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MASTERPIECE CONTEMPORARY: Page Eight

Airs Sunday, August 10, 2014 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Rachel Weisz as Nancy Pierpan and Bill Nighy as Johnny Worricker in "Page Eight."

For more than 40 years, MASTERPIECE has enthralled audiences with the works of the finest classic and contemporary writers interpreted by the world’s foremost actors. The MASTERPIECE schedule breaks the year into three “seasons,” each with its own host, graphics and distinct take on the series’ famous theme music.

Michael Gambon as Benedict Baron in "Page Eight."
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Above: Michael Gambon as Benedict Baron in "Page Eight."

Ralph Fiennes as Alec Beasley in "Page Eight."
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Above: Ralph Fiennes as Alec Beasley in "Page Eight."

"Page Eight" - 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.

Starring Bill Nighy ("Love Actually," "He Knew He Was Right"), Michael Gambon (the "Harry Potter" films, "Cranford"), Rachel Weisz ("The Constant Gardener") and Judy Davis ("Husbands and Wives"), "Page Eight" is written and directed by David Hare ("The Hours"), whose stylish spy thriller resonates with today's uneasy coexistence of security and uncertainty.

"Page Eight" originally aired in 2011.

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Preview: MASTERPIECE CONTEMPORARY: Page Eight

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Video Excerpt: MASTERPIECE CONTEMPORARY: Page Eight

Above: Watch a scene from David Hare's "Page Eight," starring Bill Nighy and Michael Gambon, premiering Sunday, November 6, 2011 at 9 p.m. on MASTERPIECE CONTEMPORARY.

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