David Hare's all-star BBC spy drama Page Eight (which we first heard about last November and glimpsed some footage of in May) will premiere tonight on American television. (It aired in the UK over the summer.) Page Eight debuts at 9PM Eastern/Pacific on Masterpiece Contemporary. Here's the official synopsis:
Johnny Worricker (Bill Nighy) is a long-serving M15 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 neighbour and political activist Nancy Pierpan (Rachel Weisz) seems too good to be true. Set in London and Cambridge, Page Eight is a contemporary spy film which addresses intelligence issues and moral dilemmas peculiar to the new century. Also stars Ralph Fiennes and Judy Davis.With that impressive pedigree, I'm looking forward to this one almost as much as I'm looking forward to Tomas Alfredson's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy! (Both have gleaned extensive praise in England.) Apparently, it's a good year for serious spies. As usual with Masterpiece Theater material, Page Eight is set to hit DVD just a few days after its premiere, so if you miss it on television tonight you can pick up the DVD or Blu-ray this Tuesday, November 8. Bill Nighy has already revealed that a sequel may be in the works, something he himself very much hopes to see happen.
Here's the full teaser: