Turks & Caicos (film)

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Turks & Caicos
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Genre Political thriller, action drama
Written byDavid Hare
Directed by David Hare
Starring
Theme music composer Paul Englishby
Country of originUnited Kingdom
United States
Original languageEnglish
Production
ProducerCelia Duval
Running time95 minutes
Production companies
Release
Original network
Original release
  • 20 March 2014 (2014-03-20)
Chronology
Preceded by Page Eight
Followed by Salting the Battlefield

Turks & Caicos is a 2014 political thriller television film, written and directed for the BBC by the playwright David Hare. [1] It follows Page Eight , which aired on BBC Two in August 2011 and is followed by Salting the Battlefield . [2] [3]

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Plot

Following the events of Page Eight , ex-MI5 officer Johnny Worricker (Bill Nighy) is in hiding on the Turks and Caicos Islands. A seemingly chance encounter with Curtis Pelissier (Christopher Walken) leads Johnny to a dinner with several shady American businessmen who comprise a company called Gladstone. The following morning, one of the businessmen is found dead on the beach in suspicious circumstances; Melanie Fall (Winona Ryder), a Gladstone liaison, seems to know more than she lets on. When Pelissier reveals himself to be a CIA covert operative who knows Johnny's true identity, Johnny desperately cuts a deal: he will help Pelissier with the investigation of Gladstone in exchange for his silence about his location.

The remaining businessmen claim to be on the islands for an international financial colloquium. Johnny learns they have a link to London private equity mogul Stirling Rogers (Rupert Graves), who is also director of a charitable foundation called The Bridge. Johnny links The Bridge to his old nemesis, Prime Minister Alec Beasley (Ralph Fiennes). Johnny's old girlfriend, former MI5 analyst Margot Tyrell (Helena Bonham-Carter), is now a financial expert in London who is working with Rogers. He calls on old acquaintance Rollo Maverley (Ewen Bremner) to contact Margot and extract information regarding The Bridge.

Before long, Johnny learns the extent of Gladstone's activities: they are "quartermasters" who have been overcharging the U.S. government for the construction of black site torture camps. When Margot and Rogers arrive on the island, Johnny quickly makes his presence known and, along with Pelissier, sets up a high-stakes meeting with the concerned parties. Amid tense negotiations, Johnny — with the help of Margot's information — secures a deal between the CIA and Gladstone, and reveals a link between the company's excess funds and Beasley's future ambitions. However, Johnny is double-crossed by Pelissier and is forced to flee the islands. He and Margot reconcile, and — with the help of local policeman Carroll — evade the CIA long enough to escape via boat. The two now go on the run, knowing their lives will never be the same again.

Cast

Production

Filming took place in London and the Turks and Caicos Islands. [4] [5] Turks & Caicos is a Carnival Films, Heyday Films, Beaglepug and Masterpiece co-production in association with NBCUniversal for BBC Television. [6]

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