Smiley’s Papers

In the summer of 1981, barely 18 months after the novel was first published, the BBC announced the follow-up series to Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Smiley’s People would see the return of Alec Guinness in the titular role, and form the flagpole for Auntie’s £25 million spending plans.

Daily Mirror – Wednesday 16 July 1980
The Stage – Thursday 17 July 1980

The middle part of the Karla trilogy was skipped, as The Honourable Schoolboy was deemed too expensive to film.

Not that the concluding part was exactly cheap. It was co-financed by Paramount Pictures, as part of a £3 million deal that would see the serial syndicated across the United States the day after it finished airing in the UK.

The Stage – Thursday 02 April 1981

Finally, here’s a nice on-location report from the shoot in Switzerland.

Daily Mirror – Saturday 05 December 1981
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