Le Carre weaves a gripping tale of international intrigue brilliantly adapted for the BBC by Arthur Hopcraft, who also adapted le Carre's TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY for television. A PERFECT SPY stars Peter Egan (REILLY: ACE OF SPIES) and Ray McAnally (A VERY BRITISH COUP) with an exceptional supporting cast featuring Alan Howard, Dame Peggy Ashcroft and Sarah Badel.
Typical of a Le Carré drama, the role of nature versus nurture in the spy business is a complex and fascinating mystery. Magnus has always been a talented liar--it was part of his survival in childhood--and seems most comfortable infiltrating others' secrets and tempting danger. But he is slowly and effortlessly outsmarted by those who know how to maneuver a man into a corner before he realizes he has run out of options. The cast of this 1988 British television miniseries is the best thing about the production, especially McAnally (My Left Foot), who died the following year. Arthur Hopcraft's smooth adaptation of Le Carré's story keeps the sometimes complicated narrative accessible, --Tom Keogh