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Chronicling an aging spy that stumbles on an international scandal, Masterpiece Contemporary turns to "Page Eight" for the series premiere airing Sunday, November 6 at 8pm on PBS North.
What happens when spies grow older in a post-9/11 world? Sixty-something MI-5 agent Johnny Worricker has amassed an impressive art collection, an amicable collection of ex-wives, and a droll, unflappable relationship with the work he enjoys alongside his boss and best friend, MI5 chief Benedict Baron. But when Benedict brings to light damning evidence of British complicity with illegal American torture operations, it falls to Johnny to do the right thing. And the right thing, in this morally ambiguous new era, is unclear — as unclear as the motives of Johnny's neighbor, Nancy, who draws Johnny in with her sad beauty and a secret of her own.
Bill Nighy (Love Actually, He Knew He Was Right) stars, with Michael Gambon (the Harry Potter films, Cranford), Judy Davis (Husbands and Wives), and Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener), who plays the agent's mysterious next-door neighbor. Written and directed by Sir David Hare (Oscar-nominated adapter of The Reader and The Hours), whose stylish spy thriller resonates with today's uneasy coexistence of security and uncertainty.