The Russia House (Dramatized)

  • by John le Carré
  • Narrated by Tom Baker
  • 3 hrs and 11 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

Tom Baker stars in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of John le Carré’s powerful thriller. In the third year of perestroika, London publisher Barley Blair is sent a manuscript from Moscow. Exposing Russian nuclear threats as a sham, the information - if it’s genuine - could shatter East-West relations. Jazz-loving, hard-drinking Blair is hardly the spymasters’ idea of the perfect agent, yet they are forced to send him to Moscow to make contact. But the Cold War thaws when Barley meets Katya, the beautiful Russian intermediary who is equally sceptical of state ideology. Mere pawns in a deadly game of international espionage, they nevertheless represent the breakdown of hostilities and a future which poses a huge threat to the entrenched professionals on both sides... Both a gripping spy saga and a poignant love story, The Russia House delivers all the excitement and tension expected from the master of espionage fiction. This BBC Radio 4 adaptation was dramatised by René Basilico.


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Top notch dramatisation

I have to say that this adaptation is a must for those who have enjoyed BBC Radio 4's recent "The complete Smiley". Tom Baker is utterly magnificent as Barley, a larger than life character. It is one of those dramatisations you find yourself listening to from start to finish in one sitting.
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- Ed Newsome

Sometimes what's left unsaid.

It's a tough call to be compared against the original novel - one of le Carre's finest in my opinion - and the near perfect Connery screen version. This three hour radio version is at times sublime at others, painfully careless. It's strange that the film version is half the length but manages to encapsulate the original far more effectively that this version. I suspect the whole cast knew the film version well and struggled to escape emulating it. In some ways this was a plus. Baker is wonderful. But I listened to him and saw Connery. I think his best ever role. The Walter scenes, especially the final one are confusing. It's all a little out of kilter. Bad editing at the last moment I suspect. However, overall not a bad way to spend three hours or so in the company of Le Carre's wonderful imagination and vision.
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- bignewshound

Book Details

  • Release Date: 15-08-2011
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited