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Double bill of BBC espionage drama mini-series based on the novels by John Le Carr and starring Alec Guinness as master spy George Smiley. In 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy' (1979), Smiley has been in 'retirement' for some time, some say owing to his mishandling of the Czech scandal. However, the retiring superspy finds himself summoned back to the 'Circus' (British secret service) when it transpires that an enemy infiltrator is at work in the department. Smiley returns once again to his old department in 'Smiley's People' (1982) following the murder of his friend, General Vladimir, a Russian who once worked for British Intelligence. When it transpires that Vladimir was in fact a double agent, Smiley becomes engaged in a battle of wills with his old adversaries at the Moscow Centre.
- Aspect Ratio : 1.33:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : English
- Product dimensions : 3.1 x 19 x 13.5 cm; 218.01 Grams
- Manufacturer reference : 5051561035357
- Release date : 14 January 2013
- Subtitles: : English
- Language : English (Mono)
- Studio : BBC
- ASIN : B005CW117C
- Number of discs : 4
- Best Sellers Rank: 27,461 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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'Tinker Taylor', the Beeb's first attempt, was perhaps a little formulaic, portraying the characters as 'spies' first, and human beings second, although Beryl Read gives a perfect portrayal of Connie, and Ian Richardson is just right for Bill Haydon.
'Smiley's People' gets even closer to the mark, bringing out the characters' eccentricities and humanity, so intrinsic to J le C's plots. My only quibble throughout is that Alec Guinness gives Smiley far too much authority; le Carre describes him as 'one of the meek who do not inherit the earth', whereas in these productions he comes across as a sort of secret-world guru. (See Denholm Elliot's portrayal in 'A Murder of Quality'. That's how Smiley should be done.)
Included is the documentary 'The Secret Circle'; an absolute gem: thought provoking and insightful, with plenty of interviews of John le Carre himself, as well as one or two other... 'involved' people.
In all, a great little package which, like the books, benefits from re-visiting time and again.
The TTSS DVD version was an excellent version of the original BBC version of events that was spoiled only by the overlay of subtitles on disk 2, episodes which could not be switched off - still, as said, enjoyable upto a point. The Smiley's People DVD version disk 1,started off well apart from the problem of subtitles, which again, could not be switched off. Unfortunately, Disk 1, Episode 2 and Episode 3 proved to be unaccessible?
Disk 2 of Smiley's People had the same issues. Subtitles could not be switched off and Episodes 5 and 6 again proved to be unaccessible. Given the original dates) of production, I found the quality of playback very good. Just peeved that I am now left in limbo as to how the video version.
If anyone can throw light on how the Amazon Video version(s) play out regards the above issues I could be tempted to splash the cash?