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Call for the Dead (Dramatised)

Length: 1 hr and 27 mins
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Summary

Simon Russell Beale stars in this BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of John le Carré's first novel, which introduced his most famous character, George Smiley.

This dramatisation, set in London in the late 1950s, finds Smiley engaged in the humdrum job of security vetting. But when a Foreign Office civil servant commits suicide after an apparently unproblematic interview, Smiley is baffled. Refusing to believe that Fennan shot himself soon after making a cup of cocoa and asking the exchange to telephone him in the morning, Smiley decides to investigate - only to uncover a murderous conspiracy with its roots in his own secret wartime past.

Starring the award-winning Simon Russell Beale as Smiley, and with a distinguished cast including Kenneth Cranham, Eleanor Bron, and Anna Chancellor, this tense, thrilling dramatisation perfectly captures the atmosphere of le Carré's masterful début novel.

©1962 David Cornwell (P)2009 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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Brilliant

A great adaptation of a great story. Perfectly casted. If you have read any Le Carre or seen the television series with Alec Guinness you would do well to give this a listen.

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Amazing, chilling

A truly skilled rendition with really talented actors of an incredible spycraft novel by the timeless John LeCarre

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warning: this is not the unabridged novel

this is not the unabridged novel, it is an abridged audio dramatisation. Bit misleading, really.

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Very good

This is an excellent bbc drama. The cast is good. And the story is entertaining.