[Thanks to richarcharmitageonline website for the following heads up]
Spoiler Alert..Although there's really nothing shocking in the details..
EXCERPT from Ian Wylie's blog post on the final series of Spooks..he was provided by Peter Firth with writers plans for Lucas North's demise, and the reason the final scene was altered.
"Secrets from Harry’s past emerge in the opening episode which begins a couple of months after we last saw him on top of a skyscraper, with Lucas North (Richard Armitage) having jumped to his death.
Some fans hoped Lucas might have somehow lived, as his leap was off screen.[Ricrar note: ahhh, it's sweet that they noticed:] But brief added re-cap footage to episode one and a conversation between Harry and Ruth make clear he won’t be coming back.
“The last series stands out for me, series nine, as being the best we’ve done,” insists Peter. “Although it didn’t quite work, the end of it, with Lucas North’s departure. We ran out of money basically.
“We were in the last couple of days of shooting and what we planned for him, we couldn’t film. It was much more spectacular – involving the very tall skyscraper and a helicopter. But we couldn’t afford the helicopter.
“Lucas was always going to die. It was just how he was going to die. There was a version where Harry shot him on top of the skyscraper. And that involved a long falling man picture.”
The backdrop to the farewell series is Britain’s attempt to cultivate a “special relationship” with Russia, rather than America.[Ricrar: Good luck with that..watch your back at all times:] True Blood star Lara Pulver joins the cast as Erin Watts, who has taken temporary charge in Harry’s absence. While Geoffrey Streatfeild as Calum Reed is another new arrival.
Action man Dimitri (Max Brown) and Tariq (Shazad Latif) are still there but Beth Bailey has left following actress Sophia Myles decision to live in the USA with her American partner."
Merci beaucoup to: http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/latestnews.html
Today, the soon to be new bride in our family was selecting her 'something old' to wear on her wedding day. She chose the lovely ruby ring her great aunt had given her when she was only about 17 yrs old. The aunt was given the ring by her parents upon a school graduation. As her 'something blue' our lovely niece will wear a birthstone ring of mine. One of her bridesmaids - another family member - will wear a beautiful amethyst ring that belonged to her grandmother. All this focus on the few pieces of family jewelry passed from former generations to the present, prompted my search for similar items on the internet. Let me make that last thought clearer - curiosity prompted me to hunt for an approximate value of the aforementioned family treasures.
Birthstone and anniversary information can be found on following website(see below link). See also the gorgeous peridot/diamond necklace. That green jewel is the birthstone for those born under the zodiac’s Leo..hmmm, and who might that be;)
p.s. the solitaire diamond is the same type stone & setting as my betrothal ring (although mine is not an antique..however, it's every bit as irreplaceable in my heart) About one yr ago, after attending another family wedding, my ring was missing and my heart broken. For months I thought my symbolically preciousss:) ring was gone forever, when one day I reached into the outside pocket of a travel bag and Voila! My preciousss (The Hobbit readers get it:) engagement ring was again in my hand. Will guard it with my life from now on. The memory of dh and I choosing it together is even more precious to me)
Anyone who has been reading this blog for more than a few days, probably realizes I'm somewhat of a history buff and have been commenting for quite awhile on the excellent series TheTudors.
With that in mind, those who have also read the most recent comments in the post below, will get the connection between the following pic and one of the Autumn images below.
Someone I follow on twitter recently made a trip to The Tower of London and snapped many pix. Here's the relevant one to comments below, which is accompanied by her remarks about HenryVIII's armor...
Quote:"And no surprises here...but I couldn't stop looking at the crotch! Lol! Henry VIII's armour" :)))