This is the story of Magnus Pym, from his childhood to the end of his career in middle age. As a young man, there is little doubt that his father Rick was the most influential character in ... See full summary »
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »
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 Rick Pym (6 episodes, 1987)
Rüdiger Weigang ...
 Axel (6 episodes, 1987)
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 Jack Brotherhood (6 episodes, 1987)
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 Magnus Pym (5 episodes, 1987)
Jane Booker ...
 Mary Pym / ... (5 episodes, 1987)
Tim Healy ...
 Syd Lemon (5 episodes, 1987)
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 Miss Dubber (3 episodes, 1987)
Andy de la Tour ...
 Muspole (3 episodes, 1987)
Jack Ellis ...
 Perce Loft (3 episodes, 1987)
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 Magnus Pym (2 episodes, 1987)
Leonard Preston ...
 Fergus (2 episodes, 1987)
Sarah Bullen ...
 Kate (2 episodes, 1987)
Madeline Church ...
 Georgie (2 episodes, 1987)
Paul Daneman ...
 Bo Brammell (2 episodes, 1987)
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 Nigel (2 episodes, 1987)
Lesley Nightingale ...
 Sabina (2 episodes, 1987)
Ian Thompson ...
 Police Superintendent (2 episodes, 1987)
Alan Cohen ...
 Dance Band Leader (2 episodes, 1987)
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This is the story of Magnus Pym, from his childhood to the end of his career in middle age. As a young man, there is little doubt that his father Rick was the most influential character in his life. Rick was a raconteur, con man, thief, black marketer and all in all, simply larger than life. From a young age, Rick included Magnus in his schemes and the young man learned that you would do anything for the ones you love. When a university student in Switzerland, Pym meets the other person who will have the greatest influence in his life, Axel, a Czech refugee. As Pym enters his career in the British Secret Service, his relationship with Axel and the values he developed in childhood lead him down his own path of betrayal and loyalty. Written by garykmcd

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One of three four filmed adaptations of author John le Carré novels which feature the word "spy" in the title. The productions are two BBC mini-series, A Perfect Spy (1987) and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979), the classic 1960s feature film The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965), and the later cinema movie Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011). See more »

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Perfection
29 December 2004 | by (London ,England) – See all my reviews

This is without doubt my favourite Le Carre novel and it is transformed to the silver screen with all the love and care one could wish for. I read a review on this site that seems to find the characters loathsome but I believe this misses the point. All Le Carre stories are essentially love stories and this is no exception. It is an accurate reflection of the period in which it is set. Betrayal is the key by everybody for the good of nobody. Pym upbringing is so close to my own that I find it chilling watching. Peter Egan is in his finest role and the late lamented Ray McAnally is unbelievably good. Even the smallest roles played by such as Andy de la Tour, Tim Healy and Jack Ellis are spot on. This cast is a Theatre Impresario's Dream. The Story should not be spoiled by ill informed description but suffice it to say it relates to a young mans slow but inexorable destruction and descent into espionage and treason. All my sympathies lie with Magnus Pym and his sole (non sexual) love for Poppy (Rüdiger Weigang-as wonderful as always. His only true friendship but also by definition another in the long line of betrayals. OUTSTANDING! Rent it, buy it. love it.


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