The Worricker Trilogy

Turks & Caicos

Series 1 - Episode 2 Turks & Caicos

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Review

Loose-limbed spy Johnny Worricker, last seen whistleblowing at MI5 in Page Eight, has a new life. He is hiding out in Ray-Bans on the Caribbean islands of the title, eating lobster and calling himself Tom Eliot (he’s a poet at heart).

Because Johnny/Tom is played by Bill Nighy, we’re drawn into his world and his predicament. Then Christopher Walken strolls in as a shadowy American who claims to know Johnny; Winona Ryder materialises as a damaged PR woman; Helena Bonham Carter is an old flame. It’s a wonderful line-up, a Rolls-Royce of a cast. But it’s running on flat tyres: the plot lets them down.

A businessman is murdered and for a while we’re watching a highbrow Death in Paradise. But writer/director David Hare gets bored with the murder and reverts to a conspiracy non-thriller about the war on terror, tax havens and private equity. Characters quote poetry and lecture each other on capitalism and “how the world goes round”. Nighy and Walken could be a great double act, but they never get the chance.

Summary

The second part of David Hare's spy trilogy, set immediately after the events of 2011's Page Eight. Johnny Worricker is hiding out from MI5 in the West Indies, but an encounter with a CIA agent forces him into the company of some dubious American businessmen, as well as high-powered financial PR Melane Fall. Worricker soon learns the extent of their shady activities and he must act quickly to survive when links to British prime minister Alec Beasley come to light. Starring Bill Nighy, Christopher Walken, Helena Bonham Carter, Winona Ryder and Ralph Fiennes. The final part of the trilogy - Salting the Battlefield - is on next Thursday at 9pm.
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