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This review is from: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (BBC Audio) (Audio CD)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)This three CD set is a BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of John le Carre's novel 'The Spy Who Came In From The Cold', first broadcast in July 2009.
The production itself is up to the usual high standards of the BBC. However, it is a matter of some debate as to how well the novel actually is suitable for radio treatment. John le Carre's novels are not the action-packed spy capers we usually see at the cinema. Many of us remember BBC television's excellent dramatisation of Carre's 'Tinker, Taylor, Soldier, Spy' which caught the low-key atmosphere wonderfully (now available very cheaply: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy : Complete BBC Series  [DVD]). The use of location photography added a great deal to the appeal, together with Alec Guinness' superb performance. I don't think this radio version succeeds in capturing that very atmosphere - of fear, of coldness (literally), of the possibility of that slight facial expression meaning betrayal.
This is a good effort, no doubt about it, and on its own terms more than acceptable.
But I wouldn't be hurrying out to buy this.