It was faintly amusing to see the studious Marcus become a tracksuit-wearing chav after a few hours spent watching Jeremy Kyle with Tim's friend Chris (Mathew Baynton), and I do quite like any scene where Tim's fellow spook Caitlin (Rebekah Staton) is around, but the rest can be painfully unfunny and, worse, utterly devoid of internal logic. After hearing that Chris is going to be looking after Marcus during school hours, Caitlin tells Tim "there are plenty of worse people you could leave Marcus with", implying she's know about Chris's character. But where's that come from? Have those characters even met yet?
Overall, Spy is just a huge mess, I don't care what its fans say. It's beneath Boyd, a particular waste of Robert Linsday (who's clearly having fun, but his character does nothing beyond brandish weapons while being a misogynistic idiot), and it's completely failing to do anything interesting with its derivative concept. You could remove every spy-related scene and the show would barely change one iota.
written by Simeon Goulden / directed by Ben Taylor / 28 October / Sky1