When the wife of a schoolmaster is found bludgeoned to death, Smiley finds himself investigating her death - an investigation that lifts the lid on a world of hidden passions and murderous hatred in a public school in the early 1960s.
Shaun McKenna's dramatisation of John le Carré's second novel featuring George Smiley.
by JOHN LE CARRE abridged for radio in five parts by BERTHA LONSDALE
Read by Geoffrey Banks
The seemingly well-ordered life of a public school is shattered when a murder is committed in the home of a junior master. A former Intelligence Service man becomes curiously involved in the investigations because of his remote connection with a religious weekly newspaper.
by John le Carre, adapted for radio in parts by Rene Basilico
3: Piece by piece, Smiley tries to build up a picture of a murder victim. But opinions of Stella Rode are conflicting and occasionally rather uncomfortable.
(Repeated; Wed 12.27 pm)
by JOHN LE CARRE adapted for radio in five parts by RENE BASILICO
5: Before she was murdered, Stella Rode wrote a letter accusing her husband of planning to kill her. Now Stanley Rode has disappeared. There are new and unexpected disclosures before the final denouement in Smiley's own house in Chelsea.
Other parts played by SONIA FRASER and MARTYN READ
Producer JOHN FAWCETT WILSON
Framley Parsonage by ANTHONY TROLLOPE abridged in ten parts by RONALD RUSSELL
Read by PAUL ROGERS
10: Lady Lufton's Request Producer MICHAEL BOWEN BBC Bristol
(Starting on Monday: A Murder of Quality by John le Carr é, read by Geoffrey Banks )
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