Bill Nighy has reprised his role as MI5 spy Johnny Worricker for BBC Two.
Nighy returns to the role for the second and third instalments – Turks & Caicos and Salting The Battlefield – from David Hare’s Emmy-winning spy thriller. The latest dramatisations follow Page Eight, which aired on BBC Two in August 2011 and starred Rachel Weisz, Ralph Fiennes, Judy Davis and Michael Gambon.
David Hare’s outstanding films and incredible cast are testament to the BBC’s commitment to original British drama and I am excited to welcome him and Bill Nighy back to BBC Two. – Janice Hadlow, Controller of BBC Two
The story picks up with Johnny Worricker walking out of his job at MI5, going to the airport apparently to choose his destination at random. But his presence on the obscure islands of Turks & Caicos brings him a new problem: he is being forced by the CIA to deal with a group of ambiguous Americans who are on the islands for a high-level conference on the world financial crisis. At the same time, an old girlfriend, Margot Tyrell, is being asked to betray her boss in London in order to establish an illicit connection between the prime minister and dark goings-on in the ‘war on terror’.
Turks & Caicos stars Bill Nighy, Christopher Walken, Winona Ryder, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Rupert Graves, Ewen Bremner, James Naughton, Dylan Baker and Zach Grenier. It was filmed in London and Turks & Caicos.
In the third instalment Johnny Worricker and Margot Tyrell are on the run across Europe, with MI5 hard on their heels. But life in exile is proving much harder than either of them expected. Worricker knows that his only chance of resolving the issues in both his personal and his professional lives is if he returns home to confront the powerful Prime Minister, Alec Beasley. In a duel of wits between the two men, there will be only one winner.
Salting The Battlefield stars Bill Nighy, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Rupert Graves, Felicity Jones, Olivia Williams, Saskia Reeves, Judy Davis, Kate Burdette, Ewen Bremner and Malcolm Sinclair.