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Spooks, or MI-5, what is the title of this series?
According to information retrieved from DVD research: When the people behind “Spooks” decided to release the series in the USofA (reruns), they felt that the name would not be well received in the USA. They indicated on the DVDs that they felt that the US viewer would see the title of the show, “Spooks”, and think that the series was a horror show instead of thinking that the show was a spy show (despite the term spooks being used in the USA as a term for spies). Instead of releasing the series in the US with the name “Spooks”, they decided to go with “MI-5.”

And no, MI-5 is not somehow "Mission Impossible 5" (There was the original Mission Impossible series that aired from 1966-1973 (MI-1), and a new Mission Impossible series that aired 1988-1990 (MI-2). Then there are the three Mission Impossible films starring Tom Cruise that have been released (MI-3-5)). BTW MI5, the real MI5, is MI5 not MI-5.
MI-5, what is MI-5? (other than a British television show)
MI5 is the UK Secruity Service that is tasked with the mission of protecting against threats against national security (see FAQ on real MI5 website).

MI5 could be seen as the internal spy (or security) service, with MI6 (Secret Intelligence Service; i.e., the service the fictional James Bond works for) the external spy service.

The US Department of Homeland Security has been tasked with protecting the US from threats to national security and is more of a match with MI5 than the FBI (the FBI might investigate something that has to do with national security, but that is not it's primary mission). The CIA would match up with MI6.

Read question and answer #9 on the real MI5 website about how "realistic" Spooks is in depicting the work of MI5.

Classification: Scripted
Genre: Action | Adventure | Crime | Drama
Status: Ended
Network: BBC one ( United Kingdom)
Airs: Mondays at 09:00 pm
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: May 13, 2002
Ended: October 23, 2011
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