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The Worricker Trilogy [DVD] [2013]

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  • Actors: Bill Nighy, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Winona Ryder, Christopher Walken
  • Directors: David Hare
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Anamorphic, Widescreen, HiFi Sound
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 21 April 2014
  • Run Time: 286 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (300 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00I5Q6IMU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 937 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Since September 2001, the public every day reads of encroachments on their liberty which are justified in the name of security. David Hare's trilogy, ripped from the headlines, focuses on the internal divisions and arguments which have been raging inside an increasingly controversial intelligence community.

Page Eight
Johnny Worricker (Bill Nighy) is a long-serving MI5 officer. His boss and best friend Benedict Baron (Michael Gambon) dies suddenly, leaving behind a contentious file whose explosive contents threaten the stability of the organisation. Meanwhile, a seemingly chance encounter with Johnny's striking next-door neighbour and political activist Nancy Pierpan (Rachel Weisz) seems too good to be true. Johnny is forced to walk out of his job, and then out of his identity to find the truth.

Turks & Caicos
Johnny Worricker is hiding out from his work at MI5 on the tax-exile island paradise Turks & Caicos. Trouble comes knocking when an encounter with a CIA agent (Christopher Walken) forces him into the company of some dubious American businessmen. Claiming to be on the islands for a conference on the global financial crisis, Worricker soon learns their shady activities extend far beyond luxury hotels.
When one of them turns up dead, it's their financial PR (Winona Ryder) who seems to know more than she’s letting on. But will she help Johnny come to an understanding of what these men do and why they’re here? As evidence linking them to Prime Minister Alec Beasley comes to light, Worricker must act quickly if he is to survive.

Salting the Battlefield
Johnny Worricker and Margot Tyrrell are now on the run together across Europe, going from town to town in Germany. But Worricker knows his only chance of resolving his problems is to return home and confront his nemesis - the prime minister, Alec Beasley. To do this, he’s going to have to bring to light some unsavoury facts about the prime minister’s financial and business arrangements. But Worricker is haunted by the suspicion that he’s not the only person out to undermine the prime minister.

Bonus Features

Page Eight: Interviews with cast & crew
Turks & Caicos: Making of
Salting The Battlefield: "Moving On" making of

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I chose this rating because this box set is a must for all Bill Nighy fans and of Johnny Worricker followers. A must have box set for all fans of this genre. Superb acting with an outstanding cast. Sir Michael Gambon, Helena Bonham Carter, Winona Rider. Ralph Fiennes, Christopher Walken, and Rachel Weisz amongst many others and of course the magnificent acting of Bill Nighy who plays Johnny Worriker , a spy working for MI5 with a conscience. All three episodes of this box set are separate stories but all linked together. Superb viewing I would heartily recommend this to anyone.
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Top-notch, nuanced performances from world-class actors. An intriguing plot, fascinating characters and subtle scripting. Intrigue, tension and revelation worthy of Le Carre at his best. You get all that and more in these three films: the Worricker trilogy demonstrates that British TV can still produce a gripping political drama worth watching several times over.

Bill Nighy is flat-out brilliant as an old-guard MI5 man who seems to be out of step with the slick, ‘means justify the ends’ new generation of 21st century spooks. In Page Eight, the death of his long-time colleague and friend, head of MI5, triggers infighting over the succession and reveals something deeply suspicious about the UK government’s involvement in rendition and other off-book activity.
It brings Worricker – a moral man for all that he’s also an inveterate womaniser and a rubbish parent – directly into conflict with the Prime Minister. Ralph Fiennes brings massive complexity and subtlety to that character; charming one moment, vulnerable the next: ruthless and diamond-hard underneath. The few scenes between Fiennes and Nighy are edge-of-the-set perfect, as the balance of power shifts between them. Their body language and facial expressions speak volumes so the script doesn’t need to.
Similarly, the encounters in the second episode between Nighy and Christopher Walken are priceless. Walken is Worricker’s opposite number in the CIA and is tugging on the thread of illegal detention camps and global profiteering… a thread which leads straight back to the UK and its political leaders.
But all three films include stand-put performances from the female leads and supporting cast, too – Winona Ryder is astonishing as the damaged pivotal player who holds the key to uncovering a conspiracy.
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I missed Page 8 but was intrigued by Turks and Caicos and then Salting the battlefield hence my purchase. I would agree with others that Page 8 is certainly the best of the three with Turks & Caicos being next in line. All are stylish and the the cast is strong. I found it very enjoyable viewing.
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Still call them tvmovies? If so, God save tv! This trilogy gets the best out of Bill Nighy, proving he was born for noir roles. These 3 films have a jazzy mood that's based a lot not only on the soundtrack and the atmoshpere, but a lot on the bittersweet vibes, the desanchanted yet unpredictably passionate attitude that spring from Bill Nighy character and acting. very well written, excellent supporting actors. Page Eight is definitely the best chapter.
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By David H J Ashdown TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 7 April 2014
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The Worricker trilogy starts with the excellent Page Eight , and steadily goes downhill. The second part carries on the story as Johnny seeks refuge in the Turks and Caicos and finishes as he's pursued through Europe in Salting the Battlefield ,where it runs out of steam and gets a bit stupid which is a shame as the trilogy started off so well. If the promise of the first part had been realised it would have been an excellent story about covert MI5 operations and corrupt politicians but unfortunately it didn't live up to its early promise and was a resounding cop-out at the end.
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The five stars are for Bill Nighy, we are major fans of his and thoroughly enjoyed Page Eight - classic Nighy: Turks & Caicos was a let down, although Walken and Nighy worked hard to lift a mediocre and loopy plot and script. We were understandably apprehensive about Salting the Battlefield but everything was back to normal - magic. So...two out of three ain't bad !!
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Fine acting. Excellent writing. TV drama for grown-ups. A masterpiece. It gets better with each viewing. Fiennes and Nighy are electric.
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Really liked this trilogy. Had only seen Page Eight before and was glad to see there were sequels to it. Bill Nighy was very
good as the main character. Would recommend viewing this set.
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