Spooks 901 - Richard Armitage
Spooks: Season 9 Episode 1 - Lucas North (Richard Armitage) © Kudos/BBC

Episode 3 of 8

First UK transmission on Monday, October 4th, 2010

Spooks Season 9, Episode 3 – The official details…

Lucas North (Richard Armitage), perhaps… © Kudos/BBC

When word gets out that the Azakstan Freedom Front (AFF) is searching for a lethal outlawed nerve agent called Paroxocybin, Harry Pearce sends Lucas North to help the Russians stop them, as the tense spy drama continues.

Lucas and FSB officer Viktor Barenshik succeed in destroying the sample, but Lucas is shocked when the AFF members are mercilessly killed by the Russian agents. Back in London, Section D become aware of a member of the AFF, Aibek, who has got away; leading Harry to make the controversial decision to let him run.

Section D soon get intelligence that Aibek is on his way to London in search of a second sample of Paroxocybin held by British scientist Stephen Kirby. As Aibek arrives in the capital he is picked up by the team who realise that Harry’s earlier decision could have terrifying consequences for national security. While trying to locate Aibek they are led to Kirkby’s office, but it’s too late; they find Kirby alone and beaten.

Lucas, Beth and Viktor follow Aibek’s trail through London, desperate to get to him before he finds the Paroxocybin. Meanwhile, Viktor’s behaviour exposes him as untrustworthy and it’s soon clear that he has his own plans for the nerve gas.

With time running out, the team have to work quickly before London becomes victim to a biological weapon that has the potential to wipe out the entire city in hours.

Harry Pearce is played by Peter Firth, Lucas North by Richard Armitage, Viktor Barenshik by Julian Lewis Jones, Aibek by Jonathan Aris, Stephen Kirby by Donald Sumpter and Beth by Sophia Myles.

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