like virus unleashed by the Tehran blast is on the streets of London and a wounded, infected Zaf has been captured, possibly already killed. As the team races against time to stop the virus spreading, they corral and infect top international spies in a bid to discover a vaccine.
First aired: 27 November 2007
As the team discovers the size and reach of the Yalta organisation, Ros desperately attempts to escape identification. However, her betrayal is revealed by Ben Kaplan. Knowing her very limited options, she presents the furious Adam and Harry with a proposal – if they permit her to head to the Yalta headquarters, she will be in a unique position to infiltrate and disembowel Yalta’s grand plan. But can she be trusted?.
First aired: 4th December 2007
Having been humbled by Yalta’s attack on their satellite network, the US is planning air-strikes on Iranian nuclear facilities. The team are suspended from the Grid following the Ros Myers affair, and, when utterly impotent and isolated, an old adversary of Harry’s appears out of the woodwork to inform them of a bomb he’s planted in London. It’s either innocent civilians or the team itself who will perish, but who is really behind the threat?
First aired Monday 6th November 2006
MI5 are assigned to protect Niko Grecic, a Serbian war criminal who is testifying against his former commander at The Hague. Adam is contacted by Richard Dempsey, a former MI6 officer who betrayed him and defected to Serbia. Believing Dempsey intends to assassinate Grecic, Harry orders Zaf and Jo to kill him.
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