Smiley Radio Plays
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  • 1

    Call for the Dead

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  • 2

    A Murder of Quality (Dramatised)

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 27 mins)
    • By John le Carre
    • Narrated By Simon Russell Beale, Geoffrey Palmer, Marcia Warren
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    A Murder of Quality, set in the early 1960s, sees George Smiley investigating a murder in a public school. When the wife of one of the masters is found bludgeoned to death, Smiley, out of loyalty to an old friend, agrees to look into the case. But his investigation raises a multitude of questions. Who could have hated Stella Rode enough to kill her? Why was her dog put down shortly before the murder? And what did Mad Janie see on that fatal night?

    R. Morgan says: "I love radio dramatizations"
    I love radio dramatizations

    This is a dramatization of the story. I have neither read nor listened to the original story.

    Reviewed on March 30 2012 by R. Morgan (Winston-Salem, NC)
  • 3

    The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (Dramatised)

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Simon Russell Beale
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    It is 1962: the height of the Cold War and only months after the building of the Berlin Wall. Alec Leamas is a hard-working, hard-drinking British intelligence officer whose East Berlin network is in tatters. His agents are either on the run or dead, victims of the ruthlessly efficient East German counter-intelligence officer Hans-Dieter Mundt.

    DARBY KERN says: "Brian Cox is great but..."
    Brian Cox is great but...

    THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD is such a great story that it's hard to make a bad version of it. This one is good, but it's just good. It's been a..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 01 2010 by DARBY KERN (Green Bay, WI United States)
  • 4

    The Looking Glass War (Dramatised)

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 54 mins)
    • By John le Carre
    • Narrated By Simon Russell, Piotr Baumann, Ian McDiarmid, and others
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    When word reaches 'The Department' - an ailing section of British intelligence - that Soviet missiles are being installed close to the West German border, it seems the perfect opportunity to show Control and Smiley, their rivals over at the Circus, that The Department still has value. Former spy Fred Leiser is lured back from retirement to investigate, and manages to cross the border into East Germany in a dangerous night-time operation.

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  • 5

    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Simon Russell Beale, Anna Chancellor, Alex Jennings, and others
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    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.

    lynn says: "Atmospheric, powerful production"
    Atmospheric, powerful production

    I have read and listened to different interpretations of John le Carre's work over 20 years this is as good as any previous productions including the ..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 09 2011 by lynn (ADELAIDE, Australia)
  • 6

    The Honourable Schoolboy (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Simon Russell Beale
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    George Smiley has become acting chief of the Circus, but the credibility of the British Secret Service has been shattered. Smiley's adversary is Karla, the Soviet officer who masterminded the Circus's ruin. His battleground is Hong Kong and his choice of weapons is the Honourable Gerald Westerby. A brand new Radio 4 full cast dramatisation of the classic George Smiley novel by John le Carre, starring Simon Russell Beale. This is the sixth in the major new series of all eight George Smiley spy thrillers on radio.

    Susan says: "Disappointing"
    Disappointing

    Haven't read or listened to any of le Carre's novels, but did hear a dramatization of a Murder of Quality, which I thought was quite good. In this one..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 07 2012 by Susan (Madison, WI, United States)
  • 7

    Smiley's People (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Simon Russell Beale, Anna Chancellor, Lindsay Duncan, and others
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    When a Russian émigré is found murdered on Hampstead Heath, Smiley is called out of retirement to exorcise some Cold War ghosts from his clandestine past. What follows is Smiley the human being at his most vulnerable and Smiley the case officer at his most brilliant; and it takes to a thrilling conclusion his career-long, serpentine battle with the enigmatic and ruthless Russian spymaster Karla.

    lynn says: "Excellent modern dramatisation"
    Excellent modern dramatisation

    I have been a keen fan of John Le Carre for a long time, this dramatisation is excellent. It is at the right pace for the story to unfold the actors f..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 08 2010 by lynn (ADELAIDE, Australia)
  • 8

    The Secret Pilgrim (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Simon Russell Beale, Patrick Malahide
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    Simon Russell Beale stars in this BBC Radio full-cast dramatisation of John le Carré’s last Smiley novel.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'.

    lynn says: "Excellent production of episodic book"
    Excellent production of episodic book

    This is another very good dramatisation of the last book in which George Smiley appears, As a text the book is somewhat episodic but this production b..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 06 2011 by lynn (ADELAIDE, Australia)