Star studded spy drama shooting in the capital
Date posted: 22.02.2011
Page Eight starring Bill Nighy, Rachel Weisz, Ralph Fiennes and Michael Gambon is currently shooting on location in London and Cambridge. A flagship drama for the BBC it is both written and directed by the twice Oscar®-nominated screenwriter Sir David Hare (The Reader) and produced by David Heyman and David Barron of the Harry Potter series.
The drama tells the story of an MI5 operative investigating a threat to the stability of the country's security services. Johnny Worricker (Nighy) is a long-serving MI5 officer. His boss and best friend, Benedict Baron (Gambon), dies suddenly leaving behind an inexplicable file. Meanwhile, a seemingly chance encounter with his next-door neighbour, Nancy Pierpan (Weisz), seems too good to be true. The plot unfolds to see Johnny forced to abandon his job and then his identity to discover the truth.
"It's hard to know what goes on in MI5, but this film takes an educated guess," Sir David said. "I've talked to people in MI5. People will always talk to playwrights much more freely than they talk to journalists because not only is it off the record, but it's also non-attributable. They know that whatever they tell me is going to be buried deep within the drama."
Joining the stellar cast are Ewen Bremner, Tom Hughes, Alice Krige, and Felicity Jones fresh picking up the Best Actress prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival. Best known as a prolific and award-winning playwright (Plenty, Racing Demon, Skylight and The Vertical Hour), Sir David Hare received Oscar® nominations for his screenplays of The Reader and The Hours. As director and writer of Wetherby, he won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival in 1985.
Page Eight was commissioned by BBC Two Controller Janice Hadlow and Ben Stephenson, the BBC's Head of Drama Commissioning. "David Hare's return to the BBC with this gripping spy thriller and star-studded cast is indicative of the quality and ambition of the drama you will see on BBC Two in 2011," Stephenson said.
The film is a co-production between Carnival Films, Heyday Films and Runaway Fridge with Oscar®-winning US producer Scott Rudin (No Country for Old Men, The Hours) as one of the executive producers.
Page Eight will be broadcast on BBC Two later this year. NBC Universal will handle international distribution.