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on 27 April 2014
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. Helena Bonham Carter plays Worricker’s female counterpart with robust efficiency which disguises an inevitable sadness. They’re all just ridiculously excellent.

If these three 90-minute films have a weakness, it’s that they are a little late in coming. The themes which were so relevant and timely when Page Eight first screened seem a little stale these days. The outrage of the intelligentsia, so betrayed by Tony Blair’s involvement in the war on terror, feels rather less relevant now than it did in 2010/11. However, the moral debate about whistle-blowing is still clearly important. And heck, it’s a great story of subtle manipulation and the intrigue of espionage…
If you haven’t already seen any of these films then you need to know that these are old-fashioned spy stories. They’re about thinking and talking and waiting. The tension comes from a few lines of ambiguous dialogue, from implication, and from often painful human interactions. This isn’t James Bond or Jason Bourne – although people do get murdered and governments can be toppled.
If you adore tradecraft and cunning, as seen in the Smiley series or Sandbaggers, then you’ll be thrilled. And after a long spell during which Scandinavia seemed to have the monopoly on taut, intelligent political drama, these have been a total treat.

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on 2 July 2014
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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on 17 September 2014
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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on 16 June 2014
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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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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on 21 April 2014
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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on 29 June 2014
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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on 11 February 2015
Who can argue against the pedigree of these fine actors? To have them all in such a collection is incredible. These are all true actors, not overpaid Hollywood stars with savvy agents.

The homely beauty of Rachel Weisz, gritty Gambon, the finesse of Fiennes and naughty Bill Nighy provides a masterpiece demonstration of acting and casting. Such diverse characters and all done to believable perfection.

Together with the rest of the acclaimed actors this collection of intrigue is the best thing to happen to TV drama since Le Carre’s Karla Trilogy stepped out of the shadows of the spy world.

I saw page eight on TV and had to get the trilogy but as much as I anticipated the arrival of the collection I still haven’t watched them.

WHY? Well the trouble is these are too good to have “been” watched.

I want the perfect evening to enjoy them with charming company and an expensive bottle of wine and until that happens I will drool with anticipation for all the ingredients to be in place when I can relax and enter the world of Worricker.
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on 22 August 2014
The first episode is very strong and reminds me of the old BBC John le Carré Smiley mini series which I find unparalleled in their pace and attention to detail. However, episodes 2 and 3 are increasingly slow and uneventful making them boring which is a shame after such a promising start. The love affairs are simply ridiculous and don't help to add credibility. I still recommend the series to any lover of espionage tales.
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