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Summary

A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of John le Carré's fourth novel, starring Simon Russell Beale as Smiley and Piotr Baumann as Fred Leiser.

When word reaches 'The Department' - an ailing section of British intelligence - that Soviet missiles are being installed close to the West German border, it seems the perfect opportunity to show Control and Smiley, their rivals over at the Circus, that The Department still has value.

Former spy Fred Leiser is lured back from retirement to investigate, and manages to cross the border into East Germany in a dangerous night-time operation. But the world has changed since The Department's glory days during the Second World War. The harsh realities of the Cold War now prevail, and there is no place for heroes....

With a distinguished cast including Ian McDiarmid and Philip Jackson, this compelling dramatisation perfectly captures the atmosphere of le Carré's chilling novel of deception and betrayal.

©1965 le Carre Productions (P)2009 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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Maybe my favorite LeCarre novel?

Smiley is a supporting character in this one, but no matter. Simon Russell Beale is still terrific as Smiley and so is Ian McDarwid as LeClerc. It's a great story of probable Circus stitch up of moldering Whitehall agency, exploiting a Polish emigre hero from WWII in the process.

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Another great instalment

This is another great instalment in the BBC George smiley series. The story is good. And the cast bring the story to life

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  • 03-02-18

difficult to follow

the story was very difficult to follow. it felt like the story had been abridged and lost some sense.