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Salting the Battlefield (2014)

MI5 officer Johnny Worricker and Margot Tyrell are on the run together across Europe. But Worricker knows his only chance of resolving his problems is to return home and confront his nemesis, the prime minister.

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David Hare

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David Hare
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ralph Fiennes ... Alec Beasley
Shazad Latif ... Jez Nichols
Felicity Jones ... Julianne Worricker
James McArdle ... Ted Finch
Bill Nighy ... Johnny Worricker
Saskia Reeves ... Anthea Catcheside
Daniel Ryan ... Bill Catcheside
Leanne Best ... Amber Page
Judy Davis ... Jill Tankard
Helena Bonham Carter ... Margot Tyrrell
Ewen Bremner ... Rollo Maverley
Olivia Williams ... Belinda Kay
Kate Burdette ... Allegra Betts
Rupert Graves ... Stirling Rogers
Andrew Cleaver Andrew Cleaver ... Brian Lord
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The Johnny Worricker Spy trilogy concludes with Salting the Battlefield, in which our hero with his ex girlfriend, Margot are criss-crossing Europe trying to stay one step ahead of the security services and a vengeful Prime Minister. Worricker is being watched - His family and friends are being watched - He is running out of cash and he needs to make a move to reach an endgame. Written by Anonymous

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Reunites three Harry Potter actors; Ralph Fieness, Helena Bonham Carter and Bill Nighy See more »

Goofs

When Worricker and Margot are playing chess, the chess board is set up incorrectly. There should be a white square on the right edge of the board as they face it. The placement of the pieces appears randomly placed. See more »

Quotes

Jill Tankard: It's one thing to go around saying what you want. The test comes when you are actually given the chance to get it. When they wanted to get rid of Margaret Thatcher, John Major got toothache so he didn't have to answer his phone. A week later he was prime minister. How are your teeth?
Anthea Catcheside: Just beginning to ache.
Jill Tankard: Good, I'm glad to hear it.
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What goes around, comes around
17 January 2015 | by ochichornyeSee all my reviews

In the final installment of David Hare's Worricker trilogy, ex-MI5 analyst Johnny Worricker (Bill Nighy) pops up in Germany. He's still on the run from the British authorities, who are now aided by the German intelligence service in the cat-and-mouse game of tracking him down. The scandal involving the shady dealings of the British Prime Minister (Ralph Fiennes) is threatening to break in the open. A wind of change is palpable and one gets the feeling that events are finally heading to a showdown. It was always difficult to keep up the quality and suspense after the excellent first two films. For one, I found there was just a little too much explaining at the beginning rather than trusting in the intelligence of the viewer. So 'Salting' is probably the weakest of the trilogy, but weaker than excellent is still very good. I particularly liked the circular quality of the ending and the fact that, as in life, none of the main characters comes out as a real winner.

The acting and the production values, as in the other episodes, are consistently excellent. The sensitive camera work supports the intricate mood changes and turns in conversations. Paul Englishby's Jazz tracks are a perfect match for Worricker's character. In a recent interview with Zap2it, Bill Nighy said that he would love David Hare to write more 'Worricker' for him. It's going to be a tough call to come up with an original storyline and to keep up the quality, but I for one wouldn't mind if he tried.


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