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Page Eight (2011)

Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery, Thriller | TV Movie 6 November 2011
Johnny Worricker (Bill Nighy) is a long-serving MI5 officer. His boss and best friend Benedict Baron (Michael Gambon) dies suddenly, leaving behind him an inexplicable file, threatening the... See full summary »

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Johnny Worricker (Bill Nighy) is a long-serving MI5 officer. His boss and best friend Benedict Baron (Michael Gambon) dies suddenly, leaving behind him an inexplicable file, threatening the stability of the organization. Meanwhile, a seemingly chance encounter with Johnny's striking next-door neighbor and political activist Nancy Pierpan (Rachel Weisz) seems too good to be true. Johnny is forced to walk out of his job, and then out of his identity to find out the truth. Set in London and Cambridge, PAGE EIGHT is a contemporary spy film for the BBC, which addresses intelligence issues and moral dilemmas peculiar to the new century. Written by David Hare

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Cast members Bill Nighy and Tom Hughes appeared together in "About time" (2013). See more »

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The airport departure board shows long-haul destinations with flight numbers for EasyJet and Ryanair. For instance, EZY215 is shown as a flight to Santiago, while in reality, it is a Stansted to Glasgow flight. See more »

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Johnny Worricker: I had a feeling that if I asked a favour you were a sort of person who'd come through.
Nancy Pierpan: You trust me. Why on earth would you trust me?
Johnny Worricker: Because that's the job. Deciding who to trust. That's what the job is.
Johnny Worricker: Also, you told your father that I work for the Home Office.
Nancy Pierpan: I lied.
Johnny Worricker: Yeah.
Nancy Pierpan: You trust me because I lied.
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References The X Factor (2004) See more »

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Fine and Mellow
written by Billie Holiday
Used by kind permission of Carlin Music Corp
Performance of Billie Holiday used with permission as presented
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Fantastic piece of television
31 August 2011 | by (Shrewsbury, Great Britain) – See all my reviews

Bill Nighy, Rachel Weisz, and Michael Gambon in very good form, playing charmingly audacious characters. The Security Service, and the sense of 'England' that is built around it, are both portrayed in an amusingly artsy, lighting-a-cigarette-under-a-lamppost-to-the-tune-of-modern-jazz manner that some might might find annoying - but which I felt more to be endearing. And a refreshing contrast to the bleak picture of the world and it's intelligence services painted in other modern spy shows, 'Spooks' being the prime example.

The story seems to ramble a little, at first, and is not as tight or conventionally depicted as audiences might be used to, but it soon picks up - leading to a 'Johnny on the run' sequence that is as good as any other staple 'spy in hiding' romp in any TV espionage thriller of recent years, but one which is much more believable and down-to-earth. An unexpected conclusion left me praising Nighy's character for doing the right thing, in normal person terms, rather than 'the right thing' in the usual On Her Majesty's Secret Service terms that we're usually force-fed by spy drama - one of the many things that made the character and those around him seem less like a phantom, emotionless government spook, and more like a human being.

Well worth watching.


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