We’ve long thought some of the most fun ideas on telly are kids shows, Spy School is of interest as it’s from the team behind Fort Boyard: Ultimate Challenge, a fairly successful adaptation of Fort Boyard for a specifically kid’s market.
Spy School, led by Agents J and L, asks a team of two kids to complete a mission by disrupting the intentions of the evil Goldfist. This seems to involve doing a spy obstacle course in a warehouse (doing it within a time limit earn “hacks” – extra advantages in challenges to come), solving a load of puzzles at HQ with Agent J to give Agent L information out in the field then finally going out into the field to do a task of their own.
Really this sends out a lot of 90s kids show vibes – a bit Timebusters, a bit Swap Team, rather a lot of Mission: Pirattak – but that’s in a good way. The kids don’t seem to have to do a great deal, mind, except solve a couple of puzzles (which are quite inventively spun even if in episode one they were basically just touchscreen Mastermind and anagram solving), ending with a communication test at the Natural History Museum. I would suggest the time limits for most of the tasks seem a bit tight, especially the end one which they need to pass in order to “graduate”.
A fun enough way to spend 25 minutes though. Watched it? Let us know what you thought.