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Classic TV: Alec Guinness in Smiley’s People by John le Carre (BBC) – #2/6


Sequel to the classic Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Superb cast led by Alec Guiness, with amongst others Michael Byrne, Anthony Bate, Eileen Atkins, Barry Foster, Bernard Hepton, Vladek Sheybal, Curt Jurgens

From Wikipedia

Smiley’s People is a 1982 drama miniseries in six parts, made for the BBC. Directed by Simon Langton, produced by Jonathan Powell, it is the television adaptation of the 1979 spy novel Smiley’s People by John le Carré, and the sequel to Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Starring Alec Guinness, Michael Byrne, Anthony Bate and Bernard Hepton, it was first shown in the United Kingdom from 20 September to 22 October 1982, and in the United States beginning on 25 October 1982.

George Smiley is called out of retirement when one of his former assets, an émigré general, is found murdered. In tidying up loose ends for the “Circus”, his former employer, he discovers a clandestine operation run by his nemesis, Karla, for his own personal benefit. Smiley is able to use this irregularity against Karla, forcing him to defect to the West.

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