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Masterpiece Contemporary
Page Eight
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Masterpiece contemporary, which follows the successful launches of Masterpiece classic and Masterpiece mystery!, will present outstanding British television drama with contemporary themes. Series release date: 2008

Program Description

An aging spy stumbles on an international scandal that could bring down the British government. But will it bring down his own career? Bill Nighy (Love Actually) stars, with Michael Gambon (Harry Potter), Ralph Fiennes (The English Patient), and Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener), who plays the agent's mysterious next-door neighbor. Written and directed by Sir David Hare (Oscar nominated adapter of The Reader and The Hours).

What happens when spies grow older in a post-9/11 world? Sixty-something MI-5 agent Johnny Worricker has amassed an impressive art collection, an amicable collection of ex-wives, and a droll, unflappable relationship with the work he enjoys alongside his boss and best friend, MI5 chief Benedict Baron. But when Benedict brings to light damning evidence of British complicity with illegal American torture operations, it falls to Johnny to do the right thing. And the right thing, in this morally ambiguous new era, is unclear — as unclear as the motives of Johnny's neighbor, Nancy, who draws Johnny in with her sad beauty and a secret of her own.

A Heyday Films, Runaway Fridge TV, Carnival, MASTERPIECE Coproduction in Association with NBCUniversal for BBC

© Carnival Film & Television Limited MMXI



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