Bill Nighy will reprise his Page Eight role as MI5 spy Johnny Worricker in Turks & Caicos and Salting The Battlefield, the second and third installments of David Hare’s Emmy-winning spy thriller. Page Eight, which aired on BBC Two and as part of PBS’ Masterpiece series in 2011, starred Rachel Weisz, Ralph Fiennes, Judy Davis and Michael Gambon.
Produced by Carnival Films (Downton Abbey, The Hollow Crown, Any Human Heart) and filmed in London and on the Caribbean island of Turks & Caicos, the first follow-up to the award winning Page Eight, Turks & Caicos, will star Bill Nighy, Christopher Walken, Winona Ryder, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Rupert Graves, Ewen Bremner, James Naughton, Dylan Baker and Zach Grenier. Johnny Worricker (Nighy) has walked 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’.
Up next is Salting The Battlefield which 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. Filmed in London and Germany, Salting The Battlefield follows Johnny Worricker and Margot Tyrell 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.
As I have always said, Bill Nighy could read the phone book on TV and I’d be a happy camper…welcome back to the grid.