The Worricker Trilogy includes: Page Eight (2011), Turks & Caicos (2012), and Salting the Battlefield (2014). All are written and directed by David Hare. Bill Nighy plays MI5 intelligence analyst Johnny Worricker. Johnny gets in trouble with the Prime Minister (Ralph Fiennes) and goes on the run. My favorite episode is Turks & Caicos when Johnny is hiding out on a tropical island, a tourist hideawy, but trouble finds him. Christopher Walken, a CIA agent, wants Johnny to help him bring down a ring of greedy businessmen. Johnny seeks to help a publicity agent (Winona Ryder) trapped in a corrupt world. What makes “Turks & Caicos” special is Johnny’s ex-girl friend, Helena Bonham Carter. Nighy and Carter are still on the run in the final episode, “Salting the Battlefield.” They’re running out of resources and MI5 is hassling Johnny’s pregnant daughter.
Bill Nighy hits all the right notes as Johnny Worricker. Watching Helena Bonham Carter act is always a delight. Ralph Fiennes projects just the right mix of ruthlessness and rectitude of a real Prime Minister. This series apparently was shown on MASTERPIECE THEATER, but I missed it. Thank goodness for AMAZON PRIME VIDEO! GRADE:B+ for “Page Eight,” GRADE: A for “Turks 8 Caicos,” and GRADE: B+ for “Salting the Battlefield”