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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.

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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.

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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.

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
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  • SD Version
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 10 September 1979

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