"A True Masterpiece"
"Riveting drama - simply the best"
"Immerse yourself, you will not be dissapointed"
"A must for Le Carre fans and BBC nostalgists
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
George Smiley is brought out of retirement to find
the enemy agent who has infiltrated the British Secret Service.
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy stars Alex Guinness as
George Smiley, John Le Carré's familiar, ageing British Intelligence
agent, called out of retirement to discover the identity of the
high-ranking Russian mole who has burrowed deep into "The Circus" -
codename for the British secret service. This slow-burning,
complicated and ultimately rewarding BBC adaptation, dramatised by Arthur
Hopcroft and directed by John Irvin, perfectly captures Le Carré's own
insight into the shady underworld of spies and the political climate
during the Cold War.
Le Carré's style is the antithesis of his contemporary Ian Fleming's -
far from the glamorous lifestyle of Bond, with his fast cars
and faster women, these agents ride around in Skodas, and Beryl Reid is
the closest thing to a femme fatale, save for Smiley's elusive
wife, Anne. An extraordinary cast (including Ian Bannen, Hywel Bennett and
Ian Richardson), gritty realism and close attention to detail make Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy an outstanding piece of television
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