'Masterpiece: Worricker - Turks & Caicos, Part 2'
(Ralph Fiennes, Bill Nighy, Christopher Walken, Winona Ryder, Helena Bonham Carter, et al / DVD / NR / 2014 / PBS)
Overview: This spy thriller is the second part of the Worricker trilogy. Johnny Worricker (Bill Nighy) is hiding out from his work at MI5 on the tax-exile island paradise Turks & Caicos. Trouble comes knocking when an encounter with a CIA agent (Christopher Walken) forces him into the company of some dubious American businessmen. Claiming to be on the islands for a conference on the global financial crisis, Worricker soon learns their shady activities extend far beyond the business of luxury hotels.
DVD Verdict: The first installment of what has now turned out to be a trilogy, 'Page Eight', made me long for more and David Hare has certainly delivered. The second episode, 'Turks & Cocos', is perhaps a bit slower paced and less spellbinding than 'Page Eight', but it has all the ingredients that made its predecessor such a breath of fresh air: a carefully crafted plot line, believable dialogue, excellent acting, a total absence of fist fights and explosions and a willingness to question the path the Western world has walked in the post-9/11 world.
After his escape from England, Johny Worricker is lying low in the Turks and Caicos islands, a British overseas territory with an American currency. Big men with big money are thick on the ground and Johnny soon gets drawn into a mental chess game with them that threatens to expose some unsavory secrets about the business aspects of the 'war on terror'. He soon has to fear for his safety again and re-engages some old friend in England to get to the heart of the matter.
Overall, it is a great piece of drama with a well written story and believe able characters. It isn't a Bondesque or other type of action spy drama and nor is it a John LeCarre type spy story. But it is a great drama which allows you to get into the story and keeps you interested in the development of the characters and how they react to the evolving storyline.
I can't wait to see the final installment, 'Salting the Battlefield'. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Feature of a Making Of Featuring Interviews with Cast & Crew.