Smiley's People is a 6 part mini-series based on the book by master thriller writer John Le Carre. This intricate Cold War spy story, shot with gritty realism throughout early-80's Europe, unfolds at a deliberate pace that reflects the tension of the time. Starring Sir Alec Guinness as George Smiley, Smiley's People is filled with a talented cast that portrays all manner of interesting characters who have rich and complex histories. This is a series that relies on sharp writing and deep characters and it has both. If you're looking for true quality in a spy thriller you must check out the work that everyone, from John Le Carre on down, put into this rich and textured mini-series.
Called out of retirement to settle the affairs of a friend, Smiley finds his old organization, the Circus, so overwhelmed by political considerations that it doesn't want to know what happened.