Spyforce UK are military espionage action adventure in the format of a weekly, hour-long television mini-film. They are intended to highlight the important role played by British military intelligence forces in achieving victory in many difficult situations were British or Commonwealth issues are threatened so remain exciting and compelling. Despite being based upon a military intelligence setting, character development plays a key role in Spyforce UK The way the main characters interact and change over time has been carefully scripted.
Unlike many previous spy and war films, particularly American ones, Spyforce Uk does not portray the protagonists as invincible, who always win an easy victory. Indeed their human failings are made clear, and their plans do not always come to fruition.
The protagonists are members of a secretive special elite unit known as the Special Intelligence Unit, headed by Colonel Cato, who is only responsible directly to the British Prime Minister. Cato's unit which is outside MI5., MI6 and normal military Intelligence is responsible for covert operations, often behind enemy lines, during the 1960’s and 70’s.
As well as having access to all normal military equipment it also has access to material that has been found and developed by the Royal Society of Touchwood. Founded by Queen Victoria the Royal Society of Touchwood is a highly secret group set up to make use of items discovered during alien incursions of the World.
HG Wells had highlight one of these secret incursions in his book “War of the Worlds”. Treated as fiction it was based on fact, although the forces that attacked Britain were not Martians. Although initially limited by the technology and materials available on earth continue use was made of the items.
During WW2 the technology was used to build world’s first practical electronic digital information processing machine ‘Colossus’ to break the Lorenz cipher machine which was more complex than the Enigma machine. The first Colossus machine arrived at Bletchley in December 1943 and made use of 1,500 thermionic valves (vacuum tubes).
Major John Erskine MC is the hero and main protagonist of Spyforce UK. Erskine background is middle class having gone to a junior public school. His parents were both killed during a bombing raid in WW2. His father had owned his own engineering company that had done some work for the Royal Society of Touchwood. Erskine is an excellent soldier, although often prone to disobeying, or bending orders. He had gone to Sandhurst and joined the Middlesex Regiment before going into the SAS. He won his MC in Cyprus during the EOKA troubles. He also has a ruthless streak, but can be cold and calculating at times.
Erskine's main sidekick is Jill Steward. She is an Academic with a PHD in Ancient British and Viking History and undercover operative who is a master of disguise. She was born in Manchester, studied at Oxford and has contacts throughout the academic world. Stewart is a master linguist, fluent in five languages, and is also a firearms expert. She is an active re-enactor of the Viking age and can often be seen wearing clothes appropriate for a young Viking woman.
Steward has a crush on Erskine, and he an attracted admiration for her, but their relationship always remains platonic.
Colonel Cato is the Commanding Officer of the Special Intelligence Unit, and is directly responsible to the British Prime Minister. He is astutely intelligent, a clever strategist, very cunning and calculating, and is willing to do whatever is necessary to achieve his goals. Cato is not beyond bending the rules, and manipulates both Erskine and Steward. He is not seen in the hour-long television mini-film but his influence is always felt.
Mike French is a Technician who accompanies the team on its missions and deals with a wide range of mechanical and electrical equipment. He has some specialist tools provided by the Royal Society of Touchwood including a special screwdriver that uses ultrasonic frequency waves.
The team has a small group of Soldiers who provide covering fire and search capability when required.
SPYFORCE UK is brought to you by Oxmere Production Limited on behalf of 7TV studios and their owner Sidney Barron.
SPYFORCE UK forces are: -
1 x Military Mind Star,
1 x Investigative Academic Co-Star,
1 x Land Rover with 1 SMG-armed Driver,
1 x Rifle-armed Dog-Handler and Dog,
2 x Rifle-armed Soldiers
1 x Unarmed Technician.