Starring Alec Guinness, Joss Ackland, Michael Aldridge, Ian Bannen, Anthony Bate, Bernard Hepton, George Sewell Directed by: John IrvinWho can spy on the spies? Some say George Smiley is in innocent retirement. Others say he was sacked after a Czech scandal. But all agree that nobody ever leaves the "circus" without some unfinished business. Brought out of retirement to trace an enemy infiltrator in the department where he was once the prize employee, the shy and retiring master of espionage moves forwards to investigate and finds himself going backwards over very old ground. Sir Alec Guiness is the definitive Smiley in this superb BBC adaptation of John le Carr's gripping novel.
This DVD is in original episodic form.
DVD Extras: Scene selection. 'The Secret Centre' (edited documentary).
George Smiley is brought out of retirement to find the enemy agent who has infiltrated the British Secret Service.
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“There should be a super-rating for TV productions which are works of art in their own right. 'The Wire' is one of them, but even then, Tinker, Tailor stands in a class of its own. This is the great achievement of TV drama before the expansion of TV to admit C4, and then the extra-terrestrials. The casting is exemplary, the script totally, totally superb as an adaptation from the novel for the TV screen (the change of location for Tarr's encounter with the Russian spy was just totally inspired, and a definite improvement on Hong Kong), the acting utterly unparalled in any filmed drama before or since, the authenticity of the sets excellent, just so excellent. Everything about this drama is totally believable and plausible and consequently, totally engrossing. Only one other TV serial equalled this, and that was Brideshead, with Jewel in the Crown following close behind. There will never be an opportunity to create a drama of this calibre again.”
From: Stephen Kershaw
“Brilliant, unhurried, studied portrait of a man humiliated in his personal life and shuffled off in his professional life, unravelling a series of complicated knots to find the "mole" at the Circus. Wonderfully observed, wonderful characterisations, wonderful book, wonderful series. And ... you don't have to vote at the end of it all! ”
From: jill ludlow