Just to beat the topic from yesterday totally into the ground, here are my Top Five TV Shows About the Cold War:
- Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy — The Alex Guinness version, of course.
- Smiley’s People — The sequel to Tinker, Tailor. I have both series on DVD at home.
- Game, Set and Match — A series cobbled together from the first three novels in a Len Deighton trilogy of trilogies. It took some liberties, and I seem to recall hearing that Deighton hated it. This is possibly because the character that Ian Holm created for the series was quite different — a more tormented, stressed-out character — from the Bernard Samson in the novels. But I enjoyed the series anyway.
- The Missiles of October — Worth watching if only for Martin Sheen’s version of Bobby Kennedy.
- The Day After — A huge TV event at the time when it came out. Sort of the Cold War equivalent of “Roots.”
There’s sort of a lack of variety in this list, I’ll admit — the first three are spy series, and two by le Carre with the same chief protagonist. But I have to work with what TV gives me. And I really believe the first two are among the best things ever made for the tube.