George Smiley is one of the most brilliantly realised characters in British fiction. Bespectacled, tubby, eternally middle-aged
and deceptively ordinary, he has a mind like a steel trap and is said to possess 'the cunning of Satan and the conscience
of a virgin'. Smiley, wrestling with retirement and disillusionment, is summoned to a secret meeting with a member of the
Cabinet Office. Evidence has emerged that the Circus has been infiltrated at the highest level by a Russian agent. 'Find the
mole, George. Clean the stables. Do whatever is necessary.' Reluctantly Smiley agrees, and so embarks on a dark journey into
his past - a past filled with love, duplicity and betrayal. Starring the award-winning Simon Russell Beale as Smiley, and
with a star cast including Anna Chancellor, Alex Jennings, Kenneth Cranham and Bill Paterson, this epic dramatisation brilliantly
depicts the complicated moral dilemmas of those who practise post-war espionage, and illuminates the murky corners of le Carre's
classic spy thriller. 3 CDs. 3 hrs.
Simon Russell Beale stars in this BBC Radio dramatisation of the first book in
John le Carre's Karla trilogy.