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Seasons:
1
Release Date:
25 October 1982 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Called out of retirement to settle the affairs of a friend, Smiley finds his old organization, the Circus... See more »
Awards:
Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 4 wins & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
More problematic than Tinker Tailor, but still wonderful. See more (35 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 10 of 30)

Alec Guinness ... George Smiley (6 episodes, 1982)

Eileen Atkins ... Madame Ostrakova (4 episodes, 1982)

Bill Paterson ... Lauder Strickland (4 episodes, 1982)
Vladek Sheybal ... Otto Leipzig / ... (4 episodes, 1982)
Andy Bradford ... Ferguson (4 episodes, 1982)
Bernard Hepton ... Toby Esterhase (3 episodes, 1982)

Michael Byrne ... Peter Guillam (3 episodes, 1982)
Anthony Bate ... Oliver Lacon (3 episodes, 1982)
Tusse Silberg ... Alexandra Ostrakova (3 episodes, 1982)
Germaine Delbat ... Madame La Pierre (3 episodes, 1982)
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Series Directed by
Simon Langton (6 episodes, 1982)
 
Series Writing credits
John Hopkins (6 episodes, 1982)
John le Carré (6 episodes, 1982)

Series Produced by
Jonathan Powell .... producer (6 episodes, 1982)
 
Series Original Music by
Patrick Gowers (6 episodes, 1982)
 
Series Cinematography by
Kenneth MacMillan (6 episodes, 1982)
 
Series Film Editing by
Clare Douglas (3 episodes, 1982)
Chris Wimble (3 episodes, 1982)
 
Series Production Design by
Austen Spriggs (6 episodes, 1982)
 
Series Costume Design by
Sheila Beers (6 episodes, 1982)
 
Series Makeup Department
Elizabeth Rowell .... makeup artist (6 episodes, 1982)
 
Series Production Management
Richard Cox .... production manager (6 episodes, 1982)
Marion McDougall .... production manager (6 episodes, 1982)
Jeremy Silberston .... production manager (6 episodes, 1982)
 
Series Art Department
Stewart Austin .... graphic designer (6 episodes, 1982)
David Privett .... properties buyer (6 episodes, 1982)
 
Series Sound Department
Ken Hains .... dubbing mixer (6 episodes, 1982)
Malcolm Webberley .... film recordist (6 episodes, 1982)
Michael Parker .... dubbing editor (3 episodes, 1982)
John Strickland .... dubbing editor (3 episodes, 1982)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Stuart Brisdon .... visual effects designer (1 episode, 1982)
 
Series Stunts
Rémy Julienne .... stunt arranger (1 episode, 1982)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Roy Russell .... chief grip (2 episodes, 1982)
 
Series Music Department
Patrick Gowers .... conductor (6 episodes, 1982)
 
Series Other crew
Diana Brookes .... production assistant (6 episodes, 1982)
Jenny Doe .... production assistant (6 episodes, 1982)
Gordon Ronald .... assistant floor manager (6 episodes, 1982)
Marcia Wheeler .... production associate (6 episodes, 1982)
Riitta Lynn .... assistant floor manager (3 episodes, 1982)
Lynn Richards .... assistant floor manager (3 episodes, 1982)
Renato Egger .... location manager: Switzerland (2 episodes, 1982)
Antoine Gannagé .... location manager: France (2 episodes, 1982)
Hans-Stefan Heyne .... location manager: Germany (2 episodes, 1982)
Olivier Péray .... location manager: France (2 episodes, 1982)
Rainer Swietochowski .... location manager: Germany (2 episodes, 1982)
Sandor Von Orosz .... location manager: Switzerland (2 episodes, 1982)
 

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UK:360 min (6 parts)
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Both Curd Jürgens and Michael Lonsdale had previously appeared as antagonists in the OO7 James Bond films: Jurgens had played Karl Stromberg in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), and Lonsdale had played Hugo Drax in Moonraker (1979).See more »
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Toby Esterhase:You do not buy photographs from Otto Leipzig, you don't buy Degas from Signor Benati, you follow me?See more »
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30 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
More problematic than Tinker Tailor, but still wonderful., 9 June 2005
Author: pekinman from Illinois

The merits of Alec Guinness's Smiley are familiar to anyone who has seen this wonderful BBC adaptation of LeCarré's great 'Karla' trilogy of books..well, two of the books anyway. Sadly they skipped over 'The Honourable Schoolboy' arguably the most exciting of the three.

Both 'Tinker Tailor' and 'Smiley's People' have their casting mishaps but nothing that detracts in any important way. I found Eileen Atkins' Ostrakova to be wildly miscast, physically, but masterfully acted, so she gets a pass. Michael Byrne's Guillam is an improvement over his predecessor in 'Tinker Tailor' but his part is so small that it hardly registers. Beryl Reid's scene as Connie Sachs is longer than her scene in 'Tinker Tailor' but still woefully short of the involved and fascinating scene in the book. It is in regards to Sachs and Jerry Westerby that I deeply regret the BBC not making 'The Honourable Schoolboy.' Reid would have been fabulous in that role, though still not nearly fat or tall enough to wear the original Connie's shoes.

Generally the actors are superb. There is an especially moving and unforgettable performance from Tulle Silberg as Alexandra Ostrakova. Her scene with Smiley is deeply touching and it is easy to understand why Smiley does what he does in the end. I won't say any more to avoid a spoiler.

'Smiley's People' is not as riveting as 'Tinker Tailor' I think because I found the first mini- series, focusing on the inner workings of the Circus, to be far more interesting than the foreign "outside" locations in 'Smiley's People.' But that's just me. I still love this film and watch it often.

Don't miss the Smiley series! The BBC will never make anything like it again, on the evidence of the mediocre bilge they've been catting up in recent years.

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