The complete collection of acclaimed BBC Radio dramas based on John le Carre's bestselling novels, starring Simon Russell Beale as George Smiley.
With a star cast including Kenneth Cranham, Eleanor Bron, Brian Cox, Ian MacDiarmid, Anna Chancellor, Hugh Bonneville and Lindsay Duncan, these enthralling dramatisations perfectly capture the atmosphere of le Carre's taut, thrilling spy novels.
Call for the Dead is the first Smiley novel, which sees him looking into an apparent suicide only to uncover a murderous conspiracy;
A Murder of Quality finds Smiley investigating a murder in a private school;
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold introduces Alec Leamas, a British intelligence officer whose East Berlin network is in tatters;
The Looking Glass War features former spy Fred Leiser, lured back from retirement to investigate a claim that Soviet missiles are being installed close to the West German border;
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is the first book in the Karla trilogy, and sees Smiley searching for a mole who has infiltrated the Circus;
The Honourable Schoolboy sees Smiley determined to destroy his nemesis, Karla, and his spy networks;
Smiley's People finds George Smiley called out of retirement to exorcise some Cold War ghosts from his clandestine past;
The Secret Pilgrim sees Smiley invited to dine with the eager new recruits at the Circus. He offers them his thoughts on espionage and, in doing so, prompts a former colleague to re-examine his own eventful secret life.
'A radio triumph...Simon Russell Beale's pitch-perfect master spy' - "Financial Times".
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Great dramas but very poor user interface
The George Smiley BBC Radio Dramas are wonderfully acted amd Le Carre fans will not be disappointed. Sadly, the iTunes/IOS labelling for each Drama and their indvidual parts is 'user violent' in my opinion. Hence the 4 Star rating.
Specifically, the overall package of 8 radio dramas (18 hrs of listening) is annoated as "Track 1" which is then subdivided into 21 tracks labelled "Track 1", "Track 2" etc which presumably refer to the individual episodes broadcasted by the BBC. There are no labels to signify which drama/book, and part thereof, is on each track. For eg, "Call for the Dead" is on Tracks 1 and 2. Far from helpful if you want to listen to the dramas out of sequence. There is a 'Resume' option on the iPod (and presumably IOS) but I don't know if that setting would survive a synch or restore.
Complete George Smiley
Faultlessly cast. Every voice actor is just superb. I agree with the dubious interface but I cannot fault the content. The best audio drama I own without question. Buy and enjoy Smiley and co at their very best.
Only the BBC could mess this up.
Track labels are numbers rather then titles, lazy incompetence by the BBC.