In 2009, BBC producer Patrick Rayner achived a lifelong ambition to bring all eight of John le Carre's novels featuring George Smiley to Radio Four. Three producers - Patrick, Marc Beeby and Steven Canny commissioned just two writers - Shaun and Robert Forrest - to undertake this mammoth task.
Shaun wrote A Murder of Quality, The Looking Glass War, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and The Honourable Schoolboy.
Simon Russell Beale was cast as Smiley, with Anna Chancellor as his wife and a very distinguished cast featured in each episode. They received universally enthusiastic reviews in the press.
Each of the dramatisations is available as a BBC Audiobook and there is a box set of the entire series. Tinker Tailor and The Honourable Schoolboy were in the Sunday Times Top 5 Audiobooks ratings in 2010.