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Seasons:
1
Release Date:
29 September 1980 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced out of semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6's echelons. Full summary »
Awards:
Nominated for Primetime Emmy. Another 4 wins & 7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Masterpiece See more (81 total) »

Cast

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Alec Guinness ... George Smiley (7 episodes, 1979)

Michael Jayston ... Peter Guillam (7 episodes, 1979)
Anthony Bate ... Sir Oliver Lacon / ... (7 episodes, 1979)
George Sewell ... Mendel (7 episodes, 1979)
Bernard Hepton ... Toby Esterhase (5 episodes, 1979)

Ian Richardson ... Bill Haydon (5 episodes, 1979)
Hywel Bennett ... Ricki Tarr (5 episodes, 1979)
Terence Rigby ... Roy Bland (4 episodes, 1979)

Ian Bannen ... Jim Prideaux (4 episodes, 1979)
Michael Aldridge ... Percy Alleline (4 episodes, 1979)
Alec Sabin ... Fawn (4 episodes, 1979)

Alexander Knox ... Control (3 episodes, 1979)
Duncan Jones ... Roach (3 episodes, 1979)
Daniel Beecher ... Spikely (3 episodes, 1979)
John Wells ... Headmaster (2 episodes, 1979)
Frank Compton ... Bryant (2 episodes, 1979)
Frank Moorey ... Lauda Strickland (2 episodes, 1979)
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Series Directed by
John Irvin (7 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Writing credits
Arthur Hopcraft (7 episodes, 1979)
John le Carré (7 episodes, 1979)

Series Produced by
Jonathan Powell .... producer (7 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Original Music by
Geoffrey Burgon (7 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Cinematography by
Tony Pierce-Roberts (7 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Film Editing by
Chris Wimble (4 episodes, 1979)
Clare Douglas (3 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Production Design by
Austen Spriggs (7 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Costume Design by
Joyce Mortlock (7 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Makeup Department
Elizabeth Rowell .... makeup artist (7 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Art Department
Douglas Burd .... graphic designer (7 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Sound Department
Mike Crozier .... dubbing editor (7 episodes, 1979)
Stan Morcom .... dubbing mixer (7 episodes, 1979)
Malcolm Webberley .... sound recordist (7 episodes, 1979)
Paul Ashton .... dubbing editor (3 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Terry Manning .... chief electrician (1 episode, 1979)
Jim Monks .... chief grips (1 episode, 1979)
 
Series Editorial Department
Simon Holland .... assistant editor (1 episode, 1979)
 
Series Other crew
Frances Alcock .... assistant to director (7 episodes, 1979)
Peter Grimwade .... production assistant (7 episodes, 1979)
Jeremy Silberston .... assistant floor manager (7 episodes, 1979)
Tony Virgo .... production assistant (7 episodes, 1979)
Marcia Wheeler .... production unit manager (7 episodes, 1979)
Betty Willingale .... script editor (7 episodes, 1979)
Christabel Albery .... assistant floor manager (6 episodes, 1979)
 

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Runtime:
290 min | UK:315 min (7 parts)
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Aspect Ratio:
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Trivia:
Alec Guinness loosely based George Smiley's look and behaviour on Sir Maurice Oldfield, a former head of British intelligence. John le Carré also claims that Alec Guinness "stole his hairstyle" for George Smiley.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: During the outdoor daytime scene where Smiley converses with Prideaux, they are tracked by the camera as they walk across a field. At one point, when they are nearest the camera, the shadows of some crew members are just about visible on Prideaux's coat.See more »
Quotes:
[repeated line]
George Smiley:There are three of them, and Alleline.
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Soundtrack:
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63 out of 68 people found the following review useful.
Masterpiece, 29 January 2003
Author: henry-girling from London, England

The book by John Le Carre is intricate and multi layered and to attempt to film it was brave of the BBC. One wishes they had such courage these days, but that is another story. It is a television masterpiece.

The acting is superb. Alec Guinness was made for the part of George Smiley. From his opening scene in a London bookshop to the last shot of his face he is mesmerising. The supporting cast are the cream of British actors at the time. Some of them only have one scene like John Standing, Beryl Reid, Joss Ackland and Nigel Stock but they become real people before your eyes. Ian Bannen as Jim Prideaux is particularly moving and Hewyl Bennett gives the performance of his life.Even the actors who don't say anything look just right.

It is plainly filmed but that adds to the atmosphere. On the face of it life is normal and ordinary but beneath there is betrayal, anguish, danger and pain. The motif of Russian dolls in the opening credits is good. Dolls with faces, then one without and then an emptiness. In the end Smiley solves the mystery but the mystery of life is beyond him.

The music is great,sparse but edgy. I can watch this time and again and still get something out of it.

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