TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY: In Sir Alec Guinness's first major TV role he plays George Smiley, a retired agent who is secretly brought into 'the Circus' (the code name for British Secret Intelligence Service) to root out a top-level mole. Gradually piecing together the story, the weary but determined Smiley trawls through the murky waters of Cold War espionage and his own past.
Originally transmitted 20th September 1982 to 25th October 1982.
SMILEY'S PEOPLE: The bespectacled spymaster is once more called from retirement to come to the aid of 'the Circus' - and he returns with a vengeance. The murder of an emigre Soviet General who was also a British agent, sends him digging into the past on a twisted trail across Europe that moves, inexorably, towards a final showdown with his old adversary, Karla of Moscow Centre.
Originally transmitted 10th September 1979 to 22nd October 1979.