BBC Two’s The Worricker Trilogy – which encompasses the 2011 TV movie Page Eight and the two recently commissioned follow ups Turks & Caicos and Salting The Battlefield – is adding to its cast. Dylan Baker (The Good Wife), Winona Ryder (Black Swan), Zach Grenier (The Good Wife), Christopher Walken (Catch Me If You Can), Helena Bonham Carter (Harry Potter), James Naughton (The Devil Wears Prada) and Malcolm Sinclair (Parade’s End) have all been cast in these follow ups to Page Eight. While Bill Nighy, Ralph Fiennes, Ewen Bremner, Saskia Reeves, Judy Davis and Kate Burdette will all reprise their roles from the 2011 TV movie.
Penned by David Hare, Page Eight followed MI5 officer Johnny Worricker who, following the death of the Director-General of MI5, is made aware of a plot to hand control of the organization directly over to Prime Minister Alec Beasley. Page Eight was produced by Carnival Films in association with Heyday Films & Runaway Fridge Films and starred Bill Nighy, Rachel Weisz, Ralph Fiennes, Judy Davis and Michael Gambon.
The first of these two new follow ups, titled Turks & Caicos, is again written and directed by David Hare and follows Johnny Worricker who, having walked out of his job at MI5, goes 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 Tyrrell, 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.Turks & Caicos is again being produced by Carnival Films in association with Heyday Films & Runaway Fridge Films and stars Bill Nighy, Christopher Walken, Winona Ryder, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Ewen Bremner, James Naughton, Dylan Baker and Zach Grenier. The executive producers are Gareth Neame, David Heyman, David Barron and Christine Langan.
The second follow up, titled Salting The Battlefied, which is also being written and directed by Hare and follows Johnny Worricker and Margot Tyrrell who 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 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. Salting The Battlefield is being produced by Carnival Films in association with Heyday Films & Runaway Fridge Films and stars Bill Nighy, Saskia Reeves, Judy Davis, Kate Burdette, Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter, Ewen Bremner and Malcolm Sinclair. The executive producers are Gareth Neame, David Heyman, David Barron and Christine Langan.