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Tuesday, 19 November 2013

SIR ALEC GUINNESS: JEDI AND SPY CATCHER

To hunt a traitor: Sir Alec Guinness is George Smiley. Image: BBC.

UK fans of Sir Alec Guinness, beyond his work as Obi-Wan Kenobi in STAR WARS, should check out tonight's much-welcome BBC 4 repeat run of the acclaimed, brilliantly made, award-winning adaptation of spy genre author John Le Carre's TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY from 1979, beginning in weekly two episode chunks from 10pm. Guinness is absolutely superb-understated and quietly powerful- as George Smiley, the retired spy brought back into service to find a traitor in "The Circus" hierarchy, in this genuinely classy production, with great acting support from the likes of Hywel Bennett, Michael Jayston and a cameo from STAR TREK's Patrick Stewart as Smiley's Russian nemesis, Karla.

It's well worth checking out, full of atmosphere and slow-building twists and turns-far superior to the recent over-stylised film version starring Gary Oldman...

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