The Honourable Schoolboy (Dramatised) : Smiley Radio Plays

  • by John le Carré
  • Narrated by Simon Russell Beale
  • Series: Smiley Radio Plays
  • 2 hrs and 51 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

George Smiley has become acting chief of the Circus, but the credibility of the British Secret Service has been shattered. Smiley's adversary is Karla, the Soviet officer who masterminded the Circus's ruin. His battleground is Hong Kong and his choice of weapons is the Honourable Gerald Westerby.
A brand new Radio 4 full cast dramatisation of the classic George Smiley novel by John le Carre, starring Simon Russell Beale. This is the sixth in the major new series of all eight George Smiley spy thrillers on radio.


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Haven't read or listened to any of le Carre's novels, but did hear a dramatization of a Murder of Quality, which I thought was quite good. In this one, I found the male voices to be awfully similar and I wasn't always sure who was speaking. Plotwise, I enjoyed the first half, but thought it degenerated into silliness with a ridiculously melodramatic ending. So I can't recommend this dramatization.
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- Susan

Very good.

Beautifully done but was hoping to find an actual reading of the book. These dramatisations only take you so far into the book.
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- John E

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-11-2010
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited