He still won’t divulge the identity of his new woman.‘I don’t want to talk about myself,’ he says.‘I have this aversion to the emptiness of being a celebrity and used to only do interviews when forced to. I’d ask him a question, there would be a pause and then he’d say: “I can’t answer that because of the Official Secrets Act.” ‘That was his answer to every question I asked, so - for obvious reasons - he quickly became redundant from the show.’Peter doesn’t entirely rule out the possibility of becoming redundant from Spooks himself.
When he completes it in the summer, he will have been acting for 42 years. It’s a bit of a burden being attracted to that type, but they’ve acted as ballast in my life.
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But I’m less precious about it now.’In contrast, the makers of Spooks have remained very secretive. Despite being the only surviving member of the cast from the first series in 2002, he readily accepts it could all end: ‘One of the reasons Spooks has been so successful is because it has not been afraid to kill off its characters.
Storylines are closely guarded, and while it’s rumoured series ten will be the last - Peter says they are ‘running out of bad guys’ - there’s been no confirmation either way. ‘The producers have taken on the guise of the secret service and won’t tell us anything,’ he says, today immaculately dressed in a dark jacket, navy shirt and corduroy trousers. ‘On page one of the TV drama handbook it says: “Don’t kill off your heroes.” But Kudos, who make the show for the BBC, have done it time and again.