Smiley's People

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BBC Two (ended 1982)

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Smiley's People

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George Smiley returns to the Game. A member of one of George Smiley's old networks seems to have caught on to something big. When he turns up dead, the Circus asks George to tie up the loose ends with minimal fuss. But George Smiley does not like loose ends. Especially if they lead to the darkest recesses of the KGB - to Karla, the Sandman.
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  • This sequel to "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" finds George Smiley returning from retirement and finally achieving - but at great cost - a final victory over his KGB arch-enemy, Karla.

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    The huge success of "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" in 1979 made it inevitable that Alec Guinness would return as George Smiley in another John Le Carre adaptation - but instead of going to the next book in the series, "The Honourable Schoolboy", the BBC jumped to "Smiley's People", in which the veteran spymaster has a final confrontation with his ruthless Russian nemesis, Karla. Guinness was said by his biographer, Piers Paul Read, to be less satisfied with this sequel, mainly because it had a different director; but it is very nearly as dazzlingly good, every bit as impressively intricate, and with an equally fine cast. Guinness deservedly won a second BAFTA award as Smiley.moreless

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