Pa­per pusher now sees dou­ble

Whitsunday Times - - CHILL -

Coun­ter­part, SBS, Satur­day at 10.30pm

OS­CAR win­ner JK Sim­mons stars in this thrilling twist on the tra­di­tional spy drama, which gives new mean­ing to the term ‘dou­ble-cross­ing’.

In­creas­ingly dis­sat­is­fied with his 29 years as a mid-level bu­reau­crat in the United Na­tions Of­fice of In­ter­change in Ber­lin, Howard Silk (Sim­mons, pic­tured) is anx­ious to do some­thing new.

After his boss makes it clear that a pro­mo­tion isn’t on the cards, Howard learns the po­si­tion he sought has gone to his col­league, Mar­cel.

Stranded in a job he doesn’t like, Howard is re­signed to car­ing for his co­matose wife, Emily, who was hos­pi­talised after be­ing hit by a car. How­ever, his life is up­ended when he is in­tro­duced to Prime, his dop­pel­ganger from a par­al­lel uni­verse cre­ated by a Cold War ex­per­i­ment gone awry.

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