It’s not quite a ‘move over Spooks (MI5) scenario’ just yet, but there may be a new game in town in the world of contemporary spy drama by the name of Page Eight. Filming has just wrapped on the initial one-off set for BBC Two broadcast in the early Fall. The U.S. premiere will be Sunday, 6 November as part of PBS’ Masterpiece series. Page Eight will need just a few more episodes under it’s belt before it will achieve anything anywhere near Spooks (MI5) status given that the episode scorecard now stands at 80-1 at the moment with another six episodes of the brilliant Spooks (MI5) coming in late 2011/early 2012.
Page Eight, starring Ralph Fiennes, Sir Michael Gambon, Bill Nighy, Rachel Weisz and Judy Davis, tells the story of an MI5 operative’s attempts to investigate a threat to the stability of the country’s security services. Adding to the pedigree is co-producer, Carnival Films (Downton Abbey, Any Human Heart, Whitechapel) and Oscar-nominated writer/director, David Hare.
This according to the BBC press office. Johnny Worricker (Nighy) is a long-serving M15 officer. His boss and best friend, Benedict Baron (Gambon), dies suddenly, leaving behind him an inexplicable file which threatens the stability of the organization.
Meanwhile, a seemingly chance encounter with Johnny’s striking next-door neighbor and political activist, Nancy Pierpan (Weisz), seems too good to be true. Johnny is forced to walk out of his job and then out of his identity to find out the truth.
Welcome to the grid, Page Eight.