Year of Spies: October
Thriller Espionage Web Series
Trick or treat? A demoted field agent is reduced to routine surveillance on a London town house on Halloween. But alongside her new rookie partner, she discovers there is no such thing as routine.
Year of Spies: October was the fourth episode produced by the team, as they wanted to explore the suspense horror genre next and there's no better day to set it than Halloween!
The team conducted research into real terrorism and discovered most threats to national security aren't from James Bond style super villains or groups, but from individuals working alone from their own homes. It's a terrifying thought that your next door neighbour, teacher or doctor could be plotting something behind closed doors. It's a theme we wanted to explore in the current world climate.
Production took place just before and just after Halloween 2015. Everything but one shot was filmed in Stoke-On-Trent, that one shot being the exterior of the real SIS headquarters in London.
Rachel Shenton was cast as Agent Eve Harper. Rachel has appeared in Channel 4's Hollyoaks and is currently working in the US on ABC series Switched at Birth. She was more than happy to be back filming again in her home town.
"It's amazing, there's no place like home and I love working with Chris and Steph. I've worked with Chris since I was 16 and I just love it. It's always so creative, everyone pitches in."
Manchester based actor James Oates was cast as Jack, a new recruit who's still finding his feet.
I really enjoyed working on Year of Spies. It was a fun and challenging project and playing the part of Jack was great. Chris's direction allowed us to play around and explore lots of different options. Really can't wait for the final cut to come out!