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Simon Langton – The Whistle Blower (1986)

Robert Jones (Nigel Havers) works as a Russian translator at GCHQ in Cheltenham. Meanwhile, a couple of operatives suspected of being Soviet agents have died in apparent accidents, and GCHQ staff are encouraged to look out for suspicious behaviour in their colleagues. He confides to his father Frank (Michael Caine), a former GCHQ operative turned business-machine salesman, that he thinks the CIA are insisting that the British “plug the leaks” and that British Intelligence themselves, anxious to preserve their relationship with and funding from the Americans, may be behind the killings. The two men don’t know that they themselves are under surveillance. Then one day Robert dies in a fall… Read More »

Simon Langton – Smiley’s People (1982)

Called out of retirement to settle the affairs of a friend, Smiley finds his old organization, the Circus, so overwhelmed by political considerations that it doesn’t want to know what happened. He begins to follow up the clues of his friends past days, discovering that the clues lead to a high person in the Russian Secret service, and a secret important enough to kill for. Smiley continues to put together the pieces a step ahead or a step behind the Russian killers. Read More »