It is hard see how anyone who has watched the TV adaptation of John le Carré 's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy etc. will be impressed with the way in which the [spooks] code 9 series treats the important topic of the protection of their own members of staff, and of their informants, from violence and murder by enemy organisations.
Episode 4 opens with the murder of an MI5 informant, whose body is thrown from a building, landing on top of a car, terrifying the driver.
"It looks like someone's after our assets" says the torturer / former medical student ( Rob who spends half of his time getting illegal access to his former teaching hospital's computer systems to delete or fake evidence about his former girlfriend's lover, who he may or may not have murdered when the bomb went off in London)
"Could Hewitt's gang have found out that he was an informer ?"
"There's no way that they would know"
"If they did find out, then we would have a security leak, which would be very, very bad" , says Charlie. the mathematician, and new leader of the Mi5 Field Office 19 team, stating the obvious.
"If word gets out that our informers are dying, then we could end up losing all our assets". says Vik, re-stating the obvious.
The Charlie and Rachel decide that they still cannot cannot trust the rest of their team, in their attempts to find the MI5 traitor supposedly behind the nuclear (or was just atomic) bomb attack on London (does that already count as a massive security leak ?) Rachel goes undercover, after a fake stabbing incident at a night club.
It is simply inconceivable that the MI5 team, who are all out drinking and dancing together (again), should simply stand by whilst one of their colleagues is carted off in an ambulance (which was suspiciously visible in the background as they were leaving the club, before the "stabbing" incident in the street outside) and would meekly accept the refusal of the ambulance crew to tell them where they were taking Rachel to.
Given their previous record of bullying and blackmail and torture, of many of the other people they deal with in the series, why would they not flash a warrant card and insist on accompanying her to the hospital ?
Given that their former boss had been recently assassinated, and that an MI5 informants has just been murdered, did none of them think that this might be a deliberate attack on them, and act accordingly ?
Charlie says, inside the ambulance, "We're clear. I cannot believe that worked".
Neither can the audience !
Did none of the "trained observers" in the rest of the spooks code 9 team notice their boss Charlie lurking inside the ambulance, as Rachel was stretchered inside ?
The next MI5 informant is murdered with even more explicit violence (stabbed in the stomach, and throat slit), having watched a TV advert for the private sector "missing persons" tracing service,much in demand after the nuclear / atomic bomb attack on London (supposedly only a 10 kiloton device, i.e. half that of the Hiroshima or Nagasaki atomic bombs, something which would be a complete technical failure for a H bomb).
This advert features a website URL www.reconnectedUK.co.uk , which is a parked domain name, registered to Kudos, the production company resposible for [spooks] code 9.
They missed an opportunity to create another "back story" supporting website, but at least they have secured the advertised domain name from squatters.
The advert also features a Premium Rate phone line number, which, wisely, considering the recent scandals involving such numbers and TV programs, both on commercial and BBC TV programmes, uses the number 090908 79 09 79 which does conform to the Ofcom Telephone numbers for drama purposes (TV, Radio etc) rules.
Premium Rate Services 0909 8790000 to 8790999
"I doubt these terrorist groups have joined forces, so maybe something else is going on", says Charlie, after the MI6's brilliant deduction that the two murders of MI5 informants from two different terrorist groups, both in their witness protection scheme, both of whom have had notices pinned to their chests saying "MI5 informant", might actually be linked together.
"What the hell is going on ? Two of your informants dead, and one of your team in hospital after a drunken brawl. Not an exemplary week!", says the MI5 Director of Field Operations, who should have already disbanded this team by now.