Smiley Radio Plays

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A Murder of Quality (Dramatised) Publisher's Summary

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?

To discover the truth, Smiley must lift the lid on a world of hidden passions and dangerous hatreds.

Starring the award-winning Simon Russell Beale as Smiley and with a distinguished cast, including Geoffrey Palmer and Marcia Warren, this tense, compelling dramatisation perfectly captures the atmosphere of le Carré's gripping, sophisticated thriller.

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  • Book 1

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  • Book 2

    • A Murder of Quality (Dramatised)

    • By: John le Carré
    • Narrated by: Simon Russell Beale, Geoffrey Palmer, Marcia Warren
    • Length: 1 hr and 27 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 32

    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?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I love radio dramatizations

    • By Flyergrad on 03-30-12

    Regular price: $10.33

  • Book 3

    • The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (Dramatised)

    • By: John le Carré
    • Narrated by: Simon Russell Beale
    • Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 213
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 178
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 180

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Brian Cox is great but...

    • By DARBY KERN on 06-01-10

    Regular price: $15.49

  • Book 4

    • The Looking Glass War (Dramatised)

    • By: John le Carré
    • Narrated by: Simon Russell, Piotr Baumann, Ian McDiarmid, and others
    • Length: 1 hr and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 48
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 35

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • difficult to follow

    • By mr kieran j murphy on 02-03-18

    Regular price: $10.33

  • Book 5

    • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Dramatised)

    • By: John le Carré
    • Narrated by: Simon Russell Beale, Anna Chancellor, Alex Jennings, and others
    • Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 124
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 95
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 98

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Atmospheric, powerful production

    • By lynn on 03-09-11

    Regular price: $15.49

  • Book 6

    • The Honourable Schoolboy (Dramatised)

    • By: John le Carré
    • Narrated by: Simon Russell Beale
    • Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 68
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointing

    • By Susan on 12-07-12

    Regular price: $15.49

  • Book 7

    • Smiley's People (Dramatised)

    • By: John le Carré
    • Narrated by: Simon Russell Beale, Anna Chancellor, Lindsay Duncan, and others
    • Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 71
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent modern dramatisation

    • By lynn on 09-08-10

    Regular price: $15.49

  • Book 8

    • The Secret Pilgrim (Dramatised)

    • By: John le Carré
    • Narrated by: Simon Russell Beale, Patrick Malahide
    • Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26

    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'.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Spies, spies, spies. Looking for a good time

    • By Dermot on 04-07-15

    Regular price: $15.49