The complete collection of acclaimed BBC Radio dramas based on John le Carré’s best-selling 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 Carré’s taut, thrilling spy novels.
Call For the Dead – A disenchanted Smiley is engaged in the routine job of security vetting. When a Foreign Office civil servant commits suicide not long after being cleared of Communist sympathies, Smiley investigates – and uncovers a deadly conspiracy with its roots in his own wartime past.
A Murder of Quality – A public school in the early 1960s. When the wife of one of the masters is found bludgeoned to death, Smiley, out of loyalty to an old friend, finds himself investigating her death – an investigation that lifts the lid on a world of hidden passions and murderous hatreds.
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold – The height of the Cold War. It is 1962, only months after the building of the Berlin Wall. Alec Leamas, a hard-working, hard-drinking British intelligence officer, finds his network in East Berlin is in complete tatters. All his agents are either on the run or dead, victims of the ruthlessly efficient East German counter-intelligence officer Hans-Dieter Mundt. Leamas is recalled to London.
The Looking Glass War – When word reaches The Department, an ailing section of British military intelligence, that Soviet missiles are being installed close to the West German border, former spy Fred Leiser is lured back from retirement to investigate. But the world has changed since The Department’s glory days during the Second World War. The harsh realities of the Cold War now prevail, and there is no place for heroes.
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy – Part 1 of the Karla Trilogy. George 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.
The Honourable Schoolboy – Part 2 of the Karla Trilogy. Smiley, now head of the Circus, must rebuild trust in the shattered organisation. He is also determined to destroy his nemesis, Karla, and his spy networks. He recruits Jerry Westerby, occasional spy, occasional news reporter, full-time romantic – The Honourable Schoolboy of the title – and despatches him to the Far East, where, amidst the corruption and decay of former colonies, a new battle is about to begin.