This excellent trilogy of stories about spies, spying, and insider treachery in government and the secret service is thrilling, exciting, and compelling. The first factor making it such a marvellous series of plays is the director and scriptwriter, David Hare, who creates suspenseful, contemporary dramatic thrillers through clever, succinct dialogue and sensitive interaction between characters, without on-screen violence (though the viewer is always aware of the intense violent happenings that backdrop the stories), in topical and tropical settings which lift the plays out of the ordinary. The second factor, without which the plays would be far less effective, is the superb, laconic, somewhat disillusioned but committed, spy character created by wonderful Bill Nighy. He takes these plays and shapes them, moulds the character of Johnny Worricker into a believable, sympathetic, humane and utterly convincing MI5 spy who is totally redeemable, unlike so many of Le Carré's harsher and often unlikeable spy characters. The third reason for the heightened quality of this series is the plethora of great actors from Christopher Walken to Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter to Judy Davis, all playing their parts with total conviction and plausibility. A fantastic series, not to be missed.
British is best as always, when you want to watch a thinking mans thriller. I enjoyed every minute of it. The acting is superb, there is not a weak link in it. Bill Nighy is his usual laid back self, taking care of all the problems as they come along. Ralph Fiennes, Rupert Graves, Helen Bonham Carter, Christopher Walken are all superb, as is the rest of the cast. What I found really satisfying at the end was, that there are no real Baddies and no real Goodies, it all just resolves itself in a way where you say, "Yea that's how a situation like this would finish up.' I recommend it highly. Oh, and don't miss the extra's they give you a lot of insight to the making of the series.
Bill Nighy is solid as Worricker. The very put upon spy. These three tales are very well written and if you like a thinking man's version of a tale of espionage then these three stories will hold your interest. The character as played out on these shows will keep your interest with Nighy's performance alone. I have watched all three at least twice. I recommend them for those who like a good story in a quieter mode.
I accept there are plot holes, but not that many. I know that whilst Bill Nighy is cool, he's hardly a babe magnet. I accept that Beasly is Blair and the author probably doesn't rate him. I also know the acting is great, the story moves steadily, keeping one guessing. There are villains to dislike, there are changes to the old ways that we can mourn, we an get upset that the bad guys don't always get their comeuppance. We can also enjoy a good story. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It can't hold a light to, for instance, Knighy's State of Play, but then few can. Well worth the money.
Laid-back but slowly-menacing trilogy of stories each revolving around a senior British intelligence executive (Bill Nighy) and his attempts to cope honestly with, and defuse decently, the corruption of PM (Ralph Fiennes), who is busy attempting to feather his own nest. Under-utilised and much understated talents are on perfect display from Bill Nighy; perhaps not his very very best work but it’s an addictive and easy-watching drama that pulls you right in. I particularly liked the quirky-serious yet believable performance given by Michael Gambon - give it a watch.
I put my hand up to being a Bill Nighy fan and there is a huge amount to delight in these three explorations of the murky underworld surrounding the "special relationship" and its impact on political expediency and human decency. I would not agree (as some reviewers suggest) that the themes are dated - they seem to me to keep coming around - but it is fair to say that the drama here is in the dialogue, as opposed to the pyrotechnics of the Bond/Bourne odysseys (enjoyable as they can be). There is great chemistry between Bill Nighy and the female leads too and (to my mind anyway) a wonderful flavour of ironic insight into the way truth speaks to power. There is a richness to the project; returning to all three episodes always yields something new. Well worth watching.
..started out so well but the final disc lost it a bit for me..I think that possibly owing to the first DVD being such a good story that it was always going to be a challenge to keep up such a great standard. ..I'd say be forgiving & give it a chance but don't hold such high expectations for DVDs 2 & 3 (..as I did).
A wonderful trilogy. Great acting, great script, great story. The ending is perhaps a little disappointing, possibly because it's too realistic, too true to life, which might sound like a contradiction, but in fantasy one does like a happy ending of sorts. As it is, it's something of a "shaggy dog" ending, that not withstanding, a highly recommended production.
I love Bill Nighy as an actor and before watching 'Page 8', had no idea about his Worricker role. Once I saw there was two further sequels, I just had to get them and after one ('Turks and Cakos'), I cannot wait for the third. Brilliant acting by Nighy and good supportring cast(s).