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Page Eight

Written and Directed by David Hare (BBC)

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Pravda playwright and The Reader screenwriter David Hare returns to directing for the first time in years with this John le Carré-style British spy drama. Johnny Worricker (Bill Nighy) plays a straight-arrow MI5 man, hollow from too many hard years and a bad relationship with his ex-wives and daughter, but still with a firm grip on his professional role. He gets suspicious when a neighbour (Rachel Weisz) gets a little too friendly, and discovers the office of the Prime Minister (Ralph Fiennes) has been keeping secrets. Not only does the picture, made for TV, look as good as most recent big screen spy films, the stellar cast delivers Hare's typically wordy dialogue with aplomb. Let's hope Hare turns Worricker's games into a franchise.

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