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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (BBC Radio Full-Cast Dramatization) Audio CD – Audiobook, CD
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I'd listened to CALL FOR THE DEAD and THE HONORABLE SCHOOLBOY before buying TINKER, both of which were very well done. Then I listened to TINKER and found myself less impressed. I found myself missing scenes that I thought were important. I found the structure confusing, though (if memory serves) it follows the books structure more closely than other adaptations. By the end I found myself missing Bernard Hepton. Now this is strange because Mr. Russel-Beale is fantastic as Smiley. His performance is wonderful. I think what I was missing was the ensemble from the older show. The characters in the older program were more idiosyncratic, especially Charles Kay as Toby Esterhase.
Bill Haydon is hardly in the story until the final episode, and Lady Ann Smiley is only here as Smiley's imagination. In fact, all of the potential moles, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier and Poor Man, make no appearance before episode 3. They are all mentioned by Peter Guillam, who again, narrates the story, but are hardly there. I may be wrong about Tinker, but I don't think so. Most of Smiley's detective work is missing from this drama too.Read more ›