Alec Guinness plays Le Carre's George Smiley to a tea (albeit a good old english tea). All though the cold war has ended, this brillant British espionage thriller will never date. Look out for Patrick Stewart as the little touched on villan Karla.
When this program was filmed and aired for the first time I personally had only just been born. So it is through the novels of John Le Carre (AKA David John Moore Cornwell), that I first visited the inner working world of the Circus. In Australian schools they actually "force" the kids to read The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, however as I had already read it, I simply moved on to the other books. Both the TV series for Tinker Tailor and Smiley's People and very faithfull to the books, and I must confess that when I re-read the books the picture of George Smiley in my mind's eye will always be Alec Guinness, and Karla will also always be Patrick Stewart. I do wish however that the series had also included the book Honourable Schoolboy as it is the bridge between Tinker tailor and Smiley's People, which I would have thought (given the fact that it was a more action orintated novel) would have been a logical choice to make into TV.
Another great British television series. As is normal with good television shows, this one did not last long enough. This is a show that I would suggest watching if you get the chance. Check the bargain bins at Wal-Mart, the online movies sites (Amazon.com and such) and all of the cable channels that run old shows. Nick at Nite and TV Land are great for theses kind of shows. They will even do a week long spot for shows that only had 6 or so episodes. Then you have your super stations. They run a bunch of old shows too. All in all a pretty good show that did not get a good enough chance. Sometimes it is a simple as the show it is up against. Look at Law & Order. It is one of the longest running shows on TV. They moved it to go up against Lost. After about 2 weeks of getting pounded in the ratings it was moved back to it's original time slot. Shows like this should be given more of an opportunity.
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