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Cold War TV Brilliance.
on 11 January 2016
Following the events of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, the now (re)retired Smiley is back, this time asked to investigate the death of his former contact, Vladimir. This leads him to unexpectedly cross paths again with his old adversary "Karla" of the Russian KGB and completes their story.
From 1982, this six-part drama series is widely regarded as one of the best ever made for television and you can see why; beautifully paced, with a fantastic script and superb acting all around, from a great cast. As in Tinker, Tailor...,Smiley is played by the incomparable Alec Guinness, as the immovable, inscrutable, rock around which the plot unfolds. Many of the character from Tinker, Tailor are back, played by the same actors (Bernard Hepton as Toby Esterhase, Anthony Baton as Lacon and Beryl Reid as Connie Sachs), which gives it a sense of continuity that Le Carré, of course, intended (Smiley's People, being the third and final instalment of his 'Karla Trilogy"). While there is a different Director in the chair (Simon Langton), the style, pace and feel are very similar to Tinker, Tailor, (not surprising, perhaps, given that both screenplays were written by Le Carré, himself!).
It is brilliant. Highly recommended.
The 2 DVD set contains all six episodes + interview footage with Le Carré and John Irvin (Director of tinker, tailor).