Monday 14 December 2009, 09:53
And I thought it was fabulously good.
We have an audience measurement system for appreciation - called AIs - which should not be taken as religion. Sometimes the sample sizes are small, some genres (new comedy) always do less well than others... old favourites etc... and I do not use AIs as a mainstay of commissioning. So I risk inconsistency when I point out that the AIs for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy were 91. This is astonishingly high... indeed, about as high as it gets.
This is my third bout of Smiley-mania. First came Alec Guinness in the TV adaptation in 1979 - then I read the books - and now this with Simon Russell Beale as Smiley. I think he's been extraordinary. And the dramatisers - Robert Forrest and Shaun McKenna - have done wonderfully well in striking a balance between faithfulness to the text and necessary compression.
Do catch it.
Mark Damazer is Controller of BBC Radio 4
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