Double bill of BBC espionage drama mini-series based on the novels by John Le Ca
rr‚ 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 ow
ing to his mishandling of the Czech scandal. However, the retiring superspy find
s himself summoned back to the 'Circus' (British secret service) when it transpi
res that an enemy infiltrator is at work in the department.
Smiley returns on
ce 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 Intellige
nce. 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.