December 16, 2017

The Worricker Trilogy from PBS

Winona Ryder and Bill Nighy in The Worricker Trilogy

I record most everything from PBS’s Masterpiece Theater and Contemporary and regularly erase anything that doesn’t ring a bell. “Page Eight” appeared on my recorded roster. Having never heard of it, poof, I made it electronically disappear.
Fast forward a few months, and Amazon Prime Video suggests I may like something called “The Worricker Trilogy” with “Page Eight” being the first installment, along with “Turks and Caicos” and “Salting the Battlefield.” The charming but low-key Bill Nighy stars as an MI5 operative who falls afoul of the British Prime Minister and the head of the intelligence network for which he works. The episodes cleverly begin and end with pencil drawings that morph into or from filmed images so the production artistry had me from the get-go.

The cast for all three episodes is unbelievably full of top line artists such as Rachel Weisz, Judy Davis, Michael Gambon, Saskia Reeves, Felicity Jones, Tom Hughes, Rupert Graves, Ralph Fiennes (as the Prime Minister), Christopher Walken, Winona Ryder, Dylan Baker, James Naughton and Marthe Keller, among others. Set in London initially, Johnny Worricker (Nighy) goes on the run with fellow spy Margot Tyrrell (Helena Bonham Carter)  to Turks and Caicos, and glamorous venues in continental Europe.

How did I miss this smart British political and spy thriller when first it came out? Good thing Netflix and Amazon have my back.

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