Bill Nighy returns as Johnny Worricker
Bill Nighy reprises his role as MI5 spy Johnny Worricker in the second and third instalments of David Hare’s Emmy-winning spy thriller. Turks & Caicos and Salting The Battlefield follow Page Eight, which aired on BBC Two in August 2011 and starred Rachel Weisz, Ralph Fiennes, Judy Davis and Michael Gambon.
All three films are produced by Carnival Films, (Downton Abbey, The Hollow Crown, Any Human Heart) for BBC Two.
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.
Johnny Worricker 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’.
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. It was filmed in london and Germany.
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.
Writer and director David Hare says: “We have assembled a most extraordinary cast for these two films. I think there may be two reasons for this – first and foremost, because so many actors want to appear alongside Bill Nighy, but secondly, because the audience responded so strongly to Page Eight – which has all the fun of spy fiction and is bang up to date and based in the real intelligence dilemmas of the last 10 years.”
Gareth Neame, Executive Producer and Managing Director of Carnival Films says: “After the success of Page Eight I am delighted to be working with David Hare on his next films. Once again, David has gathered a world-class cast alongside Bill Nighy, whose portrayal of Johnny Worricker captivated audiences in 2011.”
Janice Hadlow, Controller of BBC Two, says: “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.”