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Le Carre: Oldman 'Smiley waiting to explode'

A new big screen adaptation of the classic Cold War spy novel Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy premiered last night, starring Gary Oldman as the latest George Smiley.

The book's author John Le Carre talks about the adaptation and the inspiration behind his main character.

This is an extended version of the broadcast interview.

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