We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
We love Fawlty Towers, and can quote most lines from them, and Brideshead Revisited was darn good, but the best series ever made for TV was from John LeCarre's book Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Six hours of dark, haunting intrigue, with the best casting imaginable. Alec Guiness is understatedly great, of course, but the others are equally remarkable. The character development is the best part of the series: the spy stuff provides the dramatic tension.
Even in the post cold-war era, one hell of a story. Perfect TV. See it.
I loved the books, and when that is the case, usually avoid any film version.
Of course, we haven't had a TV for 30 years either, so that also limits my temptation. But it's nice to know that on your say-so I never have to fear being ambushed by a screen with the LeCarre series playing, lying in wait to ruin the books for me.
Assistant VIllage Idiot
I did read the books. The BBC tv series is better than my imagination was. Watch the thing, AVI, and you'll see what I mean.