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BBC Radio Full-Cast Dramatization of the second book in John le Carre's 'Karla' trilogy (George Smiley series.) Starring the award-winning Simon Russell Beale as Smiley, and with a star cast including Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Steed, and Anna Chancellor, this gripping dramatization perfectly captures the atmosphere of le Carre's intricate, intriguing novel.
George Smiley is one of the most brilliantly realized 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.''
Smiley, now head of the Circus, must rebuild trust in the shattered organization. He is also determined to destroy his nemesis, Karla, and his spy networks. He recruits Jerry Westerby, occasional spy, occasional news reporter, full-time romantic - the ''Honourable Schoolboy'' of the title - and dispatches him to the Far East, where, amidst the corruption and decay of former colonies, a new battle is about to begin . . .
Dramatic Cast Includes:
Jerry Westerby: Hugh Bonneville / George Smiley: Simon Russell Beale / Peter Guillam: Richard Dillane / Connie Sachs: Maggie Steed / Doc de Salis: Bruce Alexander / Craw: Philip Quast / Liese Worth: Daisy Haggard / Martello: John Guerrasio / Oliver Lacon: Anthony Calf / Sam Collins: Nicholas Boulton / Enderby: James Laurenson / Drake Ko: David Yip / Tiu, Charlie Marshall: Paul Courtenay Hyu / Ann Smiley: Anna Chancellor / Frost: Piers Wehner / The Girl, Phoebe: Tessa Nicholson / Murphy, Luke: Joseph Cohen-Cole / Stubbs, Wilbrahim, Masters: Nigel Hastings / Hibbert: Ewan Hooper / Eckland: Rhys Jennings / Mickey: Angelo Paragoso / Ricardo: Chris Pavlo / Pelling: John Biggins / Mrs. Pelling: Kate Layden
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John le Carre, the pseudonym of David John Moore Cornwell, is an English author of espionage novels. After attending the universities at Berne and Oxford, he taught at Eton and spent five years in the British Foreign Service. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, his third book, secured him a worldwide reputation as one of the greatest spy novelists in history. In 2011 his novel Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy was made into a feature film starring Gary Oldman. Le Carre has more than twenty titles to his name and lives in Cornwall, Great Britain.
''[The Honourable Schoolboy] is both a refinement and a summation of le Carre's work so far. All his virtues are on ample display - his almost Dickensian facility for characterization, his mordant satire of English bureaucratic infighting, the maze-like plotting that compels our rapt attention . . . le Carre has once again elevated the possibility of the spy novel.'' --Newsweek
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