The Complete Smiley - The Karla Trilogy

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George Smiley uncovers a trail of Russian money leading to a prominent Hong Kong citizen.

Dramatisation of John le Carre's classic novel featuring intelligence officer George Smiley.

Set against the backdrop of the war in Indochina in 1975, spymaster George Smiley uncovers a trail of Russian money leading to a prominent Hong Kong citizen. But what is the money for?

George Smiley....Simon Russell Beale

Jerry Westerby....Hugh Bonneville

Peter Guillam....Richard Dillane

Connie Sachs....Maggie Steed

Doc De Salis....Bruce Alexander

Sam Collins....Nicholas Boulton

Oliver Lacon....Anthony Calf

Enderby....James Laurenson

Craw....Philip Quast

Ann Smiley....Anna Chancellor

The Girl, Phoebe....Tessa Nicholson

Stubbs/Wilbrahim....Nigel Hastings

Frost....Piers Wehner

Drake Ko....David Yip

Tiu....Paul Courtenay Hyu

Directed by Marc Beeby

This episode is available until 3.00pm on 14th February as part of the Series Catch-up Trial.

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Dramatisation of John le Carre's classic novel featuring intelligence officer George Smiley.

Smiley's operation in Hong Kong becomes increasingly dangerous when the government and American Intelligence begin to take notice.

George Smiley....Simon Russell Beale

Jerry Westerby....Hugh Bonneville

Peter Guillam....Richard Dillane

Connie Sachs....Maggie Steed

Sam Collins....Nicholas Boulton

Doc De Salis....Bruce Alexander

Craw....Philip Quast

Tiu....Paul Courtenay Hyu

Pelling....John Biggins

Mrs Pelling....Kate Layden

Liese Worth....Daisy Haggard

Hibbert....Ewan Hooper

Martello....John Guerrasio

Eckland....Rhys Jennings

Luke....Joseph Cohen-Cole

Directed by Marc Beeby

This episode is available until 3.00pm on 14th February as part of the Series Catch-up Trial.

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Simon Russell Beale stars as the intelligence officer George Smiley in a three-part dramatisation by Robert Forrest of John le Carre's classic novel, first published in 1979 and the third in the celebrated 'Karla Trilogy' following 'Tinker, Tailor, Solder, Spy' and 'The Honourable Schoolboy.'

Part 3: Smiley is ready to spring the trap on his life-long Russian adversary Karla. With Toby Esterhase watching his back, he now moves the operation to Berne in Switzerland. But can he be certain he's the hunter, not the hunted?

Ann - Anna Chancellor

Ostrakova - Lindsay Duncan

Peter Guillam - Richard Dillane

Saul Enderby - James Laurenson

Inspector Mendel - Kenneth Cranham

Toby Esterhase - Sam Dale

Grigoriev - Finlay Welsh

Night Registrar/Sister - Joanna Monro

Karla - Philip Fox

Tatiana - Alison Pettitt

Producer Patrick Rayner

This production continues BBC Radio 4's major undertaking of dramatising all of the eight novels that feature the spymaster George Smiley, played throughout by Simon Russell Beale.

'a radio triumph... Simon Russell Beale's pitch-perfect master spy.' (Financial Times)

The Smiley Books:

The bespectacled, tubby, eternally middle-aged, deceptively ordinary, constantly cuckolded, morally perplexed and steel-trap-minded George Smiley - a man said to possess 'the cunning of Satan and the conscience of a virgin' - is one of the most brilliantly realised characters in British fiction, and one of the very few to have an iconic status comparable to Sherlock Holmes.

Gripping as they are as sophisticated thrillers - le Carre is first and foremost a master storyteller - the eight novels are also profound studies of the British governing class and its institutions over the long years of the Cold War.

What the critics have said of The Complete Smiley:

'A cracking adaptation' (Financial Times)

'promised to be delicious, and it was.' (Guardian)

'radio drama at its best. Chillingly good.' (Daily Mail)

'Another utterly gorgeous adaptation.' (Time Out)

The eight and final novel in the Smiley sequence, 'The Secret Pilgrim', will be broadcast in June.

Simon Russell Beale's distinguished career has been concentrated almost entirely on the classical stage, where his parts include Hamlet, Iago and Macbeth. He won the Best Actor Olivier for his performance as Vanya in Uncle Vanya in 2003. He was awarded a CBE the same year.

Robert Forrest has written extensively for radio, where his work has won three Sony Awards. He has dramatised works by, among others, Leo Tolstoy, George Eliot, Robert Louis Stevenson, Conan Doyle, Ford Madox Ford and Vladimir Nabokov. His stage play for children Jason and the Argonauts has toured internationally and on Broadway. He lives in Strathaven, Lanarkshire.

This episode is available until 3.00pm on Sunday 2nd May as part of the Series Catch-up Trial.