So, in the week that BBC3 loses first run rights to Torchwood, the Freeview channel is developing another spin-off for 2007… Rogue Spooks will be an offshoot from the popular MI5 (not 9 to 5, cos that starred Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton, obviously) and is being ushered into existence by independent producer Kudos and writer David Wolstencroft.
According to BBC3 controller Julian Bellamy at this morning’s BBC3 winter/spring schedule launch, the series will follow the exploits of a young team of MI5 recruits who, according to Bellamy:
“play by a different set of rules”
Well, with that exciting thumbnail, we hope they play by a different set of clichés while they’re about it.
And as for that moniker… Rogue Spooks is said to be a working title, and TV Today fervently hopes this is the case. And as Torchwood is an anagram of parent show Doctor Who, surely BBC3 has set a precedent here, and the more correct title for the new show would be Opsoks?
We love Spooks, as you know, but we await the arrival of this different rule book with cautious interest…