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One of the most exceptional programs ever to appear on television.,
This review is from: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy : Complete BBC Series [DVD]  (DVD)
John le Carré is one of the finest authors in the English language today. While his genre is the world of spies, his canvas is much larger: how we deceive ourselves while deceiving others. Alec Guinness' portrayal of George Smiley is quite likely one of his finest performances -- nuanced, full of range, self-aware. These videos/DVDs are a gem and while their topic is the now-defunct cold war, their characterizations are as valid today as they were when they were produced.
Best to watch them in order, this being the first.