Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
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This dramatisation of John Le Carré’s novel proved a landmark in British television. It received supreme critical acclaim for the screenplay by Arthur Hopcraft, the star Sir Alec Guinness and the camerawork of Tony Pierce-Roberts. In Sir Alec Guinness’s first major TV role he plays George Smiley, a retired agent who is secretly brought into ‘the Circus’ (the code name for British Secret Intelligence Service) to root out a top-level mole. Gradually piecing together the story, the weary but determined Smiley trawls through the murky waters of Cold War espionage and his own past.
|1||VideoEpisode 1||Retired espionage veteran George Smiley is called out on a top secret mission: to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6's echelons.||49:37||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|2||VideoEpisode 2||Retired from the ‘Circus’, George Smiley, former right-hand of the late Control, meets Ricky Tarr, a British agent who went AWOL, believe defected. Tarr tells of how a mission to Portugal led him to learning about the mole in the ‘Circus’.||49:14||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|3||VideoEpisode 3||The investigation begins, with Peter Guillam burgling the archives for information, while Smiley visits an old comrade whose past knowledge could prove vital to locating the spy.||46:31||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|4||VideoEpisode 4||While Guillam and Tarr come under pressure, Smiley recounts his one meeting with the Soviet master spy Karla, who is undoubtedly running the spy inside MI6.||42:37||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|5||VideoEpisode 5||Smiley goes to meet Jim Prideaux who is now back in Britain having survived his experience in Czechoslovakia. His testimony and that of others sheds new light on the ‘Testify’ fiasco and source ‘Merlin’.||44:54||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|6||VideoEpisode 6||Smiley confronts one of his suspects and gives him the results of his investigations, which could prove a considerable embarrassment to those concerned.||40:58||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|7||VideoEpisode 7||Smiley springs his trap and catches the spy. He later interrogates the spy and learns about how and why it happened, and the answers he gets robs him of any sense of victory.||43:06||£1.89||View in iTunes|
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I must admit firstly I'm a Tinker, Tailor nut and I have loved all of Alec Guinness work ever since The Lady Killers (not to mention Star Wars) I'm sure the new film will be great and the audio books are also very very good, but this TV series tops them all. It is just great and a great way to get into the story for the first time.
Its a must.
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy...........Alex Guinness and the cream of British actors, one word.....FANTASTIC !
This is a superb drama based on an excellent novel by John le Carre. The film of this will be out soon and will probably be very good, but dont let that put you off seeking out this very well acted and suspenseful drama wrapped around an iconic performance by Sir Alec Guinness.